When planning the curriculum at Bhylls Acre, our teachers always take into consideration children’s prior learning They provide where possible, first-hand experiences, allowing the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
We understand that a child’s ability to learn is based on gaining knowledge & building on learned knowledge; as well as the ability to use and apply any associated skills adeptly and competently. Therefore, our curriculum is designed to marry these key components to ensure progress and a greater depth of understanding that leads to sustained mastery.
Depth of learning is important – we do not narrow our curriculum – we ensure children receive a broad and balanced curriculum and ensure learning is relevant, exciting, aspirational and challenging.
All National Curriculum subjects, within the curriculum are viewed as being equally important; but are underpinned by the understanding that basic literacy and numeracy competency is vital in all learning. English and Mathematics knowledge and skills have a high priority and where possible, we try to reinforce knowledge and skills across subjects.
Our REAL Curriculum is…
Relevant, research-based, reflective
Exciting, engaging, enquiry-led
Lively, for life-long learning
The aim of our curriculum is for Bhylls Acre pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent, motivated and resilient learners in preparation for the next stage of their education.
Our curriculum gives children the opportunity to:
Subject leaders have developed knowledge and skills organisers for each subject to ensure there is a clear progression of skills and to ensure the children make connections across a variety of subjects.
Class teachers plan the curriculum for their pupils using the knowledge and skills organisers and the children’s current knowledge and skills, so that real progress can be made and measured. Children’s prior knowledge is assessed at the outset and learning is planned accordingly. Knowledge is built upon and extended by enabling children to reflect on and evaluate their learning. Quizzing activities to consolidate learning and correct misconceptions are carried out on a weekly basis as well as end of unit assessments of long term acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Enrichment is provided throughout our curriculum by:
Class teachers send out curriculum newsletters at the beginning of each half term, to provide parents/carers with information about the learning ahead.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through: