At Newbridge Primary School, we are committed to ensuring our children develop a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics. We also believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum in which children develop the skills they will need to be responsible and aspiring citizens later in life.
Throughout the school, children are given a range of opportunities to inspire them to write by taking into account cross-curricular links including the 'Newbridge 50' experience. Children are encouraged to be creative writers and to recognise the features of high quality written work. Children are given the skills to become writers through talk for writing, through enjoying a range of texts and taught through a progression of writing skills. As a school we ensure children know how to improve their own work and support them reflecting and developing their own writing.
Throughout the school we teach regular discrete high quality lessons on spelling, punctuation and grammar. The backbone of this programme is Letters and Sounds followed by Support for Spelling. These programmes support the development of skills required by the English 2014 Curriculum.
As a school, we work to ensure that every child is a successful and strategic reader. We have a structured and multifaceted approach to the teaching of reading. This includes the teaching of synthetic phonics through the Letters and Sounds programme as well as daily phonics/ SPAG lessons in KS2. All children have at least a weekly Guided Reading session with a teacher or teaching assistant to develop reading comprehension skills. Children also consolidate their learning through a carousel of daily reading activities. We also have several reading interventions in place such as 'Remarkable Readers.' We work to develop a love of reading through the sharing of books through 'Read Hands' and book reviews. We also encourage students to read across a variety of genres and to utilise both the school and local libraries.
In maths we deliver an engaging, creative and real life curriculum, underpinned by the fundamentals. We have devised our own four operation policy which shows clear progression from KS1 to KS2. In Foundation Stage and KS1 teachers plan through the exploration of maths, giving children the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. In KS2 we build on the children's confidence to apply their knowledge and understanding of fundamentals. All children are challenged to reach their full potential.
We use a progressive skills-based curriculum developed through Somerset ELIM which is taught via discrete whole-class lessons using a range of mobile technology and our computing suite. Wherever possible we make links between the computing curriculum and other areas of the curriculum. Our 'Newbridge 50' offers the children the opportunity to apply and extend the sills they have learnt.
Science is taught in every year group throughout the school with a focus on practical skills and developing knowledge. We promote understanding of the world around us through the practical applications of science. This is achieved through inspiring teaching, awe and wonder moments and links with other subjects.
Geography is taught in all year groups. The school follows the National Curriculum objectives. Geography is embedded in cross-curricular topics.
History and enquiry skills are taught in every year group from Reception to Year 6. Topics are drawn from the National Curriculum and are embedded in our termly topics.
Music is taught in every year. Foundation Stage and Year 1 are taught by class teachers using Music Express. Each Year 2 - 6 class is taught by a music specialist once a week in a dedicated music room. The content involves a variety of resources, developed over the years by the specialist. A wide variety of extracurricular music clubs are offered to all children, including drumming and music time in KS1 and choir, orchestra, blues band and recorders in KS2. Children in KS2 can learn a wide variety of instruments taught by specialist peripatetic teachers.
In Foundation Stage and Year 1, PE is taught by class teachers. Year 2 - 6 is taught by both class teachers and a specialist PPA teacher. Children participate in a range of activities including dance, gymnastics and various games both indoor and outdoors. Swimming lessons are offered at some point in KS2.
We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Bath and North East Somerset. Awareness, Mystery and Value 2011. You can find out more at amv.somerset.gov.uk
At Newbridge Primary School we regard PSHE as an important component of the whole curriculum. We believe that the promotion of health and wellbeing is central to the life of the school and its relationships with the surrounding community. We take very seriously the responsibility that schools have to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. The school is using and incorporating the SEAL programme to support PSHE for the school year 2014/2015. Where possible, the schemes of work objectives are closely related to the topic being covered or the literacy objective.
THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM 2014 (Years 1 to 6)
The government has recently revised the National Curriculum for Primary Schools and as a school we have decided to develop an exciting and innovative model of teaching and learning which will engage children in learning whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills which they will need to be responsible and aspiring members of the community and the future.
From September 2014 we are basing our curriculum on an inquiry learning model. This will be known as 'The Newbridge 50'.
Parents and Carers may like to have a look at the following document to support their understanding of the new curriculum
INQUIRY BASED LEARNING
Inquiry-based learning is an approach in which the children have ownership of their learning. It starts with exploration and questioning and leads to investigation into a question, issue, problem or idea. It involves asking questions, gathering and analysing information and generating solutions, making decisions, justifying conclusions and taking action.
We will often launch each inquiry with a 'hook' day. A day which may take the children by surprise, but allows them to be full engaged in the learning process.
Inquiry-based learning provides opportunities for children to reflect on their learning. It also allows the opportunity to build on prior learning skills, knowledge and values and the ability to draw conclusions and make connections between new ideas.
The purpose at the end of the inquiry is to identify what the children have learnt and to relate their learning to real life situations. An example of activities related to this could be the publishing of findings through newsletters or posters, organising a public performance or causing change by the children's own learned and developed knowledge.
By integrating national curriculum subjects, children are able to make clear links between learning and therefore develop their understanding at a deeper level.