Curriculum intent


At The Bramble Academy we are committed to providing a purposeful and empowering curriculum that fully prepares learners for the next steps in their school career, as well as the challenges of the wider world. A curriculum in which core literacy and numeracy skills are at the heart of all we do and in which children are engaged and excited to learn.The curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Our curriculum embraces the community in which it is situated, recognising local history, heritage, geographical and business links and most importantly, the aspirations of all our children. We place strong emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils and our school is part of The Evolve Trust which has identified a clear set of values that underpin everything we do.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide an array of enrichment opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

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Curriculum Handbook 2020-21



Curriculum Implementation

How we structure and sequence the KS1/2 curriculum and deliver it

In Early Years, we follow the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and structure teaching accordingly.

In KS1 & 2, we start with the National Curriculum and make sure that what is to be taught in the latter is covered by our curriculum design. We have comprehensive schemes of learning in place that clearly defines what is taught when and in each subject. These are underpinned by knowledge organisers and threshold concepts.

Maths is taught in KS1/2 via the White Rose scheme and repetitive skills review. It is progressively linked to the National Curriculum. We also use Big CLIC maths to aid retrieval practice in starter activities and booster sessions.

The PE scheme of learning has been hand built by an experienced PE teacher who leads Primary PE development across a range of schools in the area. It is built sequentially to meet the National Curriculum requirements, while ensuring that children develop a love for physical activity and develop skills in a range of sports.

Religious education follows the Nottinghamshire locally agreed syllabus and is supplemented by philosophical enquiry throughout the year using P4C principles.

We use the Novel Study approach to the teaching of English. We spend up to a term reading a novel. Our learning environments are converted to reflect the novel we are studying, getting children excited and ready to learn. The text is explored through the use of immersive learning experiences, drama, speaking and listening activities language development, grammar sessions and shared reading activities. All of these then lead up to a carefully planned writing outcome. Reading is taught through sequential phonics and common comprehension teaching approaches

A Long term overview gives objectives in detail for all subjects except English, Maths, RE and PE (who have their own maps /schemes).

Knowledge is developed through teaching that includes principles of repetition and interrogation for eventual long-term memory retention, and supported by Knowledge Organisers in History, Science and Geography.

Progression is ensured via Subject Skills Progression lists for Key Stages 1 and 2 (KS2 split into Upper and Lower) from which learning objectives are taken for termly planning and the interlinking of concept teaching across both Key Stages.

We have a curriculum council in place and this is used to review the impact of teaching on children’s long-term knowledge in each subject. Plans and curriculum is revised accordingly.

‘Cultural Capital’ development - the body of knowledge children need to succeed in life - is also supported through the incorporation in the curriculum of the Bramble Pledge- this includes educational visits and experiences including residential visits, touring theatre group pantomimes , author visits, charity fundraising as well as a plethora of school based activities such as forest school and visiting guests


Curriculum Design Principles

  1. Research on cognitive and schema development theory underpins our design with regular opportunities for knowledge revisits and retrieval;
  2. Knowledge and the capacity it provides to apply skills is a priority;
  3. Progression of content and concepts is clearly thought out, with clearly defined expectations for the end of each Milestone;
  4. Reading is a priority as it is the key to unlocking the rest of the curriculum;
  5. It has breadth because narrowing the curriculum damages the life chances of all children but particularly the most disadvantaged.

The Bramble pledge is part of our curriculum and gives our children a core entitlement to experiences that enrich their learning. The pledges are linked to the novel/area children are studying and allows them first hand experiences that can bring their learning and understanding to life. All our children engage in these pledges and the feedback we have received has been fantastic. These pledges are celebrated in school through ‘Percy the Pledgehog’ where we showcase the pledges that have happened throughout the academic year.

To see what children are learning please visit the Class pages and Parent Guides page


Subject End of Year Expectations:

Mathematics
Writing
Reading
Spelling
Handwriting
RE
Music
MfL
Science
History
Geography
ESafety
D and T  Computing
Art

Class Pages and Parent Guides:




Assemblies

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Computing

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Design Technology

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English

At Bramble, we believe that English is at the heart of our teaching and learning and essential to every area of the curriculum. It is through English that concepts are formed and we are able to make sense of the world and our place in it. We value …more


Geography

Geography We follow the National curriculum and embrace a broad-spectrum of stimulating topics. As a school we aim to inspire curiosity and fascination about Britain and the wider world and wholly develop each child's geographical knowledge and …more


History

At The Bramble Academy, the History Curriculum develops children’s knowledge of historical periods, events and significant individuals. Children learn key facts and concepts alongside skills such as chronological understanding, how to analyse and …more


Mathematics

Intent At The Bramble Academy we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in …more


Physical Education

Intent Our PE curriculum is built to ensure that children not only enjoy taking part in sport, but also to give them an experience of a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a …more


PSHE

At The Bramble Academy, we believe that personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and …more


Science

Science At The Bramble Academy we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to …more


The Arts

Art The Art and Design curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will be able to think …more