curriculum

First of all what is a ‘curriculum’?

The curriculum includes the subjects which children study, the content of those individual subjects, how they are taught (there are several different approaches, for example, to the teaching of reading), how they relate to each other (or how they are integrated) and lastly, how teachers organise children’s learning over a half term, a term and the whole school year.

We aim to provide for the full academic, personal and social development of each pupil, and to encourage pupils to work and think independently and to make decisions within a moral code.

The curriculum at Brindishe Lee is designed to develop in all pupils:

  • high standards of literacy, mathematics and computing capability
  • the ability to discover facts accurately and use them critically
  • the ability to identify and solve problems creatively, as individuals and in co-operation with others
  • the ability to express themselves through the arts and to appreciate the art and creativity of others
  • the ability to work well with others showing social skills of co-operation and leadership, mutual respect, understanding and support
  • the motivation and ability to build on strengths and to learn from mistakes
  • an understanding of the local, wider and global communities

Subjects are often drawn together or integrated so that children will use several in their study of one particular area or theme. We therefore combine these times to produce a more cohesive and linked curriculum for our children.

You can download the latest copy of our agreed Brindishe Schools' Curriculum here

Reception

In reception class the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This is organised into seven areas of learning. There are 3 prime areas- communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas – literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

Each of these areas has its own learning goals. By the end of Reception, most children should have made significant progress towards achieving these goals.

The curriculum for Years 1 to 6

In years 1 to 6 we follow the national curriculum. Our curriculum includes: English, Maths, computing, science, and design and technology, music, art, RE (religious education), history, geography, PHSME (personal, social, health and moral education) and PE (physical education) including dance. We also teach a modern foreign language, Spanish.

These subjects are combined into six key areas of learning, as shown below

Spiritual understanding

Learning in RE (Religious education) or as we prefer to call it ‘spiritual understanding’, is based on the locally agreed syllabus. This ensures that children learn about the six major religions of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.

We take care not to indoctrinate children in any way and views on all religious matters are expressed in a balanced way. Our emphasis is on giving children a framework of moral understanding as well as knowledge of religious beliefs and practices to enable them to become caring members of society and form their own religious views.

Spritual understanding is sometimes taught as a separate subject and sometimes as part of a theme. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons and from daily acts of collective worship. Please discuss with the headteacher if you wish to withdraw your child.

Physical well-being, health and lifestyles

This area includes health education, promoting good behaviour and developing children’s awareness of themselves and others in the community. Learning is often incidental but always essential. It involves children learning to keep themselves fit and healthy and develop a set of values and beliefs, including respect for themselves, for others and for the environment.

We include drug and substance abuse education, aimed at encouraging children to recognise the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how to assert themselves against negative influences and pressures. We teach children how to recognise and avoid addictive or harmful substances and how to keep themselves fit, safe and healthy.

In Brindishe Lee the children use technology to support their learning, including to access the internet. We teach our children how to keep themselves safe when using the internet and mobile phones.

We will also develop children’s knowledge and understanding of their roles and responsibilities and how to make a positive contribution to their community. They will learn about democracy and how local and national government works.

We take time to develop children’s ability to listen to others, to express their views, and to discuss and debate current ideas and issues.

Sex and relationships education

Schools are able to decide whether or not to teach sex education and we include sex education as part of our curriculum. Before a class studies sex and relationships education formally parents are informed and are invited to view the materials, which will be used by a class. At other times if children ask teachers questions relating to sex or sexuality, it is our policy to answer their questions honestly and with regard for our equality policies. We will always try to inform you about the kind of questions your child is asking so that you may also respond to them.

Parents and carers are entitled to withdraw their child from formal sex and relationships education if they so wish, but we cannot withdraw a child from playground chatter, so we do hope that as many children as possible are able to take part in the lessons. We have a published policy for sex and relationships education. Please ask if you would like a copy.

School journey

In years 5 and 6 children take part in a residential school journey to support areas of learning such as geography and outdoor pursuits.

Assemblies

Assemblies happen daily and reflect the multi-cultural, multi-faith community of Brindishe Lee. Assemblies are broadly Christian in principle, exploring themes such as friendship, perseverance and tolerance. We learn about famous people through stories and traditions from around the world. In our assemblies we celebrate the achievements of those within our community and our wider community. Each week we have a special assembly in which we praise children and share our learning, achievement and successes.

Extra-curricular activities, clubs, tuition and enrichment

As well as the learning that we organise during the day we also offer a range of out-of-school and after-school clubs and activities. These are offered to different age groups at different times throughout the year. They  include such areas as basketball, dance, choir, hockey, tennis, multi-sports and French. We also offer extra opportunities such as Computing for very able children and booster classes for year 6 children. We offer instrumental tuition during the school day, at lunchtimes and after school. Children can learn to play an instrument such as violin or clarinet. Many clubs are free. There is a small charge for instrumental tuition and specialist sports coaching.