Curriculum and Reading Scheme
Bournville Primary School curriculum has been designed to support our school values of:
Stimulating; Caring; Happy; Successful; Open; Ambitious.
Children are given the opportunity to learn in a creative way that encourages them to meet the aims of our school. The curriculum meets the requirements of “The National Curriculum for England 2014” in full.
The curriculum is stimulating and enables our children to be caring, successful and happy. We strive to work in partnership with the local community in an open way. Most importantly this curriculum is ambitious and provides us with the framework to ensure that our pupils meet the highest possible standard.
The curriculum is topic based. Each school phase, Early years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2, follow a two year programme of six topics. The topics are based on different subjects, mainly history, geography and science with other subjects woven in. Literacy and Numeracy underpin the entire curriculum. Skills are taught discreetly and are applied and practiced throughout. Teaching teams plan together to ensure progression and consistency. They also ensure children are included in the planning process and their thoughts, ideas and questions are taken into account.
Below is a curriculum map that shows what topic each year group will be following at any time.
The latest topic webs are below:
TOPIC WEBS CYCLE A
TOPIC WEBS CYCLE B
Subject leaders have taken the National Curriculum to devise Schemes of Work and Learning Progressions.
To find out more you can make an appointment to speak to subject leaders/curriculum managers.
Staff are implementing this curriculum for the first time from September 2014. Improvements and adjustments are expected over the coming year.
There is a planned curriculum for safeguarding. This teaches your children how to keep themselves safe and what to do if any adult makes them feel unsafe. This curriculum is created from the work of Childline, NSPCC, and NSSCB's booklet entitled 'Adults who work with me'. A copy of this can be seen on the parents table in the school foyer and a copy is kept in every classroom. Topics covered include
- Our homes
- Presents and rewards
- Caring for me
- One child and one adult
- Transport and trips
- Photography and videos
- Talking about worries
Please see the curriculum plan: Safeguarding Curriculum
In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories.
As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practice by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Phonics Bug, Rigby Star Phonics, Dandelion, Bug Club and Jelly and Bean schemes.
Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes, such as Oxford reading Tree, All Aboard, Storyworlds and PM, and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level. In addition, children access Bug Club e-books from a personalised selection made by the teacher.
All children are encouraged to select books from the library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.
Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.
Assistant Headteacher, Kerri McArdle on our reading scheme:
"Reading aloud to children is one of the most painless, powerful and pleasurable ways to develop a love of reading"
"Our English curriculum at Bournville is innovative and unique"
Here is our detailed description of the English curriculum and reading scheme: Reading and English Scheme at Bournville
Here are some key teaching documents about our English Curriculum: