Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum

For effective learning, our curriculum gives our children the opportunity to achieve their best in numeracy and literacy, whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical, artistic, practical and social skills.

For a full breakdown of what topics your child will learn, please refer to our curriculum maps, however you can find subject overviews below for the subjects we offer.

 

Subject Overviews

English

English is a vital way of communicating. In studying English pupils develop speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Children learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.

Mathematics

Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. 

Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, the economy, the environment, development and in public decision making. Mathematics can be creative. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time or suddenly sees hidden connections.

Science

Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about the world around them. The children from Nursery to Year 6 will be involved in scientific activities and investigations which will help them acquire scientific knowledge and understanding. 

Computing

Computing prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world. At Broadoak we have a fully equipped computer suite. Children are introduced to computers, Bee-Bots, ipads and various forms of communication technologies in the Nursery and continue to use them through to year 6. Children study Computing as a subject in its own right and also through other curriculum areas. 

History

History fires children’s imagination about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies were organised, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. 

Children acquire the skills of the historian by examining real evidence from sources such as pictures, old photographs, newspaper cuttings, old maps, objects and buildings. Children also listen to adults talking about their past experiences. 

Geography

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As children study geography they encounter different societies and cultures, this helps them to realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is much more than just making models. At Broadoak all the children are involved in the complete design process, from initial ideas, plans and designs to construction, final evaluation and re-designing to make quality products. They are encouraged to work both independently and as part of a team in order to develop creative solutions to problems.

Physical Education (PE)

Physical Education develops children’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skillfulness, physical development and a knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for children to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. Through this process children discover their aptitudes, abilities and choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. 

Music

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way children feel, think and act. It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. 

Art and Design

Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. Children use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich lives. 

Religious Education

All children take part in an act of collective worship daily. This varies in format being led by the Head Teacher, members of staff and children at various times. Assemblies are based mainly on Christian teachings but will be non-denominational and will also reflect a wider multicultural tradition. R.E. is taught regularly and is based on the locally agreed syllabus. 

Parents have a right to withdraw their children from acts of collective worship and religious instruction and any wishing to do so should discuss the matter with the Head Teacher. 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE and Citizenship enable children at Broadoak to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage the children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school. In doing so we aim to develop their sense of self worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure they experience the process of democracy in school through class and school council meetings. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.