At Bassingham Primary School, we follow the Primary National Curriculum. This comprises the CORE SUBJECTS: Mathematics, English and Science which are taught as stand-alone subjects and also through integrated topic themes. It also includes the FOUNDATION SUBJECTS: art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, languages (key stage 2 only), music and physical education. These are mainly taught through a topic theme each half-term. RE is taught as a stand-alone subject based on the Agreed Syllabus produced in Lincolnshire.
At Bassingham Primary School we use Inspire Maths to help us in teaching the National Curriculum for mathematics.
Inspire Maths provides a consistent approach to the teaching of maths, it has high expectations that are required for our pupils to achieve the required standard at Year 6.
The following documents are here to support parents with understanding Inspire Maths.
At Bassingham Primary School we follow the National Curriculum for English. This is taught through a daily English lesson where children learn the skills appropriate to their age and ability. We also deliver regular additional spelling and handwriting sessions.
Reading is taught through a variety of whole class, guided group and individual sessions. The main reading scheme used in school is the “Oxford Reading Tree”. This is supported through a graded home-reading system and a wide selection of library books, providing reading material and experience. Every child is encouraged to take their reading books home. A reading record booklet is completed and provides a home-link with parents. A record is also kept using our excellent library management system.
Writing is given a high profile at Bassingham. Children learn to write fiction, poetry and non-fiction through a range of genres. They also have the opportunity to apply the skills taught through their topic writing and through other subjects. We teach children to develop knowledge and understanding of basic grammar, punctuation and spelling rules through a designated weekly session. Children follow the “Nelson” scheme for handwriting.
Cross Curricular Learning
Our school uses Cornerstones. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum. It is based on a four stage pedagogy – Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.
Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
Set the scene and provide the context for learning.
Ask questions to find out children’s interests.
Spark children’s curiosity using interesting starting points.
Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.
Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
Enable children to apply previously learned skills.
Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.
Provide environments for reflective talk.
Create opportunities for shared evaluation.
Celebrate and share children’s success.
Identify next steps for learning.
We fulfil the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for all subjects through our project work. There is a scheme of topics that incorporate a broad coverage of subjects. Thus our provision ensures continuity and progression.
The Foundation Stage covers our Reception Class. The curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
Progress in each of these areas is measured against the early learning goals. It is recorded in the Foundation Stage Profile and used to inform parents. We share the learning journey of our children using “School Pupil Tracker Online” which is an online recording of all the learning and fun of children’s early years education.
The Agreed Syllabus we follow was produced in Lincolnshire following the publication of the Non-Statutory Framework for Religious Education.
Through the teaching of RE, we enable and encourage pupils to:
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity: learn about and learn from Christian faith and life;
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of the other principal religions found in the United Kingdom and their associated ways of living;
- Have respect for all people and their right to hold, or not to hold, religious beliefs;
- Appreciate the way in which religious beliefs shape life and how these beliefs contribute to personal morality and social responsibility;
- Appreciate the distinctive nature of religion within human experience and develop a personal sense of meaning in life.
The teaching of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural principles, as well as British Values is enhanced through assemblies as well as through daily lessons. Seasonal events such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas, as well as multi-cultural festivals are celebrated.