Handbook-School Curriculum

School Curriculum

The curriculum at Badgerbrook is delivered through three key stages; Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. A new curriculum was introduced from the start of the Autumn term 2014.

Please see the Curriculum Map section of this website for more details

In all subjects and at all levels, the children will be taught through a balance of class, group and individual teaching and learning activities. Different teaching methods are used to cater for all learning styles to ensure that your child is able to achieve his/her potential. We aim to ensure that our exciting curriculum meets the needs of everyone, including gifted and talented children and those with special educational needs.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

Religious Education is compulsory for all children within the framework of the National Curriculum. Our R.E. lessons and our assemblies are non-denominational. They are, however, broadly Christian in outline. The school works within guidelines provided by the “Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus”. The Leicestershire Syllabus was agreed by SACRE – a committee made up of representatives of all the major religions in this county. In our Religious Education lessons, we want the children to have the chance to further their own knowledge and understanding of other people’s customs and beliefs. Our work here is organised so that the children have the chance to gain an insight into the major faiths represented in our country. We hope all of our children will use this knowledge to develop a tolerance and sympathy for the concept that different people have very different beliefs. During a typical week, children will go to Key Stage and class assemblies. Different teachers, often helped by their classes, lead the assemblies. There are sometimes class assemblies to which parents are invited.

On Fridays we hold Celebration Assemblies. Headteacher awards and stickers are presented. Children are nominated by their class teacher for a significant achievement or act of kindness.

Health Education and Sex Education

Within our curriculum, the following aspects of Health Education are covered at an appropriate age: Dental care, diet, health and exercise, the correct use of medicines and awareness of the effects of alcohol and tobacco. Personal hygiene issues are also addressed. The school welcomes the input offered by the School Nurse.

The National Curriculum for Primary schools also states that children should:

  • “be able to describe the main stages in the human life cycle”
  • “understand the process of reproduction in mammals”.

The younger children ( 5-7 years) follow programmes of study which enable them to understand how humans move, grow and use their senses. The older children (8 – 11 years) study the major organ systems in the body. They also study the processes of breathing, reproduction and circulation.

In addition, the oldest children have the opportunity to talk about issues relating to Puberty. Some issues are discussed by the mixed group, whilst others are addressed separately in groups of boys and girls. Parents are always advised as to the timing of these talks and may withdraw their child should they so wish.

Staff and Governors have produced a Policy for Sex Education which provides a structure for the work we do in this area with our children. This is available on the web site.

Visits and Visitors

Visits and visitors are an important and exciting part of school life, enhancing and enriching the curriculum for the children. What better way to learn about the roman way of life than to meet a roman soldier and try on his armour? How can children explore pond creatures in their habitat without leaving the premises? Whilst we try to keep costs to a minimum and subsidise wherever possible, we have to ask parents to make a voluntary contribution. Whilst no child would ever be excluded from these days for failing to contribute, unfortunately, the school may have to cancel such events where insufficient contributions have been offered.

Whilst all the normal day-to-day costs for Art and Crafts are met from the budget, there will be times when the class makes something special in Technology or Pottery.

Remissions and reductions

Remission or reductions from charges may be granted where parents are in receipt of Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance. Please come and see the Headteacher, in confidence.

Homework

Full details of the Badgerbrook Homework policy can be downloaded here.

Homework can be set in many different forms with different outcomes and expectations. When setting homework, there are a number of points to consider:

  • The nature and type of homework will change throughout a pupil’s school career
  • The amount and frequency of homework will generally increase as a pupil gets older
  • Homework will not necessarily be a written task
  • Homework will be set from the Foundation Stage to Year 6
  • Homework should not be onerous. If parents have any concerns they should contact the class teacher. Sufficient time is always allowed for the completion of a homework task. Regular practice is to be encouraged for reading, spelling and times tables.

The Homework Policy gives number of example tasks and activities that may be given as homework. This is not an exhaustive list and is open to change, although many of these tasks and activities will be used on a regular basis. Homework activities will change to meet the needs of the pupils involved and activities that might be occurring in class. All homework will have a clear purpose and assist pupils in the process of their development.