Curriculum Overview 2020-21
This statement sets out the principles underpinning the curriculum at Bridge Junior School and reflects the school’s commitment to developing all aspects of our pupils lives.
At Bridge, we want all children to SHINE which is at the heart of all that we do at Bridge. We believe that every child can succeed and we want all members of our school community to have high aspirations and to feel confident about the future, looking forward to the opportunities it will bring.
Our curriculum is designed with these values in mind;
These core values link directly to our whole school vision:
All of our children are taught within the framework of the government’s National Curriculum. Religious Education is taught to all pupils using the Leicester City agreed syllabus.
How will we implement our curriculum?
Our curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of all children; developing positive attitudes to learning through:
- A relevant, appropriate and engaging, broad and balance curriculum linked to our diverse community as well as an understanding of wider and global links.
- A thorough understanding of the learning needs of all our children so that they reach their full potential socially, emotionally, physically and academically.
Underpinning all our learning is the ongoing focus on the fundamental basic skills of language acquisition, reading, writing and using & applying Maths.
As a whole school, we are continuing to review our curriculum so that we provide a creative and connected curriculum built around the "Cornerstones Curriculum". This framework is used as a starting point to develop a curriculum that is progressive and builds on children's skills and knowledge year on year.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. As our curriculum grows and develops, we want to ensure that it is a curriculum which reflects the needs of our children and the community we serve, linking British Values and SMSC to all curriculum areas.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills and knowledge framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
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How it Works?
Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
At the "Engage" stage, children:
- Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
- Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
- Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
- Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
- Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
- Develop spoken language skills.
- Take part in sensory activities.
- Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the "Develop" stage, children:
- Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
- Develop and practice their new skills.
- Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
- Research their own questions and those set by others.
- Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
- Complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the "Innovate" stage, children:
- Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
- Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
- Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
- Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the "Express" stage, children:
- Become the performers, experts and informers.
- Share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
- Evaluate finished products and processes.
- Link what they have learnt to where they started.
- Celebrate their achievements.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their confidence through a curriculum, which promotes self-belief and high aspirations. Children will be provided with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to excel as lifelong learners. Children will understand how to keep themselves, others and the environment safe. We will do this through kindness and collaboration.
By the time they leave Bridge Junior School, we want our children to read, write, speak and listen with confidence. We want our children to :
- ask questions with an enquiring mind to solve problems
- understand the difference between right and wrong and
- to appreciate other cultures and traditions and to respect others.