Here at Bromesberrow St. Mary's School we have clear aims in terms of our children's education, which we view , with equal emphasis being placed upon the academic; as well as the spiritual, moral and social aspects of teaching and learning. We have a dedicated Teaching and Learning policy that explains this in further depth.
We are a Values based school, where values are seen as an integral part of school life. We strongly believe that in order to succeed academically you need to have key qualities which will equip you on your learning journey. Our core Values are:
We teach the National Curriculum 2014 in Key Stages 1 and 2, Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum , and the Early Years Framework in Reception, link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2. A creative approach is employed in regards to our curriculum, whereby subjects are taught through a variety of over-arching themes and focused subject/skills weeks. Our curriculum is seen as ever-evolving and ever-changing, to reflect the transient nature of the world and society we live in. We are very keen to exploit our environment and maximise this to incorporate our community; we take on board ideas from children, parents, governors and local residents to provide enrichment opportunities to enhance our curriculum wherever possible. We are very proud of our 'bespoke' Bromesberrow curriculum.
Each term our teachers publish 'What We Will Be Learning About This Term' on the school website, with a weekly update provided in school newsletters, so that parents and children can be kept up to date and contribute ideas and resources. Our website also offers links for children to extend their learning in terms of literacy, numeracy and science skills, as well as topic based learning. In addition to this we now have home access to our school Espresso Software, so that children can continue their learning at home. Our weekly newsletters and monthly Achievement Assemblies provide parents with information and updates on what we are learning about in school. After each Achievement Assembly, we have an open classroom policy, where parents can come in to see their children's work and have a relaxed discussion with the teacher.
In literacy, we follow the National Curriculum and supportive supplimentary appendices (please see above link). This ensures we have excellent coverage to support children in developing and acquiring the key skills and knowledge to succeed in Reading and Writing. In the Early Years, a range of mark making and fine motor exercises are employed to ensure that right from the very start of their education children feel confident to investigate and attempt writing. In reception, years 1 and 2, children are taught how to put together all the letters and sounds they have been learning to write simple words initially and then progress on to write simple and then more complex sentences. These sentences are used to compose different text types e.g. non-fiction reports or fairy tales. In Ks2 (yrs. 3-6), we use the Alan Peat Exciting Sentences approach to teach and raise skills and aspirations in writing; we have found that this breaks down writing composition to enable all children to access the writing process in a way that makes sense to them-this is something we hope to role out to Ks1 too. Our Approach to Reading is explained clearly in a separate Tab on the home screen.
We follow the National Curriculum for Maths and use the Abacus scheme of work for our overview and long term planning. We believe that this gives us consistency and clear progression across the age phases to ensure that our standards continue to be good, working towards outstanding. Wherever possible, to use maths knowledge and skills, we link to themes and real life learning. One of the ways we achieve this is through problem solving days, otherwise we rely upon creative, quality, every day teaching. We carefully group children based upon their abilities to ensure that they get exactly what they need to continue to progress and achieve; employing extra support teachers to provide a booster group when needed.
The school teaches the LA's agreed Gloucestershire syllabus for Religious Education http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolsnet/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=50197&p=0, using Discovery RE Planning to compliment this http://discoveryschemeofwork.com/. We are a Church of England school and have excellent links with our local church. Our two reverends (Rev. John Furst and Rev. Tony Lomas) visit our school at least once a week to deliver assemblies and team teach RE to specific classes. It is wonderful to have this extra input, which supplements our curriculum, providing another level of expertise. We also hold a collective act of worship everyday, which is Christian based with strong links to values (of which we change each term to reflect the Christian calendar, as well as current local and global events).
Science is taught across the school in line with the expectations set out in the National Curriculum. We have a clear coverage tracker, which ensures progression in knowledge acquisition. Skills trackers for investigative skills in Science are used to assess progress and attainment, and provide teachers with regular updates to plan for individual needs. Science is taught in blocks/units and learning is revisited where needed.
Please see our PE policy and main tab on home screen.
Humanities, Art, DT, Computing, Music and MFL
These are as laid out in the National Curriculum in terms of coverage and knowledge acquistion. Coverage plans are in place where appropriate to support the planning process, however teachers are encouraged to use creativity and flexibility to teach these in with/to compliment their topic.
Please view each classes Medium Term plan to learn more: