Curriculum Aims and Intent
Our curriculum aims/intends to:
These are the main values of our school upon which we have based our curriculum:
We use Cornerstones as the foundations to our curriculum with an umbrella topic theme overarching all of the learning. This provides a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by relevant skills and knowledge progression. This approach has a clear pedagogy to each topic and this is clearly shown below.
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
At Bassingham Primary School we have embraced the mastery approach to teaching Maths. This means that children are taught using carefully selected models and images to support their learning. Lessons are carefully structured to move in very small steps and to include a variety of ways of presenting their understanding of key concepts. We use the White Rose Maths schemes of learning that are recommended by the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).
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.
Reading is high priority at Bassingham Primary School and is a core focus within our curriculum. We use the approved government scheme Phonics Bug for the delivery of our phonics teaching across Reception and Key Stage 1. This is based on the Letters and Sounds programme and is a highly structured and supportive approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics. We intend to develop the children’s phonological awareness, ability to segment and blend words and read tricky words by sight in order to become fluent readers. We use Oxford Reading Tree as a basis for our reading scheme supported by Phonics Bug texts for our developing and emerging readers.
The teaching of high-quality phonics is supported by both small group guided reading and whole class reading comprehension lessons. All pupils take part in weekly guided reading sessions with their class teacher or teaching assistant. Pupils are grouped for these sessions via their reading ability. We also use the Nelson Comprehension materials to teach whole class reading. These lessons cover the core reading skills of vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequencing (VIPERS).
The teaching of Writing at Bassingham Primary School is underpinned by our Cornerstones Curriculum. Genres are carefully selected based upon the current topic being explored in class. This gives learning a real context and allows meaningful links to be made across the curriculum. Units of writing are taught over a two-week period allowing all aspects of the genre to be explored in depth before pupils write with increasing independence. Pupils 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.
In supporting and enriching our Cornerstones Curriculum, we also use other approaches to teaching wider subject across the Curriculum.
Science – we use Hamilton Trust to teach our hands-on Science curriculum
Computing – we use Purple Mash to teach our Computing curriculum
Physical Education – we use Synergy Sports Coaching to enhance our provision and we also follow their planning across school
Modern Foreign Languages – we use the Twinkl schemes of work to deliver French across Key Stage 2
PSHE – we use Jigsaw, a mindful approach to the teaching of PSHE across school
Music – we use Charanga to teach our Music curriculum
History and Geography are both taught in depth via our Cornerstones Curriculum.
Art and Design and Design and Technology are both taught in depth via our Cornerstones Curriculum.
Religious Education is taught in depth via our Cornerstones Curriculum.
Curriculum Subject Leaders
Art and Design, Relationships and Health Education
English, Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages
Science, PSHE and Assessment Lead
Music, Computing and EVC Lead
Design and Technology and Physical Education
Maths and Initial Teacher Training
Phonics, Geography and History
Please contact Mrs Tippings in the school office for any queries you may have regarding our curriculum.