Our Curriculum

Remote Learning during the coronavirus pandemic

Staff at Badgerbrook have been working hard on our plan to deliver remote learning for the times when we have a full or partial closure of the school due to the national or local COVID-19 situation.

Information to help Badgerbrook parents and carers know what to expect if your child needs to self-isolate, or where national or local restrictions require your child to remain at home can be found here

You can also find more information in Badgerbrook’s Remote Learning policy  and the Live Lessons Learner Agreement which has already been shared with pupils, parents and staff. All other information about the school’s response to the pandemic can be found here 

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.

We encompass not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but are also proud to be a ‘No Outsiders’ school and a ‘Route to Resilience’ accredited school. You can read more about these on our Equality & SEND page.

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

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 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 work together on the same topics and there are 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 the most current learning at all times.

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;

                                                                 Determination      Respect        Resilience       Individuality      Courage

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

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.
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

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

The Badgerbrook Religious Education Syllabus can be found here