Our Curriculum

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Our Curriculum at Badgerbrook

Our curriculum is driven by the need to prepare our children for life long learning.  Themes are planned with children’s needs in mind.  We want to ensure the local community plays a part alongside the wider world.  Reading and developing a rich and varied vocabulary underpins our curriculum, and visits and visitors are planned in to support and inspire learning.

In Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we follow the National Curriculum.  Our Big Pictures give you the details for each year group and each term. Details of the National Curriculum can be found on the Department for Education’s website.

Free paper copies of any of our curriculum documents are available on request by contacting the school office: 0116 2752353 or office@badgerbrook.leics.sch.uk

The curriculum reflects the need of all pupils and mirror’s the school’s aim to provide a broad, balanced, creative and challenging curriculum for all pupils. We are proud to be a ‘No Outsiders’ school and a Route to Resilience accredited school

Please follow the is link to find out more: Making the curriculum accessible for all

The Special Needs & Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs V Toon and she can be contacted through the school office 0116 2752353 or office@badgerbrook.leics.sch.uk

If you want to find out more about the curriculum please speak to the Headteacher, Ms Meyrick. You can contact her by email: office@badgerbrook.leics.sch.uk or by phone 0116 2752353.

                  You can also see our Motto, Vision and Mission Statement by following  this link

Teaching and learning:

At Badgerbrook Primary School children in KS1 and KS2 follow the National Curriculum. Children in EYFS follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Our teachers deliver the curriculum in topics that are relevant and exciting for our pupils. We base our curriculum on a ‘Learning Challenge’ Curriculum where each topic begins with a ‘big question’. Each half term teachers produce a curriculum plan that shows the links between the different curriculum subjects through a big question. We call this half termly plan the ‘big picture’. All learning is sequential and through careful tracking of progression of skills, leaders and teachers ensure that pupils learn by building upon prior knowledge, with the intention that they know more and remember more. Throughout the topic, inquiry skills are developed, due to the fact that each lesson begins with a composite question, known as the ‘learning question’. At the end of each topic the pupils have the opportunity to answer the ‘big question’ and reflect on their learning journey.

Our curriculum is based on vocabulary which can be transferred to learning at other points of a child’s education and beyond.  This vocabulary is carefully planned for each topic to ensure it is meaningful, transferable and ambitious.  The vocabulary is displayed in every classroom and known as ‘sticky words’. Knowledge is built upon through the progression of sticky words.

The importance of a positive attitude to learning is supported by the use of the key learning behaviours, known as ‘character muscles’. Our school promotes and celebrates these through all aspects of school life. It is the aim that every child leaves Badgerbrook equipped with both the knowledge and skills to continue successfully as lifelong learners, with the character muscles embedded securely.

Through our teaching we are:

  • Ensuring high standards are achieved through curiosity, discovery and partnership between pupils, staff, parents and the community
  • Providing an enquiry-based, challenge curriculum, developing knowledge, understanding and transferable skills in a purposeful way that will improve the lives of our children
  • Creating inclusive and accessible learning environments that are safe, welcoming and enticing
  • Using innovative and creative approaches to learning that recognise the importance of equipping children for the future in a rapidly changing world
  • Nurturing pupils’ self-esteem, self-awareness, confidence, resilience, health and wellbeing

In our planning we reflect these concepts:

  • Progress means knowing more and remembering more.
  • Knowledge is generative (or sticky) ie the more you know the more easily you can learn.
  • Vocabulary size relates to academic success. Education is crucial for increasing the breadth of children’s vocabulary.

We consider these factors that link to a high quality curriculum:

  • A focus on subjects even when topics are taught
  • A depth and breadth of curriculum content
  • Seeing the curriculum as a progression across the years
  • Having a clear purpose for assessment
  • Reviewing and evaluating curriculum design
  • Clear curriculum leadership (which is often distributed) and ownership
  • Considering local context and ensuring it is relevant for our children

In Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we follow the National Curriculum. Further details can be found on the Department for Education’s website

If you want to find out more about the curriculum please speak to the Headteacher, Ms Meyrick. You can contact her by email: office@badgerbrook.leics.sch.uk or by phone 0116 2752353.

Phonics and Reading in Key Stage 1

We use the Read, Write Inc approach to teach reading, writing, and phonics in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and into the autumn term in Year 2.  We combine this with other reading and writing opportunities to suit all pupils.

Following this approach, pupils are taught in ability groups, thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level, not their age. Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group.  Full details and advice on how to support this at home please follow this link to the phonics information

Big Pictures

Click below to see the Big Picture for each year group for each term.

Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught as our Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.
The topics covered each year can be found in this document

Computing is taught throughout the school and the areas covered are shown in this document.

The Badgerbrook Religious Education Syllabus can be found by following this link: Badgerbrook RE Syllabus (updated April 2021)