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Our Curriculum

At Brackenbury we follow the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage. Through our learning experiences we deliver the objectives in a meaningful and stimulating way ensuring our children are ready for life in modern Britain.

Please click on the appropriate year group to see their curriculum or read about the subjects we teach at Brackenbury below.

Subjects (currently being updated)

Mathematics

Mathematics is embedded throughout all phases at Brackenbury Primary, taught explicitly, as well as through cross curricula learning. The use of tangible resources is embedded throughout the school to enable children to have a secure understanding of the meaning behind number.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (reception) children are introduced to the concept of number, counting and some basic understanding of calculation. Children are also introduced to shapes and some of the language used in measurements. They are taught through the use of play, song, interactive games and tangible resources. In key stage 1 children begin to learn the four basic operations through a variety of strategies. They are introduced to time, measure, fractions and a further understanding of shape; building on their early years knowledge. We ensure that maths is hands on and that children can apply their mathematic skills to real life problems. Further up the school in key stage 2, the children begin to develop their understanding further. They will become more confident in the 4 operations and begin using decimals, percentages. They will further their understanding of shape and measure and be able to apply this knowledge across the curriculum.

We aim to meet the needs of every child in class, taught by the class teacher, assisted by a teaching assistant, in intervention support groups or through one-to-one support. We aim to ensure children enjoy a rich and exciting curriculum, understanding the importance of number and the application of their skills to real life problems and situations; approaching mathematical calculations as mathematicians and problem solvers.

Science

At Brackenbury we value science highly as an integral part of our school’s curriculum, and we often teach it in conjunction with other subjects like maths, design and geography. Science develops the acquisition of skills, concepts and attitudes which enable children to make discoveries about their world, so we provide first-hand practical experiences wherever possible to practise skills in observation, investigation and drawing conclusions. Our curriculum is enriched throughout the year with visits and trips, a number of which have a scientific focus. As a school we are working towards recognition as an Eco-school and to renew our Green Flag status. We have an active Eco-council with children from each class contributing to our outlook.

Computing

In a 21st Century digital rich world, children need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to use acess, use and utiilse digital technololgies to their full capabilities. Alongside developing practical skills of particular apps, software and hardware, children need to have an insight into the underlying workings of digital systems. Children at Brackenbury have a wealth of recources at their fingertips to support them in this. Beebots, for example, allow even the youngest children to plan and debug algorithims. As the children get older they begin to explore Scratch and robotics hone these skills. Computing has many links to other subjects and at Brackenbury our cross curricular approach ensures children use computing skills in practical and meaningful ways.

Geography

At Brackenbury, geography is a valued part of our creative, engaging curriculum and throughout the year it is a key focus in several of our learning experiences. Through geographical enquiry children learn about different people, cultures, landscapes and countries and we aim to raise children’s awareness of their responsibility in relation to the environment. We strive to inspire our children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the physical processes and human activities which shape their immediate surroundings as well as the wider world. As geographers our children develop skills in investigation, research, analysis and problem-solving and they often use these skills in conjunction with other areas of the curriculum including literacy, science, art and computing. 

History

At Brackenbury we inspire children to think like 'Historians' with a skill set in enquiry and a passion for History. The children access learning in History through a range of creative approaches, including: story telling, role play, exploring historical artefacts, researching using a range of sources and educational visits/ visitors. The curriculum is underpinned by ensuring that the children have the knowledge and understanding of significant people, key events and changes across a range of eras and localities.We create opportunities for children to: think critically, reflect, debate and extend their skills to ask and answer their own questions. Children develop an understanding and appreciation of the past and and how History has made a significant impact on our lives today.

Music

We love music here at Brackenbury and value its place in our school. We all feel the enjoyment that listening or dancing to our favourite music can and singing our favourite songs. We have specialist music teachers who come into the school weekly and with work with each year group alongside what we do in class and assembly.

At Brackenbury we aim to give every child the opportunity to experience the power of music, as well as capitalizing on the benefits it gives in other areas of the curriculum.

Singing, playing instruments, performing, and composing are enjoyable, creative and fulfilling learning experiences in their own right, but research shows that this learning extends beyond the musical curriculum.

  • Making music in the early and primary years increases listening and concentration skills, and enhances a child’s ability to discriminate between sounds. This improves phonetic awareness and helps to develop language and literacy skills.
  • There is a positive impact on spatial reasoning, which is linked to mathematical thinking and on physical co-ordination, which supports handwriting skills.
  • Music-making in small groups promotes teamwork and the development of leadership skills, as well as being hugely enjoyable.
  • Pupils’ confidence can be enhanced if they have opportunities to perform.
  • Music-making has social and emotional benefits, helping children to improve their mood and relieve stress.

At Brackenbury we have weekly music Assembly’s for KS1 and 2, this enables us to drive the passion for music through out the school. Music supports development of creativity and is an effective stimuli for discuss.

Art and Design

At Brackenbury we believe that art stimulates creativity and imagination. We strive to enable children to develop the key characteristics of being an artist. They develop passion, confidence, independence, and originality to express themselves within a wide range of artistic techniques and styles. Pupils develop skills using different materials and processes, and use colour, form, line, tone, texture and pattern to communicate what they see, feel and think.

Religious Education

The school believes that Religious Education contributes greatly to the education of all pupils growing up in contemporary British society. As we live in a multi-cultural society our curriculum reflects many different faiths and ideas.

Religious Education at Brackenbury Primary school is taught according to the local Brighton and Hove Agreed Syllabus.

There are two mains aims to R.E at our school. The first aim is to learn about religion; so that children gain knowledge, understanding and tolerance of key religions and become show respect the fact that religion is at the centre of the lives of many people throughout the world.

The second aim is to learn from religion; give the children opportunities to relate what they have been taught to their own experience of living in the world and to apply to their own lives.

The curriculum is delivered through stories, discussion, drama, taking part in festivals and the use of artefacts, visits, visitors, internet, and videos to ensure that the children are engaged and enjoy their learning. Through this the children will develop confidence, sensitivity towards others and an enquiring, reflective mind.

Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and daily worship in assemblies but it should be understood how RE learning makes a contribution to many cross-curricular objectives.

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