Handbook-School Curriculum

School Curriculum

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.

Please see the Our Curriculum page of this website for more details

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.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

As a part of your child’s education at Badgerbrook we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

We deliver Relationships Education as part of our wider provision of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE), which also includes statutory Health Education.

Our Relationships Education policy can be found on our Policies page:  badgerbrook.org.uk/policies/

Religious Education and Collective Worship

We endeavour to give our pupils experiences that will engage and encourage them to explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living, actively promoting values, including British values.

Through this we aim to assist pupils to develop as individuals who are tolerant, sensitive and respectful of others.  We hope they will have understanding attitudes towards the belief of others, regardless of whatever personal views they may hold.

Our aims are based on the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for R.E. We aim to:

  • develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the principal world faiths represented in Leicestershire.
  • promote awareness, respect and sensitivity for the cultures and traditions of other people
  • encourage children to ask and reflect on challenging questions.
  • provide opportunities for personal reflection where children can explore their own beliefs (not necessarily religious).

Full details of our RE policy can be found on our Policies page: badgerbrook.org.uk/policies/  and details of the syllabus can be found on Our Curriculum page: badgerbrook.org.uk/Our Curriculum/

Assemblies are non-denominational and conducted in a manner which is sensitive to the faiths and beliefs of all members of the school community.  Assemblies reflect and celebrate the traditions of the main religions, particularly those that are represented in the school and the wider community

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.

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 often have to ask parents to make a voluntary contribution. Whilst no child would ever be excluded from these experiences for failing to contribute, unfortunately, the school may have to cancel such events where insufficient contributions have been offered. This will be at the discretion of the Headteacher. Parents and guardians who might find making contributions difficult are encouraged to meet with the Headteacher, in confidence, as financial help may be available.  Our Charges and Remissions policy can be found on our Policies page: badgerbrook.org.uk/policies/

Homework

Full details of the Badgerbrook Homework policy can be found on our Policies page:  badgerbrook.org.uk/policies/

Through this policy we aim to:

  • Ensure that parents are clear what their child is expected to do
  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school
  • Use homework as a tool to help continue to raise standards of attainment
  • Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment
  • Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning
  • Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences
  • Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for individual learning
  • Practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy
  • Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently
  • Prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school