At New Brancepeth Primary School, we have developed a curriculum based on the needs of our children.
Our curriculum allows children to learn, develop their skills and progress through imagination, curiosity, flexibility, independence, trust, openness and problem solving. It is designed to encourage their natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. As a school we have carefully planned an interesting and exciting range of topics which are firmly rooted in the National Curriculum 2014 and the progression of key skills. Children’s understanding of the spiritual, social, moral and cultural elements of the curriculum are woven though all subjects as they underpin all areas of the curriculum. Specific events are timetabled termly to enhance children’s understanding of ‘Britishness’ in terms of heritage and culture.
We believe our curriculum is broad, balanced but, above all, inspiring to all.
Curriculum Intent in more detail.
We organise our classes into single cohort and mixed age groups based on the three phases of primary education dependent upon cohort sizes. The school is organised into four departments with classes from Y1-Y6 taught in single cohorts on a morning, then merging on an afternoon into Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6
- Foundation Stage – Nursery (Caterpillar) and Reception (Butterfly)
- Key Stage One – Year One (Rabbit) /Year Two (Hedgehog)
- Lower Key Stage Two – Year Three (Owl)/Year 4 (Squirrel)
- Upper Key Stage Two – Year Five (Fox) /Six (Badger).
As a result of this we operate a rolling programme of Year A and Year B for foundation subjects to ensure coverage of all curriculum areas.
Due to small cohort sizes and mixed-age classes, curriculum planning for Science, PE, Computing, history, geography and other foundation subjects are taught on a rolling programme. This cycle will continue on a rolling basis until cohort sizes increase. PHSE is taught in all areas of the curriculum as detailed in the PHSE overview term on term, through assemblies, Specific Focus weeks and also as part of Fantastic Fridays.
You can view or download the whole school Curriculum Long Term Plans by clicking the links below:
- EYFS Cycle B LTP EYFS 2021-22 Academic Year
- EYFS Cycle A LTP EYFS 2022-23 Academic Year
- Year 1 – 6 Cycle B LTP 2021-22 Academic Year
- Year 1 – 6 Cycle A LTP 2022-23 Academic Year
- Year 1 – 6 Cycle B LTP 2023-24 Academic Year
Reading and Phonics
At New Brancepeth Primary School we firmly believe that good phonics teaching is at the heart of successful early reading and writing experiences. We have undertaken substantial investment in terms of staff training in order to ensure all staff have a thorough understanding of the role synthetic phonics plays in teaching children to read and write and work closely with the English Hub. Find out more about our approach to Reading and Phonics on our website.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At New Brancepeth Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
In the event that school or classes go back to remote learning, our Remote Learning Policy will be followed with live lessons and children’s work being uploaded to their Teams accounts each day. Printed work packs will be made to accompany lessons and devices will be made available to children who don’t have access at home. Please see our School Policies section of our website for the Remote Learning Policy.
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