To achieve our ‘Safe, Smile, Succeed’ motto, the curriculum – what we teach, why we teach it and how we teach it – has to be top class.
This statement, along with the subject pages, gives some curriculum information. Our year group pages also provide a year group curriculum map, termly curriculum news with learning challenges, example knowledge organisers and much more.
Parents and other members of public can find out more about our curriculum by contacting us with a question or arranging to come and talk to our Subject Leaders or Headteacher.
Our relevant curriculum gives children inspirational learning experiences. Children are hooked at the start of their learning by a memorable stimulus before learning challenges further develop curiosity and core skills. Whole class books inspire the writing process – ‘Hook and a Book’ – and often have links to other curriculum areas, especially humanities and personal development. Humanities, Art, RE and Science are driven by a Learning Challenge Curriculum. Opportunities to develop personal and social skills through physical exercise and exploration are a routine feature of the curriculum. ELSA (Emotional Literacy) and STEM also provide innovative and supportive aspects of the curriculum.
In addition to year group learning which prioritises cultural capital, we regularly engage in whole school initiatives to develop this and enrich learning. These events, experiences, visits and resources complement the curriculum, promote community and ensure our children develop aspiration and knowledge to succeed. Examples include the annual Public Speaking Challenge, live theatre, residentials; visits to the National Park, Eden Camp, Kelham Island, Creswell Crags, Young Voices, Warner Brothers, Young Shakespeare Company, History Van, Environmental Studies Centre, the National Holocaust Centre and local parks; links with University STEM professionals, secondary experts and access to authors or professionals through live skype links.
Our enriched and innovative curriculum is subject planned using the National Curriculum with curricular links whenever meaningful. Whilst effectively preparing children for the next phase with sound mathematical and literacy abilities, it is balanced and broadly based promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children and preparing them for the opportunities and responsibilities of later life.
Sport, technology, health & relationships, the arts, humanities, religious education, languages and contributing to the wider community are all championed by passionate subject leaders – often experts in their field – and supported by investment in all curriculum areas.
Preparing Children for life in Modern Britain – British Values
At Brockwell Junior School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, Health & Relationships lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
Children develop character through experiences: – sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing diversity.
Our whole curriculum also promotes understanding and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Practical examples include school elections, weekly ‘Picture News’, ‘Music of the Week’, theatre visits from Live Theatre, Inspiring People study within class names, acts of remembrance, and our values based assemblies.