- is underpinned by aims, values and purpose;
- is fun, enjoyable and memorable;
- is flexible and responsive to the children’s needs and interests;
- develops the whole child;
- has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills;
- offers purposeful experiences;
- uses environments beyond the classroom;
- makes strong cross curricular links;
- has a local, national and international dimension where appropriate
Our Curriculum Statement:
Teachers and other adults create a positive climate for learning in which pupils are interested and engaged. Teaching strategies, together with support and intervention, match individual needs.
Teachers, pupils and parents are aware of our high expectations and have equal ambition to reach them. The organisation of teaching and learning ensures children have a rich and varied experience which enthuses, motivates and engages them in their learning.
Teachers inspire the pupils to learn through their energy, enthusiasm, the creative use of resources and the creation of wonderfully inviting learning environments both indoors and outdoors. Teachers are skilled at making learning interesting, using their knowledge of the pupils to plan lessons that closely meet individual learning needs. Skilled and well-planned questioning is used to probe the pupils’ thinking by requiring detailed answers.
From the Trust Visible Learning Programme schools have developed approaches to teaching the children the skills of being a successful learner.
The curriculum offers real experiences that include trips, visitors, outdoor learning and practical elements to engage children in a concept learning approach. Concepts have been developed and applied across the range of subjects - requiring a cross-curricular skills approach. The children enjoy and are motivated by this approach. The emphasis throughout is on a broad and balanced ‘language-rich’ curriculum, delivered in an innovative and engaging manner, with English and Mathematics at its core. At every opportunity pupils are challenged, questioned and encouraged to think. Teamed with memorable experiences and a stimulating learning environment, we aim to nurture a life-long love of learning.
English is linked to the termly topic where appropriate and we use high quality texts as models to promote progression e.g. the use of 'Carrie's War' in a Second World War topic. Following a 'Storytelling' or 'Talk for Writing' approach, children often learn part of these texts by heart to give them a framework to improve their writing. They then innovate on these texts.
Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught and then practiced in different written contexts, where possible linking with the genre of writing being taught. these links can be seen in the 'Learning Journeys' created to follow throughout a unit.
Phonics is taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1 to teach pupils how to read and spell and this reading is practiced individually or in groups during guided reading sessions. Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play are used in teaching this.
We use the White Rose Hub and AET planning for mathematics. This places greater emphasis on spending more time teaching ensuring that key mathematical themes are embedded e.g. place value in Key Stage 1. It also encourages learners to explore different areas of mathematics in greater depth and requires them to explain their reasoning and combine lots of different maths learning to solve problems.
Science is taught where possible, integrated into the topic, although some concepts areas are taught discretely.
We are developing and Enquiry-Based Learning approach to the curriculum. Our 'approach is outlined below and we have attached our curriculum ladders of progression which ensure we teach age appropriate knowledge and skills.
View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later
We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.
We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.
We are the best we can be.
We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.
We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
We are passionate about learning.
All Bridge Schools are now closed. We are operating a reduced service only for children of key workers and vulnerable groups.
© 2021 Bridge Schools trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registration number 7736425. It is an exempt charity.