We are a small school offering big opportunities through our inspiring, creative, broad and balanced curriculum – a curriculum which is flexible to meet the needs of all our learners. Our curriculum enables us to equip our pupils with a sense of wellbeing, confidence and the tools to develop their own individual pathways in a nurturing environment.
At the heart of all we do are our values and ethos, the building blocks that unlock each child’s potential leading to unique success stories for each and every one.
Our primary school is at the centre of our community, and our curriculum strives to make the most of what is on offer at our doorstep, enhancing the experiences we offer our pupils. This includes the use of the community orchard, Headlands sports field, the village church and shop, along with the Beacon Woodland for our forest school sessions.
Our curriculum is designed to enable learners opportunities to become independent, collaborative, creative children who seek answers and nurture a love of learning for life.
A Five Star Core Offer
During their time in our school, children will be offered the opportunity to:
Create an outdoor fire and cook something on it
Meet an inspirational person
Have the opportunity to take part and compete in a sporting event
Have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience
See our forest school in every season.
We believe that a broad, balanced, creative curriculum will enable children to flourish. With this in mind we have implemented a programme of enriching activities, visits and memorable experiences which underpin our five star core offer
Experience events linked to the local community:
Harvest, Christmas Nativity, Carol Concert, Easter Celebration, Summer performance and our Leavers Assembly.
Additional curriculum weeks/days
Throughout their time at Broadhempston our children will have the opportunity to take part in many sports, whether that is in P.E or as part of our extra curricular offering. Some of these sports are: cyclo cross, cross-country, tag rugby, handball, basketball, athletics, cricket, hockey, paddle boarding, kayaking and snow boarding.
Wider opportunities: our children will have regular opportunities in music. These may come from lessons with their peers, individual peripatetic lessons (guitar and singing) or rehearsals and preparation for our Carol Concert, Christmas Performance and Summer Performance.
Parents are invited to attend one class assembly per year as well as an Open Afternoon, where they can look around the school and talk to the children about their learning. The whole school will also invite parents/stakeholders to our yearly Celebration of Music; an assembly where the children perform.
Individual class enrichment opportunities
Class 1 and 2 EYFS, Year 1 & 2
Years 3 & 4
Years 5 & 6
Visit a museum
Forest School Sessions
Visit a building site
Visit the Aquarium
Local trips related to topics being taught- e.g. fire station
Forest School sessions
Local trips related to topics being taught
Visit a zoo
Attended Activities Week
Experience an adventurous activity
Forest School Sessions including cooking food and preparing drinks on an open fire
Experience a museum trip
Attend a residential on Dartmoor offering a number of challenging experiences
Plan and run an enterprise project~ including designing, making & sales- money raised for a charity of the children’s choice
Experience an adventurous activity
Make chocolate in a food preparation kitchen
Together with, and underpinning our core offer, we ensure that our curriculum has its roots in basic skills. Our teaching of reading is well established and we have systems in place for ensuring that children secure basic skills at the earliest point possible. We teach writing through the Talk for Writing approach and use of varied Phonics resources(Phonics Bug, Letters and Sounds, Phonics Play) and No-nonsense Grammar and Spelling Shed to support skills children need to acquire. Alongside this staff ‘forensically’ analyse children’s written work to enable focussed targets, which result in accelerated progress.
Our maths teaching is through a mastery approach. The children are exposed to discussions, vocabulary and CAPED (check it, another way (show), prove it, explain, draw your learning). This ensures children’s understanding of new concepts is both secure and challenged.
The core curriculum at Broadhempston is of a high standard and supports our creativity. It focuses on the necessary priorities for ensuring that all pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing, maths and science. It allows for progress within all groups of children across the school and results in high standards.
Our Early Years curriculum is designed with the characteristics of effective learning and development matters at its core. Beyond EYFS the curriculum ensures coverage of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. The school’s curriculum builds on pupils’ prior learning and develops deep understanding of the material covered, introduces subject content progressively and constantly demands more of pupils embedding reading, writing and communication, and maths where appropriate, across all subjects. We aim to develop pupils who love the challenge of learning, are resilient to failure and are curious to seek out new information to deepen knowledge, understanding and skills.
The curriculum was designed with consideration of our staff and their varying experiences and skills, our children’s passions and interests and the passions of our families who often share their expertise with us. It was built with the local surroundings in mind; which are vast and interesting.
Our two-year programme, created in 2020/2021, was supported by the responses from questionnaires for staff and children and discussion with our stakeholders. We are ambitious and want to create successful and enjoyable topics that allow for a broad and balanced approach.
Long and medium term planning
Please see class pages for long and medium term planning
Medium term planning
Completed by all teachers and involves ensuring coverage of both the national curriculum objectives and the key skills that we want the children to develop. These detail the starting points for all topics, show how it will develop and outline any significant outcomes. These documents use the format below, are entirely for the use of teaching staff, and become a starting point for short-term plans.
Length of time:
Key learning Outcome for theme
National curriculum objectives
National curriculum key skills
Elicitation Task: linked to big question
Other subjects not linked to this topic
National curriculum key skills
Parents are kept well informed about what their children will be learning each term. Learning maps are created to share our intentions. These are available on our website or in paper form.
We strive for the impact of our curriculum to be…
- Pupils make expected or better than expected progress, according to their baseline and national testing
- Pupils have aspirations and high expectations of themselves they reach for the stars
Exceptional behaviour and attitudes
- Excellent learning behaviours and attitudes - to school life and beyond
- Ability to manage risk, conflict and uncertainty
- Aspirational, independent and inquisitive learners
- Building a toolkit of life skills, including a growth mindset and our school values.
- Pupil wellbeing monitored and developed
- Mental Health supported
- Developing sense of ‘wow moments’ and spirituality
- Happy, healthy pupils