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Curriculum


Dressing up as part of our Tudor topic in History.

We are dedicated to achieving the full potential of all children, by providing education of the highest quality, within a rewarding, enjoyable and meaningful curriculum that fosters a love for learning.

Good standards of teaching, supported by rigorous assessment procedures ensure good progress and are enhanced through opportunities for pupils to personalise and extend their learning.

Themed projects, activity days, research, new technologies and a range of engaging teaching and learning styles are used to enrich pupil's experience.

The national curriculum divides into core and foundation subject areas at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We teach each of these subjects as both discreet subjects and within topics that encourage children to develop their skills, motivation and resilience through a cross-curricular approach.

Children in the Foundation stage classes follow the six areas of experience within the Early Year Foundation Stage curriculum. The areas are divided into Prime: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal Social and Emotional Development, and Specific: Literacy (including reading and writing), Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Expressive Art and Design. A variety of teaching methods are used to explore these areas which include both teacher and child initiated activities. We also have a specialist outdoor play area and Forest School.

Children in Key Stage 1 follow a two-year topic map. Children in Key Stage 2 follow a four-year topic map for Humanities with a two-year rolling programme for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 for other foundation subjects.

For more information on the curriculum, please visit the Government's National Primary Curriculum website (external link).

Core Subjects

Literacy


Reading big books in our library.

We aim to make Literacy fun! We teach Literacy skills in daily lessons, and use our skills in other subjects right across the curriculum. We use the National Curriculum Framework which covers the essential areas of reading, comprehension and phonics (using Floppy Phonics and Letters and Sounds schemes); writing, spelling, handwriting and grammar and speaking and listening. A range of texts are studied to develop reading and writing skills. A wide selection of books from various reading schemes (including Oxford Reading Tree and Project X) and children's literature, help to promote the development of reading.

Mathematics


Developing our skills on Pirate Maths Day.

We use the National Curriculum 2014 as the basis for teaching maths. This includes mental maths, numbers, shapes, measurement and data handling. We give the children plenty of practical experience and time to apply their learning, reason mathematically and solve problems. We make very good use of our excellent computer facilities for teaching and to reinforce learning using educational software. Children are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

Science


Exploring engineering in Science.

At Bidford School we aim to develop the children's knowledge and understanding of science within the three main areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Children are able to develop inquiry skills through practical exploration linked to both curriculum topics and children's curiosity. The science curriculum links to literacy, numeracy and computing.

Computing

The new National Curriculum has been developed to teach 'computational thinking' to equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need in their lives. Children will learn how computers and computer systems work, how to design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.


Year 6 using control technology to program a vehicle in ICT.
 
Using iPads to support learning.

Religious Education


Children re-enacting a Bible story in RE.

As a Church of England Aided School, we aim to promote spiritual development and to learn about the distinct aspects of the Christian faith. Collective worship and religious education are based on the Christian faith but the beliefs and traditions of other faiths are also covered. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the daily Act of Worship should they wish. Special School Services are held termly at the parish church and parents are invited to attend these.

Foundation Subjects

Art

Art covers a variety of technical and creative skills including printing, colour mixing, sculpture and collage. In each of these media, children study and evaluate the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, experiment with techniques and carry out design tasks. We believe it stimulates creativity and imagination and gives the children a chance to express themselves freely. Art and Design is often taught as part of topic or a theme.


World War 2 collage.
 
Indian Handpainting during our Arts Festival Week.

Design and Technology


Biscuits designed and made by Year 4 in DT.

Design and Technology is a rigorous and practical subject that gives pupils the opportunity to study a variety of products and to evaluate their design and use. Using the skills they have developed during focused practical tasks, pupils are able to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Work is often linked to mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks and become resourceful and innovative citizens.

Modern Foreign Language

Conversational and written French is taught throughout KS2 following a scheme of work.

Geography


Learning about other countries and their cultures.

A high quality geography education inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils are equipped with skills and knowledge about places, people and environments. They develop an understanding of the earth's key physical and human processes.

History

In History we use a 'hands on' approach, using themed days, visits, role play and historical artefacts. The younger children are introduced to history by studying changes in living memory as well as significant events and people. This is extended in KS2 to studies of periods of British history, Ancient Civilisations and local history, where chronology and the notion of change, continuity and historical interpretation are key concepts.

Music

Children benefit from instrumental teaching, composing and demonstrations and we also encourage children to develop their musical ability by performing to different audiences. In Year 2 children learn the ocarina and in Year 4 they use a range of string instruments as part of the Wider Opportunities scheme. Lessons are also available to Key Stage 2 children in guitar, drums, keyboard, violin and woodwind. All children take part in a range of singing activities and we provide a range of different activities and lessons which encourage children to sing and perform.

PE

We aim to combine having fun, giving children exercise and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness with an understanding of how to compete fairly. Our pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and learn gymnastics, swimming, games, dance, athletics and in KS2, outdoor and adventurous pursuits. We are fortunate to have our own sports field and regularly take part in tournaments and matches with other school. Swimming takes place at Stratford upon Avon Leisure Centre using qualified instructors. We achieved the Active Sport mark for our provision of PE and have a sports day each year which parents look forward to attending.


Our Athletics team at the Arden Area Finals.
 
Bellboating at the Annual Regatta.

PSHCE

We aim to equip children with the skills they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well being. Pupils experience a variety of opportunities: role play, debate and information gathering that develop the Social, Emotional, Aspects of their learning.


Attempting a daring jump during a residential trip.
 
Year 2 children learning about being healthy in PSHCE.

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