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Our Curriculum

At Brackenbury, our school curriculum has been carefully planned using the guidance set by the DfE.  We revamped our curriculum at the end of 2016-2017 to ensure consistency and progression across the school.   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 have 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 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.
Please have a look at our curriculum map here.  This map explains the whole school journey.  There is also an individual Year group curriculum letter.

Phonics and Reading
From September 2017, we are using Letters and Sounds to teach phonics from EYFS to end of KS1. We also use the Jolly Phonics scheme to support this.  
We use a variety of Reading Schemes from EYFS through to KS2 to ensure all children are encouraged to read for pleasure daily at home and school. All children take home a levelled reading book and a free choice text.  We strongly encourage parents/carers to comment about the reading their child does at home through our home-school communication book.  
The Maths and Literacy curriculum

At Brackenbury, we have just introduced the Talk For Writing method to develop children’s writing.  We use Literacy as a ‘hook’ to enthuse and interest children into our exciting and stimulating thematic curriculum which encourages and enriches children’s writing experiences.
‘The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment’. (National Curriculum)  With this in mind, we are developing a list of core books for every year group.  This means that by the time children leave Brackenbury, they will know a range of texts to read and some off by heart.   
In mathematics we teach children to move and make links freely across the programme of study to ensure they become successful mathematicians who can apply their mathematical knowledge to a wide range of problems.  We teach times tables from Year 2 onwards and we encourage families to support their children at home with this.  
We use a range of resources to support children’s mathematical development from Foundation Stage to Year 6.  It is important for children to be able to approach maths with a concrete and pictorial approach before they begin to look at it in the abstract.  
Science
Science is an area of our curriculum which opens up children’s aspirations about the world in which we live and the amazing developments that science technology and developments bring, inpiring the minds of future scientists.
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 to their lifelong learning but also prepare them with the foundations of lifetime skills.

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