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Our Curriculum

At Brackenbury, our school curriculum has been carefully planned using the guidance set out by the DfE.  The national curriculum is for Years 1 - 6 in primary schools.  (Reception, as part of the EYFS, follow their own curriculum.)  We now have a 2 year planning cycle for our curriculum - Year 1 and 2 work together as Key Stage 1, Year 3 and 4 as lower Key Stage 2 and Year 5 and 6 as Upper Key Stage 2.  This is to ensure that our curriculum coverage is deep, developing knowledge and skills systematically.  It also means our teachers are able to plan with colleagues.  Through a poverty proofing review, we also wanted to be able to offer trips and events at a lower cost - this is much easier with two year groups working together.  We have ensured that our pupils benefit from an exciting and creative thematic based curriculum which promotes curiosity, independence and an excitement about learning. Our learning experiences are underpinned by a big question that the children will be finding out about.  There are planned first-hand experiences and stunning starts to immerse the children in their learning. We invite parents/carers in at different times during the year to find out about what the children have been learning.  This may be through an assembly, looking at topic books or some time spent sharing our learning. We link our learning to our core values of proud, determined and brave.

Our curriculum map is being developed to showcase the new two-year curriculum.  This map explains the whole school journey.  Each topic comes with its own knowledge organiser.  These are shown on our key stage pages.  

We are constantly refining and embedding our curriculum.  Please look at our curriculum offer and individual subject pages for further details.   

Early Years Foundation Stage

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Department for Education, 2012.

At Brackenbury we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. Our Early Years team (Reception) ensures all our children are provided with valuable learning experiences that not only provide them with the foundations of their lifelong learning but also prepare them with the foundations of lifetime skills.  See the early years page for further information.  


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