Curriculum 'in a nutshell' at the bottom of this page
Here at Bromesberrow St. Mary's School we have clear aims in terms of our children's education, with equal emphasis being placed upon the academic; as well as the spiritual, moral and social aspects of teaching and learning. As a Church of England school we feel that it is important to educate the 'whole' child to engender a love of learning that will last a lifetime! We thought carefully as a school community about what our curriculum should look like, although we are mindful that this is forever evolving.
We teach the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2, Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum, and the Early Years Framework in Reception, link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-yearsfoundation-stage-framework--2.
A creative approach is employed in regards to our curriculum, whereby subjects are taught through a variety of over-arching themes and focused subject/skills weeks. We are very keen to exploit our environment and maximise this to incorporate our community; we take on board ideas from children, parents, governors and local residents to provide enrichment opportunities to enhance our curriculum wherever possible. We are very proud of our 'bespoke' Bromesberrow curriculum.
Reaching for the Stars in Aspiration and Hope
This is accessible and understandable for the whole school community. We aim for a community of children and adults who are able to flourish and thrive in what they do. We use the sense of aspiration and hope from the biblical teachings to promote 'reaching for the stars' in the world we encounter today.
We have 6 core values, which we see as our learning behaviours to enable children to 'reach for the stars' and achieve their best. These are
These link into our Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD) and Fundamental British Values (FBV) curriculum and should permeate the curriculum. Values should be visible in dialogue, marking and feedback, display, books, worship etc...
We use a 3B4ME philosophy which builds resilience and independence in our children, promoting a growth mindset, whereby children look to themselves, then their peers and only then an adult. Each classroom has this displayed and illustrated to the children and staff (brain, buddy, board, boss). Staff remind children of these as needed, but mostly we expect the children to refer to these throughout the day, taking responsibility for their own learning. This is to support our children to master and work at greater depth with the curriculum, modelling an increased independence and a deeper understanding.
Real Life Learning
It is important to us as a school that we have a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares children for life and the world outside school (thinking in terms of FBV and, SMSCD). With regard to this we highlight in our medium term planning FBV and SMSCD, so that these are explicit and taught as part of and alongside the NC subjects, as well as supporting that broader pastoral learning.
The use of trips is used as a good motivator (as recognised by research from the National Audit Office 2015, 40% of children felt that school trips helped them, with 89% feeling very positive about trips on the whole). We provide both local and further afield trips to broaden our children's world and viewpoints, as well as enhance learning within class subjects.
Staff plan carefully, so that they are ensuring strong coverage and progression in learning, however are also creative in this, so that they capitalise on the children's interests. We believe strongly at Bromesberrow, that if children are inspired to learn they will, and it is our job to find ways to 'switch them on to learning'. This is where we see our Values as learning behaviours really working in practice.
In addition to this, one of the great things about being a Church of England school, is that we have access to some superb Diocese funded events, e.g. The Easter Experience and Gloucester Mosque visit. These are all about developing respect for others, and developing our own understanding of spirituality, morality and fostering a sense of belonging.