At Burton Green, we have developed a new curriculum that is thematic, creative and is underpinned by the development of crucial life skills such as cooking, Forest Schools and providing opportunities and experiences to further develop this in a fun and engaging way. This creative approach to curriculum design enables us to take ownership of our curriculum: to shape it and mould it to the needs of our children. As well as the national curriculum being covered we also aim to develop core skills that we feel are important for our children in order for them to succeed in modern Britain: such as teamwork, respect, enthusiasm, self-belief and independence.
As well as this themed approach to learning we also have clear progression systems in place to ensure that children make rapid progress at Burton Green Primary School. The children’s progress is tracked carefully across the year and teachers then plan the appropriate provision for each child to develop and achieve.
At Burton Green Primary we have a consistent approach to the way that we teach writing across the school. All of the teachers in the school teach the same genre at the same time but match the expectations of the writing produced to the age group and ability of the children. The genre is also linked to the year group’s current topic where possible.
Most genres are taught over a period of two weeks. Within this two-week period, teachers follow the same five-part sequence to the writing process:
For some pieces of work there will be an additional part to this sequence. This is the ‘perfect’ stage where children have the opportunity to write up their work for a class display.
All of the children in our school are expected to write using the pre-cursive and then cursive script. Handwriting sessions take place at least three times a week. Children will gain their pen licence as soon as their teacher judges that they are ready in Key Stage 2.
All children are taught phonics from Nursery to Year 2 (and beyond where needed.) We follow Letters and Sounds which is a resource published by the Department of Education and Skills. The children participate in isolated phonics sessions for 20 minutes every day and work through six overlapping phases.
Our aim at Burton Green Primary School is to ensure that all of our children can read, love reading and have begun their journey as lifelong readers. The children all have an individual reading book which is matched to their age and ability. It is expected that children read at home at least three times a week and this is recorded in their reading record and on a class reward system.
We believe that guided reading is an excellent opportunity to develop children’s skills and understanding. Children have access to a wide range of quality texts and gain pleasure from reading whilst developing their fluency.
In Early Years and KS1 the children participate in guided reading sessions at least twice a week. Small groups are organised according to the reading ability of the children and the children in each group have a copy of the same carefully chosen text. These sessions are led by an adult. Year 2 children also read a whole class text and complete reading activities based on this book.
In KS2 each class has a whole class set of a novel. All of the children follow the text at the same time. During these sessions there are opportunities for both the teacher and children to read the text out loud. Differentiated activities are then completed, based on the whole class text.
At Burton Green, we place high emphasis on the fact that mathematics forms an essential component of our everyday lives and consequently ensure that as part of our school routine, every child will take part in maths activities, every day.
We base our mathematics around the following core areas of: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We believe in reinforcing key mathematical skills and vocabulary with our children, who then are given opportunities to apply this to reasoning and problem solving scenarios.
Through our carefully planned curriculum, which is informed by timely and focused assessments, we cover the following subject areas throughout key stages 1 and 2:
We ensure that each child is suitably supported and challenged within the subject and encourage: learning from mistakes, resilience and perseverance as being instrumental to mathematical success.
We offer a range of engaging, creative and exciting PE lessons giving the children opportunity to learn and try new things, gain physical skills but also develop their skills of sportsmanship for future life. We encourage participation in a wide range of our extra-curricular activities and also through the local competitions we take part in. We ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to take part in a competitive game every year.