The class teacher will get to know your child very well and will be pleased to involve you in their life at school. Children make progress at their own rates and in their own ways. It is important to value them as individuals and to provide learning opportunities that will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative and personal and social development of every child.
The children are taught by their own class teacher in mixed ability classes with children of approximately the same age. There are two classes per year group and 1 Year 6 class. The staffing complement for each class in KS1 is a fully qualified teacher and a trained teaching assistant. Every classroom is fully furnished and equipped with the highest quality learning resources. Each class has access to up-to-date technology to enhance their learning.
The Foundation Stage
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in our early years. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- communication and language;
- physical development and
- personal, social and emotional development.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- understanding the world; and
- expressive arts and design.
To achieve the early learning goals (statements which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year) teaching and learning will be through firsthand experience and structured play. The teachers and teaching assistant will keep records on children’s experiences and attainment which are available for parents to access online.
The outdoor environment is also a very special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. The nursery and reception classes share their own specially equipped outdoor area (which was redesigned in 2014).
The National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2
At Bridgewater, we ensure that the National Curriculum is taught by all staff at our school. We work hard to ensure that the National Curriculum is taught in an engaging and comprehensive way. Please see the Department for Education Website for further details. Please click on the individual class areas to see what the children will be learning in each year group throughout the year or Click on the Subject overview tab to see our coverage of that subject per year group.
What are we doing to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum?
At Bridgewater, we ensure that our learning is engaging, stimulating and has cross-curricular links (where possible). We have a text-based approach within our English curriculum to inspire a love of reading and to teach the children the skills to read and write like authors.
We utilise and embed a variety of resources for English, Maths, Science, History and Geography to make sure pupils are engaged in learning using up to date resources. Staff receive CPD (matched to their current requirements) and training to ensure that they are up to date with current strategies and legislation to facilitate effective delivery of the curriculum for their year group. We use a Learning Challenge curriculum by Focus Education to teach our Foundation subjects to ensure consistency of coverage and teaching of topics that the children will find engaging and rewarding.
Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is in accordance with the local agreed County Religious Education syllabus. Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are non-denominational and although they are of a broadly Christian nature due consideration is given to the multicultural society in which we live.
At Bridgewater Primary school, we strive to educate the ‘whole child’. We wish to provide them with an education that not only equips them with the skills to achieve academically but one that provides them with developments in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural beliefs. Through ensuring our pupils’ SMSC development, we can also demonstrate we are promoting fundamental British values. At Bridgewater, we establish a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and provide a range of activities beyond the classroom to ensure we provide opportunities to develop pupils’ SMSC development. We actively encourage our pupils to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. At Bridgewater, we strive to promote an understanding amongst our pupils that they understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
A modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) is statutory in KS2. Children are expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language. We teach Spanish to the children at Bridgewater.
We offer a wide variety of clubs that take place before school, during lunch break and after school. These are run by members of staff, parents and outside agencies. Some of the clubs we offer are: Art and Craft, Pyramid Club, Eco-Action, Cartoon Illustration, First Aid, Choir, Dance, Football, Cooking Clubs and many, many more!