Our Curriculum Statement
- Our curriculum at Stanbridge has been developed and designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
- It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
- The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- We have developed Programmes of Study which contain essential learning for each year group. Objectives are repeated so learning is deep rooted in everything we do. These are combined with the objectives for our school curriculum where we recognise and value the individuality of each child.
- We believe in our children and children are at the heart of everything we do. This defines the learning that is important for our children and our school. We believe there should be a greater emphasis on teaching the basic skills of reading, phonics, writing and maths and our curriculum reflects this belief.
- Foundation subjects are then taught creatively to link learning experiences for children; enriching and extending their learning. We aim to create and sustain an inclusive environment where children feel safe, secure and confident enabling them to develop enquiring minds, become good learners and build on their successes.
Our Curriculum at Stanbridge
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:
• Communication and Language
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Children have opportunities to explore, enquire and to take risks through practical, hands-on learning experiences. At Stanbridge we have a high quality outside learning environment which the children are able to use throughout the day.
Cooking – Cycle 1: Stanbridge-Year-1-plan
Cooking Cycle 2: Stanbridge-Year-2-spring-2-plan
Cooking – Cycle 1: Stanbridge-Year-2-Spring-1-plan
Cooking – Cycle 2: Stanbridge-Year-2-Spring-1-plan (1)
Schemes in Use at Stanbridge
Phonics: Letters and Sounds
Reading: Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn
Our RE Curriculum follows the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE 2018. The place of Religious Education in the lives of children and young people keeps changing. Some things are constant and every person, growing up, finds their own values and beliefs by which to live. The tensions of our differences are creative and fascinating for most of us, but occasionally they cause conflict. The place of religion in the modern world can be challenging. It is vital for our schools to help children and young people to develop their own ideas and ways of living, to learn to be reasonable about belief and religions and to be respectful to those who see the world differently. If everyone finds their own path in life, then the great religions of the world can act as guides.
Teaching British Values
Music and Singing
Music and singing are an important aspect of life at our school. A great variety of music is played and celebrated in school each day. Children sing across all areas of the curriculum, at every opportunity. In lessons the children are given every opportunity to develop their musical skills and talents. We actively teach music appreciation through discussion and through topics. Children have the opportunity to receive musical tuition and can learn to play the piano, recorder, violin or flute.
We are a Sing Up school and the children are given many opportunities in Yr 3 and 4 to sing, whilst also having drumming or Ukulele lessons.
We are very fortunate to have a large school field, a marked hard court, all weather area, as well as playground space, and all this space is used to encourage a positive attitude towards PE and sport. All children are taught skills and competencies in gym, dance and games. Coaches from different sports give children expert tuition across the year. We are part of the School Sports Partnership which is purchased using our Sports Premium Funding and because of this the children have access to many sporting competitions and festivals, the staff receive expert coaching and so do the children. Annually our older children take part in a residential field trip where children can participate in more adventurous activities such as rock climbing, boating, sailing, orienteering, archery and low/high ropes. Swimming takes place in the autumn term for children in Yr 3/4. Lunchtime clubs run across the year for all children to take part in.
We believe the children should be educated to live in today’s society and they need to be able to make informed decisions on many issues, becoming citizens in their own right. We aim to teach them how to become socially aware about the needs of themselves and of others, be aware of personal safety, and to adopt healthy lifestyles. Sessions in PSHCE are presented at a level of understanding appropriate for the age of the children and circle times are used as discussion forums. This area links closely to RE and the teaching of British values. See above to view the PSHCE Curriculum Map.
Sex and Relationship Education
This is not taught as isolated lessons, but taught within context during PSHCE lessons. Sex and Relationships Education describes the teaching and learning we offer to the young people in our school, helping them to understand their own and others feelings and bodies and to develop skills for relationships and informed decision making. We believe that SRE is the entitlement of all young people and we are committed to deliver it within the context of a broad and balanced programme of health education, supporting them in learning about different faiths and cultures and underpinned by values promoting equality and respect. Please see our policy which details further
All Other Subjects and Extra Curricular Activities
All other subjects are taught through topics. We believe this is the best way to inspire and motivate children to learn and for teachers to teach. We use this approach so that children can make connections in their learning and make the learning relevant for the children. This enriches and extends their learning. We call this their Creative Learning Journey. All the plans for this can be viewed in the parents section of this website. Please click on Termly Plans.
We are extremely fortunate that many staff value the contribution made by other activities beyond the classroom. As a result a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities are offered all year round. These range from The Great Stanbridge Sleepover, sports clubs, such as Netball, dance, drama and football, Art and crafts clubs, Cinema club, The Stanbridge Bake Off, Career’s Week, Art in the Community Week, craft week, Science Day etc. These vary each year. In addition, a range of educational experiences also support our school curriculum. Visits are arranged for all classes and include, amongst others, trips to the zoo, museums, places of interest and a residential school journey to Grafham for Yr 3 and 4 children where they take part in adventurous activities.
In 2018 we introduced the Pegasus Award for Year 3 and 4 children. Pegasus can remove barriers to learning and offer opportunities to people regardless of their age and ability. It provides a vehicle through which teachers, can reward effort and attainment in line with existing target-setting approaches. The children create their own targets to work towards and demonstrate their ability to persevere at a task, seeing it through to completion. This is a brilliant award for children to demonstrate their commitment towards learning, progressing and achieving and enables the children to become independent, good learners and build on their successes.
Achievements and progress are tracked in all curriculum subjects. Termly tests and teacher assessments are used to assess progress in reading, writing, grammar, phonics and maths. This ensures the teachers know who is making good progress towards their targets and who needs some extra support.
Reporting to Parents
Parent Consultations are held in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term parents receive a full written report summarising their child’s achievements and progress across the year. An open afternoon is held in the summer term for parents to meet with their class teacher to discuss reports. Parents are able to come into school to look at their children’s work. This is a lovely occasion which we all look forward to.