Our Curriculum Statement of Intent
Ofsted’s working definition:
- The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent)
- For translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation)
- For evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievement)
When considering our Badgerbrook curriculum, we asked ourselves the following questions:
- What are we trying to achieve through our curriculum?
- How far do we consider the quality of the curriculum in each subject?
- How is our curriculum being delivered?
- How effectively do leaders and teachers consider the content and sequencing of the curriculum in each subject area?
- What difference is our curriculum making?
- How well are pupils learning the content outlined in the curriculum?
We considered the following concepts;
- Progress means knowing more and remembering more
- Knowledge is generative (or sticky) i.e. 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 considered 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
Teaching and learning:
Our children in KS1 and KS2 follow the National Curriculum. Children in Foundation Stage follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics. We base our curriculum on a ‘Challenge’ curriculum where each topic begins with a ‘Big Question’. Each subject is based on a sequence of component questions which work towards the children being able to answer the Big Question. Each half term teachers will produce a curriculum plan that shows the links between different curriculum subjects and how they can be linked by overarching topics- we call this the ‘Big Picture’. Year groups will work together on the same topics and there should be plenty of opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom.
Vocabulary that can be transferred to learning at other points of a child’s education is what the curriculum is based on. This vocabulary is carefully considered for each topic to ensure it is meaningful, transferable and ambitious. In classrooms you will see these words displayed as ‘sticky words.’ Displays are in the form of working walls and reflect most current learning at all times.
We are a ‘Routes to Resilience’ accredited school and we have underpinned our curriculum with the key values that we feel are important. Everyone in school knows these as our character muscles and our school promotes these values across every aspect of the curriculum as we strive to unlock the potential of every child.
The five core values which the parents and carers feel are the most important are;
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
Click here to see Badgerbrook’s Motto, Vision and Mission statement.
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
For more details of the Maths curriculum please see the Maths at Badgerbrook page
For more details of the English curriculum please see the English at Badgerbrook page
Click below to see the Big Picture for each year group for the Spring and Summer Terms.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught as our Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.
Areas covered include:
- Using nouns, adjectives, verbs
- Singing French songs
- Dates and birthdays
- Numbers to 100
- Telling the Time
- Use of everyday words/language
- Basic conversational French
- Broadening vocabulary