Curriculum

Bradfield Dungworth School Curriculum

Overview:

The school uses a topic based approach to guide much of our teaching, based on The New National Curriculum, with flexibility created within it to allow for the varying needs of different classes and the school from one year to the next. Our curriculum has been designed to maximise creativity and develop independent learning. It is also a 'learning challenge curriculum', where children are involved in planning what they want to learn about and how they want to learn it. Questions are posed by the children, displayed in class and answered throughout the term. Educational Visits are planned for each term to link with the theme in order to inspire the children and take their learning beyond the classroom. Theme weeks take place three times a year where the whole school works together on a different aspect of the curriculum in a creative way. 

>> Click here for information about the New National Curriculum for 2014

Literacy:

We use a successful scheme called Read Write Inc. to support our delivery of literacy lessons, including phonics for early reading and writing, for developing comprehension, writing and spoken language skills and for embedding spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. As well as using Read Write Inc. across school, literacy lessons are linked to our themes, using objectives from the National Curriculum, to ensure each child is challenged fully within their age group. Each class will study a class novel or a class author each half term. Every child will have access to a copy of the text and will read along with the class teacher. They will then have the opportunity to answer comprehension style questions based on the text. this enables all pupils to develop their vocabulary and comprehension through hearing and reading texts at an appropriate level for their age.

>> Click here to see the Read Write Inc. Sound Pronunciation Guide

>> Click here for more information on Read Write Inc.

Our home-school reading scheme follows the National Bookband system. Children work systematically through the coloured bands appropriate to their level of ability. The children read from a range of reading schemes and 'real' books. The books the children bring home are at a 'practise' level and should be read at 95-100% accuracy.  Children are assessed regularly using the PM benchmarks assessment scheme which indicates when children should progress through the scheme. Please see your child's class teacher if you think they should move up a level. The handwriting style we use follows the 'Sheffield Structured' scheme and becomes fully cursive by the end of year 2.

Mathematics:

Bradfield Dungworth School began a full implementation of Mastery in Maths across our school in September 2016. Mastery in Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. 

We use the White Rose overview, plans and assessments to guide our lessons and use both the 'Inspire Maths' and 'Maths No Problem' schemes within the classroom.

These schemes  have been recommended by the Department for Education and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

 Below are some links to some fabulous maths activities for you to try at home.

Home Activities Year 1

Home Activities Year 2

Home Activities Year 3

Home Activities Year 4

Home Activities Year 5

Home Activities Year 6

Below are some links to help Parents/Carers with maths at home

Addition

Counting

Division

Fractions

Calculating with Fractions

Multiplication

Subtraction

Times Tables

Other Subjects:

Science is taught where it links to the topic  but also discretely in blocks every term

Music, RE and French are  taught in blocks  ensuring coverage of the Local Authority Syllabus. Y3/4 pupils receive recorder tuition from a specialist music teacher. The rest of the school follow the Charanga music scheme endorsed by Sheffield Music Hub.Acorn Class Overview 2018-19

PE and PSHE  are timetabled away from Theme based lessons. Y3 and Y4 follow the 'Special Friends' programme which teaches children strategies to support them with the development of good mental health.

Curriculum Organisation:

  • Each class has an average of three Topics throughout the year, with one topic per term.
  • Each Topic has a ‘driver’, the area of the curriculum which dominates its learning. This is  either Humanities (Geography or History) or Science and Technology. (Knowledge and Understanding of the World)
  • Throughout each topic, staff look at ways to develop resilience, build a sense of community and encourage mindfulness as these are the areas where we believe our children need to become 21st century citizens

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

This comprises of 10 foundation subjects plus R.E. Those marked * are core subjects.

Mathematics*
English*
Science*
Religious Education*
Computing
History
Geography
Art
Music
Physical Education
Design Technology

A child passes through 5 Key Stages in their compulsory education.

Key Stage Age Type of School
Foundation 3 – 5 Nursery/Primary (Reception class in school)
1 5 - 7 Primary
2 8 - 11 Primary
3 12 - 14 Secondary
4 15 - 16 Secondary

Testing:

Children at the end of Key Stage 1 are tested using S.A.Ts - Standard Assessment Task. Children in Year 1 will also undertake a Phonics Screening Check to test their reading progress.

S.A.Ts are also given to children at the end of Key Stage 2. 

>> Click here to read the government's information about testing arrangements in Primary Schools.

>> Click here for more information about the Phonics Screening Test in Year 1.

 

You will find our yearly Curriculum Maps attached below:

Amethyst Overview 2016-2017 .docx                        

Jade Class Overview 2016-2017.docx

Rainbow overview 2016-2017.docx     

Ruby Overview 2016-17

Rainbow Overview 2017-18

Jade Overview 2017-18

Amethyst Overview 2017-18

Ivy Class Overview 2018-19

Willow Class Overview 2018-19

Acorn Class Overview 2018-19