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Our Curriculum

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At Buckingham Park Primary School we aim to provide a curriculum that is creative in two senses.  Firstly, as educators, we wish to adopt a creative approach to teaching and learning itself, providing learning experiences that are engaging, exciting and enjoyable, whilst fulfilling our statutory requirement to follow the National Curriculum.  We believe that through the provision of this creative curriculum, we will foster creativity in a second sense; our curriculum will enable children at our school to become creative and independent thinkers and learners and sow the seeds for a lifelong love of learning.

 Children who are encouraged to think creatively and independently become:

  • more interested in discovering things for themselves;
  • more open to new ideas;
  • keen to work with others to explore ideas;
  • willing to work beyond lesson time when pursuing an idea.

As a result, their pace of learning, levels of achievement and self-esteem increase. We believe that our curriculum will enable children to make good progress with their learning and raise achievement in our school.

The National Curriculum sets out what pupils should be taught and the expected standards of pupils’ attainment for each year group. It is for schools to choose how they organise their school curriculum to include the programmes of study. In addition to the National Curriculum, we also provide children with a range of extra-curricular experiences and learning opportunities.

At Buckingham Park Primary, we follow a ‘topic-based’ approach to the curriculum.  This means that, where possible, we group our subjects around a topic.  The topics are based around the structure provided by Cornerstones Curriculum ILPs and adapted by us to ensure the curriculum is tailored to our children. Because each topic is tailored specifically for the children, topics may evolve and change; whilst the learning objectives taught will be the same, how we choose to present the learning activities will be personalised to the class.

Two exception to the ‘topic-based’ approach are how we teach English and Maths. From Early Years to Year 4, children follow the Read Write Inc. scheme of work. This is a programme of English used by many schools across the country to provide consistency and boost progress, whilst ensuring that the National Curriculum is fully taught. You can read more about this on the English page. Years 5 and 6 continue to follow ‘topic-based' English learning activities.

In Maths, we follow the schemes of work set by 'White Rose Maths'. The ‘White Rose  Maths’ team is comprised of a team of highly experienced maths teaching experts who provide help and support to teachers of maths. Their scheme of work is used widely across the country and ‘White Rose Maths’ are a greatly respected source of information about the teaching of mathematics. The scheme of work is supported by a range of other maths resources that aim to challenge children’s understanding and problem solving skills. You can find out more on the Math page.

For some subjects, we also have separate schemes of works that provide resources and suggested learning activity ideas. The schemes of work are adapted or moved, where possible, to match the ‘topic-based’ approach to our curriculum. These schemes are not followed strictly but are used as a source of resources or suggested Schemes of work currently used at Buckingham Park Primary include: Computing – Switched On Computing; Languages – Euro Stars French; Music – Charanga Musical School; Physical Education – Champions; Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education – Jigsaw PSHE; Religious Education – Discovery RE.

Not all subjects  naturally ‘fit’ within a topic and so these subjects are taught separately.  For example, not everything in science links effectively with a topic and so this runs alongside and is taught by the class teacher and links are made whenever possible.

Parents will recieve a topic web at the start of every new topic explaining what learning their children will be learning at school. This document also includes ideas for learning opportunities that could support children learning at home. You can find the topic webs for the current year below. A more detailed over view of learning objectives for each topic is also available.

Religious Education

Religious Education at Buckingham Park Primary is delivered through a selection of units and lessons developed by Discovery RE in addition to whole school assemblies. Religious Education is not taught as part of another subject, although may, on occasion, be used as a stimulus for writing for a ‘topic-based’ English lesson.

Phonics in Key Stage 1

Phonics at Buckingham Park Primary may be taught in a variety of ways that tailor learning opportunities to the children. However, the only scheme that we follow in our school is Read Write Inc. You can read more about this on the English page.

Further reading

To find out more about any of the schemes of work used within our school, the websites listed below will tell you more about them. If you have a specific question, you can also contact us. If you have a child at Buckingham Park Primary already, the first point of contact should be your child’s class teacher. Alternatively, you can E-mail the school office with your question and our Curriculum Leader will be happy to respond.

Cornerstones Education: https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/

Read Write Inc. Phonics: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/phonics/

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/literacy-language/

Read Write Inc. Spelling: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/spelling/

White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/

Switch on Computing: https://www.risingstars-uk.com/series/switched-on-computing

Euro Stars Primary French: https://www.risingstars-uk.com/series/eurostars-new-primary-french

Charaga Musical School: https://charanga.com/

Champions (PE): https://www.risingstars-uk.com/series/champions-pe

Jigsaw PSHE: https://www.jigsawpshe.com/

Discovery RE: https://discoveryschemeofwork.com/

 

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