We want our learners at Brightlingsea Primary School to be “thoughtful, confident, healthy, responsible, conscientious, caring members of society who make a positive contribution to the community in which they live” (Brightlingsea Primary School Handbook, 2018). We want to give all children equal access to our curriculum irrespective of ability, race or gender and develop their understanding of issues such as other cultures and equal opportunities through all areas of our curriculum. We therefore want our curriculum to be designed in a way which, whilst meeting the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, has PSHCE at its core in order to promote the desired skills. Our curriculum is designed with this in mind – to instil a focus of being active and engaged in learning through the way in which the curriculum is devised and delivered.
We believe that the National Curriculum can be divided into ‘conceptual’ (factual) and ‘foundational’ (skill-based) learning and that whilst the conceptual learning may take place in blocks of themed teaching, the foundational skills will need opportunities to be revisited time and time again, in order for our learners to develop their fluency, confidence and accuracy over several years.
We believe that not all children learn best in the same way (most commonly grouped into visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners) and that different styles of learning suit different children. Consequently, we endeavour to offer our learners with a variety of learning style techniques which will appeal to all children. Additionally, we encourage children to be aware of the style in which they learn best, to help them to take ownership of their learning and eventually allow them to apply appropriate techniques to their own independent study.
We believe that as the sole primary school in Brightlingsea, we are responsible for nurturing a love for our town, its history and its environment, drawing on local businesses and services as much as possible. We aim for children to make regular visits to their local area throughout their time with us, to places of interest and community hubs. These experiences will act as pivotal learning points to enhance the curriculum for all children.
We know that, as they get older, our children are going to be experiencing a rapidly changing climate. They will need to be able to engage fully with new concepts, challenge their previously held beliefs and question ideas with confidence, within an evolving society. It is no longer enough for our children to be passive learners, who sit quietly waiting to be told what they need to know. We want our children to have a passion for learning which is centred on an intrinsic desire to learn. Where play, open-ended investigations and problem solving leads the learner to a deepened level of understanding.
We also know that when our children start at the beginning of our EYFS provision, they arrive each year with increasingly lower speaking and listening skills. Consequently, we need these skills to be woven through our whole curriculum, embedding language acquisition and vocabulary development into every moment of every lesson. We have adopted the Write Stuff model of literacy teaching and the ‘Fantastics’ which, whilst designed to support writing, are being used in a cross curricular manner to act as a method for encouraging speaking and listening skills across all subject disciplines starting with our Nursery.
With this in mind, our Brightlingsea Primary School curriculum puts a focus on allowing our children to develop skills to not only succeed in education but beyond this, into their lives as adults who will shape the future.
Please click on each year group below to find out more about what the children are doing.