The Curriculum

Gateways to Curriculum

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We believe in treating every child as an individual and aim to provide a happy, calm, rich and stimulating learning environment that allows all children to achieve their highest potential in every aspect of their development.

A balanced creative curriculum is provided to encourage sound learning and to promote the academic, social, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of each child according to his/her capabilities. Our curriculum map can be found on our website and parents/carers will be informed about their child’s learning via our parent pack which is sent out at the start of every term .

The curriculum is what is taught in schools. The National Curriculum is an entitlement for all children and all children take part in all subjects. The way in which the curriculum is actually taught is described in our Learning Policy.

Along with all other maintained schools in England we will be required by government to teach the revised National Curriculum from September 2014.
The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught. The Government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development.

The curriculum does not dictate ‘how’ things are taught. That is down to us! We will mix a rich cross curricular approach to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as computing, foreign languages, music and physical education.

More detailed information on our curriculum can be provided by class teachers or SLT on request.
For information on how we teach phonics please see our section on Read Write Inc Phonics


At Brownmead, pupils in our Reception Class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
This curriculum is play based, and involves children self-selecting activities, whole class activities and small adult led activities by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.

Foundation Subjects

All maintained schools are required to teach the core and foundation subjects to all pupils. The curriculum is delivered in a series of rolling programmes to ensure children do not repeat any topics but may have maximum opportunity to meet all the Programmes of Study. In Reception,the Foundation Early Learning Goals are incorporated into the planning.

Generally, the Governors have agreed to adopt the Local Authority’s policy on curriculum (available at the school for your information). The Education Reform Act 1988 requires each school to provide a curriculum which is balanced, broadly-based and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school.
  • Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.

We are required to provide as a minimum, teaching of the programmes of study and the attainment targets of the National Curriculum:

Core Subjects – English, Mathematics and Science
Foundation subjects – Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, PSHE (personal, social & health education)& Citizenship, Physical Education, modern foreign language and I.C.T.

Religious Education – We base our R.E. ( of which assembly forms a part) around Christian teachings. We follow the agreed syllabus for RE.The Arts – It is through the creative arts that children are able to express themselves individually and to develop skills in working together. The arts develop our understanding of other cultures and periods in history. Children enjoy a range of cultural activities including travelling theatres, visits to museums and art galleries and visits into school by dance, music and drama groups. In accordance with the Education Act 1944, Religious Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum. The teaching in the school is based on the Agreed R.E. Syllabus and invites the children to learn about different aspects of particular religions. Parents have the right to ask for their child to be withdrawn from Religious Education. However, parents may wish to discuss this matter with the Head Teacher before this decision is made, as they may find that the school’s approach does not conflict with their own.

Music -Music is taken as a class or group activity. Opportunity is given, via music service staff, for some children to learn to play a musical instrument and to be involved in local musical festivals. These music lessons may include string, woodwind, percussion and keyboard tuition. A peripatetic music teacher, comes into school weekly to teach certain year groups music and to advise teachers how to develop and enrich these activities.

Personal Social and Health Education – The study of PSHE and Citizenship is a statutory requirement

Modern foreign language became a statutory subject for Key Stage two pupils as of September 2010. At Brownmead we teach our children Spanish.

ICT is a high priority within the school and therefore ICT equipment is regularly upgraded. There is a well-equipped Computer Suite and each teaching area has an Interactive Whiteboard to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum. The school has two trollies of ipads which can be used in the classrooms for group work. The internet and the school network can be accessed from all computers. Our approach to school life allows our children to develop as complete individuals with their own personalities, being able to investigate, understand, appreciate and contribute to their environment in a world of rapidly changing values and new technology.

Health Education
Children are actively encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles and this is addressed through the PSHE, science and PE curriculum and through themes adopted for our assemblies. As part of our status as a Healthy school we encourage balanced meals and we talk to our pupils about their school meals and the content of lunch boxes.Throughout the school, health education is taught as part of the curriculum. Sex Education appropriate to the age and maturity of the child is included in this and is usually delivered by the School Nurse or Year 6 teachers. Parents are invited to view the material used. However, further details are available from the Head teacher.

The overall policy is available in school and is supported by the SEAL programme. As a general rule:

KS1 Growth and Energy, Safe Child, elementary hygiene, caring and sharing and consideration of others
Y3/4 In their two yearly cycle, extend work introduced in KS1 and add other elements such as rights and responsibilities and money.
Y5/6 In their two yearly cycle extend work from Year 3/4, carry out a Health Education theme encompassing sex education,
drug education and life skills.
Work may be organised with specialist input from Health, Dental and Police personnel where relevant. There are procedures in place for anyone who may feel the need to make a complaint about Health Education or Religious Worship. Details of these procedures are available in school.