Curriculum at Braybrook
We want children and adults at Braybrook Primary Academy to be happy; learning and growing in a safe environment which values the whole person.
At our school:
we respect everyone, promote teamwork and co-operation and celebrate individuals’ successes.
we provide creative learning experiences that engage and inspire all learners to be the best that they can be.
By the time they leave us in Yr 6, we want all children to have developed the skills and attributes to be:
independent and successful learners.
happy, healthy and confident individuals.
responsible and caring citizens.
It is this vision and these values which underpin and inform our school curriculum and the learning opportunities through which we inspire and engage our learners, in preparation for their future lives.
At Braybrook Primary Academy, we believe that a successful curriculum must be built upon high-quality teaching and inspirational learning opportunities, which allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them.
The ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’ that we explore each half–term are mapped closely to the coverage and requirements of the new national curriculum, whilst allowing our learners and teachers every opportunity for flexibility and creativity to steer a theme and pursue a topic wherever their interests lead. This has enabled us to create exciting, engaging and meaningful cross-curricular links between programmes of study and different subject areas, whilst also developing and embedding the essential skills required of each and every child .
Our curriculum, which is based on that of ‘Cornerstones Education’, is founded on a philosophy which promotes four key ‘cornerstones’ of learning, giving our learners the opportunity to
‘ENGAGE’, ‘DEVELOP’, ‘INNOVATE’ and ‘EXPRESS’.
The Four-stage philosophy:
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:
- gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
- enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
- get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
- begin researching and setting enquiry questions
- get lots of opportunities to make observations.
- develop spoken language skills.
- take part in sensory activities.
- have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
- improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
- develop and practice their new skills.
- compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
- research their own questions and those set by others.
- follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
- complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
- apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
- solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
- get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
- revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
- become the performers, experts and informers.
- share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
- evaluate finished products and processes.
- link what they have learnt to where they started.
- celebrate their achievements!
In addition to this:
In EYFS, our children work towards their Early Learning Goals, addressing key areas of learning and development in:
- Communication and language.
- Physical development.
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Literacy (inc. daily phonics through ‘Letters and Sounds’).
- Understanding the world.
- Expressive arts and design.
In KS1, our children have daily phonics sessions, based on the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics teaching programme, in addition to a daily mathematics and ‘Connected Writing’ session. RE, PSHE and weekly PE sessions stand outside of the ‘connected learning’ opportunities. However, links are made where pertinent and possible.
In KS2, our children have daily phonics or writing skills sessions, in addition to a daily mathematics and ‘Connected Writing’ session. As in KS1, RE, PSHE and weekly PE sessions stand outside of the ‘connected learning’ opportunities. However, links are made where pertinent and possible.
For further information, why not explore our curriculum and its exciting learning opportunities through:
- the curriculum newsletters, published online.
- the curriculum maps, which record long term ‘connected learning’ opportunities across the school.
- exploring the gallery of photographs, which celebrate our love of learning.
- arranging a visit to our school to see us in action.