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The Curriculum at Badgemore

In September 2014 the Dfe implemented a revised National Curriculum for all maintained primary and secondary schools in England.  In primary schools the National Curriculum is taught to pupils in Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6); in our Foundation Stage class, Acorns, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is taught.

You can find more information about the revised National Curriculum here.

You can find more information about the EYFS curriculum here.

Because of our small numbers, class size and structure changes yearly at Badgemore and so we review and plan our curriculum annually, ensuring we have taken account of topics covered the previous year and referring closely to the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum.  In this way we can ensure that all pupils cover the required curriculum within each key stage.  An outline of the topics to be covered this year can be found here, along with the Literacy curriculum for 2016 – 2017.  Outdoor learning is a key focus for 2016 – 2017 and much of the teaching and learning here at Badgemore will take place outside, where children demonstrate exceptionally high levels of engagement and motivation.

In our constant drive to raise standards staff rightly place a great deal of emphasis on teaching key Literacy and maths skills.  Both of these subjects are very carefully planned, following the statutory requirements of the revised National Curriculum above, in order to provide pupils with appropriate coverage of key topics.  An outline of our Literacy curriculum can be found here and our mathematics curriculum can be found here.  We teach writing primarily through the Talk for Writing approach; more information about this engaging writing programme can be found here.  Phonics is taught daily across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; children are grouped according to which phonics phase they are working within.  Staff follow the teaching sequence prescribed by the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.  A range of levelled reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat are used across the school to ensure that children are able to access different texts at an appropriate level.

Foreign language learning is statutory in Key Stage 2 where pupils are taught French, supported by one of our parent volunteers.  However, here at Badgemore children in both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are regularly exposed to simple words and phrases from a range of foreign languages to reflect and embrace the many different nationalities within our school community.

Pupils are taught computing through various approaches; some of the concepts are taught across the curriculum, for example through maths or topic-based learning, but others are taught explicitly.

Our curriculum is designed to be flexible and will adapt to the needs of the children.  If you require any further information please speak to your child’s classteacher.  Links to further curriculum information can be found on the class pages.

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