At Bankwood Primary School it is our vision that all our children experience a rigorous academic curriculum that is challenging, enriching and accessible to all. Our children are supported to grow to be independent learners, problem solvers and creative thinkers to provide them with the best opportunities for the next stage in their education and for later life. In lessons, and around school, children have a feeling of safety and security where opinions are valued and they are able to take risks. Independence and engagement of all is encouraged, by varying teaching and learning styles and differentiating appropriately for specific cohorts and groups.
Throughout school, both through the taught and extended curriculum, children are prepared for life in Modern Britain. Fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are integrated into all aspects of school life. We provide a coherent programme of personal, health, social and economic education that ensures our students become confident citizens. To raise the profile of these issues, these projects are also the basis of class enquiries, with the children’s responses presented in assemblies.
We recognise the importance of children developing fluency in the key skills of reading, writing and maths from an early age as a tool for success and a vehicle to access and extend learning across the curriculum. Lesson planning is built on the principle that these key skills need to be taught discreetly at all stages, with opportunities for children to embed and enhance these skills through purposeful and well-planned lessons across the curriculum.
Our curriculum is designed to give all lessons a purpose. In planning and sharing learning intentions, teachers ask and answer the questions: Why are we doing this? What do we hope to achieve? Where does this lesson fit into the planned sequence? How does it build on previous learning to help children transition to the next stage?
Sequences of lessons are planned across the curriculum to develop skills in specific subject areas. Planning follows a process of providing a hook and context to engage the learners; development and mastering of skills; application and response. All lessons are vocabulary rich with key words being taught and embedded in to children’s learning.
We have adopted an enquiry-based approach to teaching the broader curriculum. In Key Stage One and Two, year groups have four main enquiry projects (in addition to science) each academic year covering themes of classical literature, citizenship and the humanities. Throughout the programmes of study, children are encouraged to think critically and to ask and answer questions. They draw on earlier experiences to integrate new learning into their knowledge and understanding of wider concepts. All projects build in opportunities for children to interpret their new learning through a creative, written and computing response. Through these responses, children consolidate, apply and bring together learning from across the curriculum.
Our curriculum recognises the importance of children starting with what they know but also broadening their horizons. Long term planning for all year groups stipulates a local enquiry as well as a project based further afield either in Britain or beyond. These topics and projects provide breadth and balance whilst being rooted in creating real life experiences for the children to motivate them and foster a love of learning. Enquiries are enriched, where ever possible by exploiting the rich resourcing offered by our whole school environment. In addition, visitors to school are encouraged and educational visits both locally and further afield are a compulsory aspect to all programmes of study.
Specialist teachers are employed to teach weekly sessions of music, musical theatre, PE, Forest School and French. Staff work together to ensure that the learning in these sessions is integrated into class enquiries. There is a focus day for RE planned every half term. At Bankwood we follow the Sheffield agreed syllabus.
Classroom organisation and displays support learning. All classes have a working wall for English and Maths displaying prompts for current learning. Key vocabulary and resources are displayed and accessible for all lessons. Where children are working outside of the classrooms, displays and resources are replicated to the same standard. Displays, both in and out of the classroom, provide a balance between information about current topics and celebrating children’s work and achievements.
If you require more information about the curriculum the school is following, please contact the school office.