At Birchwood Grove we believe in creating and delivering a curriculum that is broad, balanced and engaging for all children. Our main aim is to ensure that children enjoy learning, develop a lifelong love of learning and are prepared to take their place in the future as happy, fulfilled members of society.
Topics are carefully planned, involving the children’s interests wherever possible. We ‘hook’ the children in using super starters such as receiving a letter from a super hero or discovering ancient artefacts in the school grounds. This creates a sense of excitement from which the curriculum is planned combining the different subjects in the National Curriculum.
Alongside this, we believe it is of equal importance to teach and develop our school values and key skills. These skills are taken into account and actively promoted through various teaching styles in each topic. All the children’s learning is geared towards a ‘fabulous finish’ where the children fulfil the requirements set in the super start. Whenever possible, we invite parents and carers to fabulous finishes so they can share in their child’s learning and celebrate their successes.
When children start at Birchwood Grove they will continue their learning through Early Years (the period from birth to age five). The Early Years curriculum provides a range of activities, both indoors and outdoors. This provides them with the experiences necessary to develop skills in the seven areas of learning. At the end of Early Years the children progress on to the National Curriculum.
For more information about the National Curriculum you can follow the link to the Department for Education's documents below:
You may also like to contact the Curriculum leader Helen Butler (Deputy Headteacher).
In line with the National Curriculum (2014) each year group have particular mathematics skills that must be embedded by the end of the academic year. We believe in putting problem solving at the heart of our teaching; broadening children’s knowledge, enabling children to make links between mathematical areas and encouraging them to relate their learning to real life situations. A good knowledge of numbers or a ‘feel’ for numbers is essential within the curriculum and through structured practice and repetition the children are able to become fluent and manipulate number. We explore number and concepts in a variety of ways using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to help children use their known facts, reason their understanding and use their knowledge to solve problems.
At Birchwood Grove County Primary School, we believe that all pupils should be able to:
- use mathematical concepts, facts and procedures appropriately, flexibly and fluently;
- recall key number facts with speed and accuracy and use them to calculate and work out unknown facts;
- have sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding to reason and explain mathematical concepts and procedures and use them to solve a variety of problems.
- solve problems of greater complexity (i.e. where the approach is not immediately obvious), demonstrating creativity and imagination;
- independently explore and investigate mathematical contexts and structures, communicate results clearly and systematically explain and generalise the mathematics.
Teaching at Birchwood Grove is under-pinned by careful curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. The ‘5 principles of mastery’ model exemplifies our aims in relation to the teaching and learning of mathematics.
At Birchwood Groves we believe phonics is crucial in children learning to read and write. We teach phonics in both discrete lessons and throughout the whole curriculum. We use a scheme called Read Write Inc to support the teaching of phonics; the children are taught the letter sounds, letter names and tricky words in a multi sensory way.
Reading is a strong focus throughout the whole school. Alongside teaching children to read, we believe reading for comprehension is of equal importance. We use a variety of strategies to teach reading, which include encouraging the children to use picture clues, phonics, and contextual clues. A rich variety of books are available throughout the school, for example, picture books, big books, story scaks, storybooks, reading scheme books, shared reading books, poetry and non-fiction books. The children also visit the library regularly where they can take out a range of books.
We believe parental involvement is crucial in developing children’s reading. We involve parents closely in the school’s reading programme, beginning with the taking home of wordless books for adults to read with their child; making the child the boss of the book. The school’s Home Reading Scheme is operated to give children a shared experience of reading with adults at home and to promote a love of, and respect for, books.
Science is a core subject in the National curriculum.
We strive to encourage curiosity in children so that they confidently ask questions that fuel explorations and investigations about the universe we live in and thus gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
To ensure all pupils
* Develop the skills involved in different types of science enquiries - including, planning, communicating, explaining and evaluating
* Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
* Develop the ability to work independently and cooperatively.
We believe that through geography our children will begin to recognise and value our interdependence with other people in our own area and in the wider world and to appreciate the diversity among peoples and environments. In doing so, we aim to motivate and inspire our children to know and understand the Earth so that they can take an active part in contributing to and protecting this world as they grow up.
The history curriculum at Birchwood Grove School helps pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of Britain's past. They learn about significant aspects of the wider world and connected vocabulary such as 'empire', 'civilisation', 'parliament' and 'peasantry'. History is taught chronologically to give the children a sense of time and place. The topics covered encourage pupils to ask questions and enable them to develop perspective and judgement. Because of the varied history curriculum children learn about the complexity of peoples lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
We believe that through PE, our children will gain an appreciation and love for a range of sports and learn how to embrace a willingness to experience them, whilst developing and implementing skills. They will be shown the value of playing with respect and sportsmanship at all times, whilst understanding the importance of physical activity for health and well being.
In art, children are engaged in a range of activities that will develop technique and inspire creativity. As they move through the school, the children build upon and hone these skills to express themselves with greater independence and individuality.
Music is a unique form of communication that can influence, enrich and even transform our way of looking at the world. As well as being a way of expressing ourselves personally, it can play an important part in the personal and social development of people. Music often reflects the culture and society in which it was created, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand and explore the world they live in.
In opening our children’s eyes to this creative and collaborative opportunity, we aim to provide opportunities for children to create, play, perform, evaluate and enjoy music, to develop musical and technical skills, to experience a wide range of styles, origins and forms, and feel part of a musical community.
We strive to provide a high quality computing education for our pupils, in order to equip them with the skills necessary to live in an ever changing world. Through an exciting and engaging curriculum our pupils will feel empowered to use technology confidently, creatively and critically whilst behaving in a digitally responsible and respectful manner
Design and Technology
To promote healthy eating and teach essential life skills. To involve and engage all to take ownership and pride in creating a product with a purpose.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Our aim is to provide children with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make informed choices regarding their physical and mental wellbeing and in developing positive and healthy relationships with others. Within this, we aim to promote inner confidence, resilience and independent thought in order to manage risk and know how to seek support as needed in the highly technical, digital world in which we live.
Learning another language gives children the valuable opportunity to develop positive attitudes and respect for languages and cultures other than their own. We aim to inspire a love of language as part of their lifelong journey of learning.
At Birchwood Grove our vision for Religious Education is to develop children’s skills of enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection.
Religious Education contributes significantly to children’s education by provoking challenging questions not only about beliefs about God but about how these beliefs affect us as well as questions about the meaning and purpose in life. It engages and encourages children to explore issues of right and wrong and what it means to be a respectful member of society.
Engaging and stimulating religious education helps to nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. It offers a safe place within which difficult questions can be asked, explored and evaluated, leading to an informed, reflective and personal answer.
Through learning about and from religions and other world views, we allow our children to consider different answers to these questions in local, national and global contexts. Using the skill of evaluating the value of wisdom from different sources the children are provided the opportunities to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or respectfully disagree. With this approach we equip our pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of views so that they can participate positively in our diverse society, articulating clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ