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Curriculum

At Briar Hill Primary School children really matter. Every child’s ability is recognised, developed and rewarded. Our curriculum is tailored to meet individual needs and aspirations, which ensure all our children are interested and motivated to learn. 

To find out more about the Curriculum for each year group please click on the subject documents on the left-hand side of the page.

We have high expectations and a strong focus on English and Maths. We promote enjoyment for learning and encourage children to be independent, reflective learners through the development of thinking skills. 

Knowledge of how each individual learns best is important. Clear procedures are in place to identify and meet children’s individual needs providing extra support and new challenges where appropriate to help every child fulfil their potential. 

The National Curriculum 

The National Curriculum is the statutory part of the whole curriculum we offer children in Years 1-6. Our aim is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable programme within these guidelines and within our own principles to provide children with opportunities for all round development.

The school has developed a curriculum map which indicates what children should cover in each term. These themes lead into a connected and joined curriculum which drives the reading, writing and mathematical skills of the children.

Please use the document links on the left of the page for a breakdown of the topics taught each term.

The children are taught as a whole class or in small groups. Groupings can be by ability or mixed ability, depending on the work planned by the teacher.
Children spend a minimum of an hour a day on English and Maths. These basic skills are extended through all other curriculum subjects.

For further information about the curriculum followed at Briar Hill Primary School please contact us. 

Phonics 

Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The programme is for:

  • Pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
  • Any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly
  • Struggling readers in Years 5 and 6 follow Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

We teach pupils to:

  • decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
  • read ‘tricky’ words on sight
  • understand what they read
  • read aloud with fluency and expression
  • write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
  • spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
  • acquire good handwriting. 

Children are encouraged to take a book home every day. Children change their books regularly, so book bags should be brought to school every day.

We follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Details can be found here 

In addition, we teach pupils to work effectively with a partner to explain and consolidate what they are learning. This provides the teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on difficulties, such as pupils’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic code knowledge.

We group pupils homogeneously, according to their progress in reading rather than their writing. This is because it is known that pupils’ progress in writing will lag behind progress in reading, especially for those whose motor skills are less well developed.

We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and the ‘tricky words’. This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain confidence that they are readers. Re-reading and discussing these books with the teacher supports their increasingly fluent decoding.

Pupils write at the level of their spelling knowledge, that is, they use their knowledge of the alphabetic code and the tricky words they have learnt. They can soon spell more complex words confidently and accurately. The quality of the vocabulary they use in their writing reflects the language they have heard in the books the teacher has read to them; they have also discussed what the words mean.

Our aim is for pupils to complete the phonics programme as quickly as possible. The sooner they complete it, the sooner they will be able to choose books to read at their own interest and comprehension level.

We assess all pupils from Year R to Year 4 on the Read Write Inc. Sound and Word Entry Assessment and we use these data to assign them to either Read Write Inc.Phonics or English lesson. This gives us a very good indication of how well they are making progress relative to their starting points.

For those on the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, we record their starting date and entry point on the tracker to monitor the rate at which they are making progress. We can also easily identify those who joined the programme later.

Our successes:

We have many different ways of showcasing the impact of RWI at our school. There are trends within the phonics monitoring that show children in different interest groups are making progress and our overall reading picture in the school is constantly improving. However, the most effective way to celebrate this success is to listen to one of the RWI children read and tell you how they have developed as a reader.

Further information:

These videos from the Ruth Miskin website illustrate the way that RWI works. These are considered ‘model’ sessions which we aspire to meet and exceed.

http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/teacher-support/video/index.html

TRANSITION TO KS1

The Foundation Stage curriculum is continued into Year 1 to ensure that children make an easy transition from Foundation Stage to KS1. The National Curriculum is incorporated according to the children’s learning.

David Ross Education Trust and British Values:

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.

To find out more about British Values at Briar Hill Primary School please download the document on the left-hand side.

For further information about the Curriculum at Briar Hill Primary School please contact our class teachers or the school office.