Curriculum Provision at Brookside Primary School

At Brookside Primary School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum. The children are taught through a range of exciting themes which cover all subjects within the National Curriculum.

English

We believe that good communication skills are of prime importance. Our children develop expertise in speaking, listening, reading, writing and drama during daily literacy sessions linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to achieve very high standards of literacy throughout the school. Reading Our pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and non-fiction texts. The children have individual targets to support their reading progress. Parents are essential partners in the learning process as they share books with their children and help to promote a true love of reading. Reading opportunities for our pupils are enhanced by our school library. Writing The children are taught to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate accurately. Specific targets are used with each child to aid this development.

We follow Letters & Sounds when teaching phonics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Maths

Maths is taught daily following the requirements of the National Numeracy Strategy. The children have the opportunity to practise and consolidate their skills and knowledge and to develop and extend their techniques and strategies. They do this through both exposition and discussion as well as through practical and investigational activities. Our curriculum Policy is available for further information if required. Please see school secretary.

Assessment

Children’s progress is assessed against attainment targets and is formally reported to parents during two Parent Consultation meetings in the year and one detailed written report. Informal consultations may take place at other times.

Enriching and Extending Learning

In addition to the compulsory National Curriculum Programmes of Study, the school has a comprehensive programme of enrichment activities. These include:

  • Residential trips in Year 6
  • A programme of day trips, visits and visitors in every year group
  • A variety of extra-curricular clubs that meet at lunchtimes and after school (clubs vary during the course of the year, but will include sports, dance, art & craft and cooking, amongst others).
  • Small group musical instrument lessons (for which an extra charge is payable)
  • Cycle proficiency training in Year 5 & 6
  • Themed days such as World Book Day
  • Themed weeks such as disability awareness and healthy eating
  • Inter school activities and school partnership activities
  • Activities linked to topical events such as the Olympics, cycles of the year and events in the news

We also focus on sustainability. This is taught through the full curriculum to support our belief in ensuring that our pupils are aware of and are respectful of environmental issues.

Additionally we have brought global and cultural facets to our curriculum by focusing on specific countries and the cultural diversity within the United Kingdom

Click here to read Brookside’s curriculum map.