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.
We have developed a clear, progressive curriculum for each subject. 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 with 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 (rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ), which we see as our learning behaviours to enable children to 'reach for the stars' and achieve their best. These are:
'In the Gospel of John, it is shared how Jesus got down and washed the feet of his disciples. He exclaimed that 'slaves are never greater than their masters and messengers are never greater than the ones who sent them' (13:16). The message is given that we should respect all people regardless of station.
When Jesus talks to the Rich, Young Man and then addresses his disciples (Matthew 19: 26-27), he shares the importance of motivation and living by the 12 Commandments. He encourages all people to give all that they have stating that 'with God all things are possible'
'So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.' Nehemiah 4:6. Everyone combined forces to rebuild the wall, showing great cooperation and teamwork, working against the odds
Seen in the 'Book of Jonah', where God shows great love and kindness to the people of Nineveh, by forgiving them for their sins and showing mercy.
God shows immense Pride in his Creation in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis (1:31), where he 'he looked at all he had made, and he was very pleased.'
Noah showed immense perseverance and faith in building an ark and filling it to God's instruction. God was so pleased with his perseverance and recognised that he was the 'only one in all the world, who does what is right' ( Genesis 7:1)
These link into our Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD) and should permeate the curriculum. Values should be visible in dialogue, marking and feedback, display, books, worship etc...
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.