What’s on the school curriculum?
The curriculum at Brocklewood is specifically designed to meet the needs of the pupils in our community. We believe the pupils need to be immersed in the topic they are learning about through an event that hooks the pupils into the learning: all pupils engage with a variety of activities (trips, visits, visitors, workshops, events) to spark their interest, deepen their knowledge and develop their curiosity. The pupils are encouraged to develop questions about the topic which leads the learning experience. This is displayed in the classroom, recorded in topic books and in whole-class Learning Experience Scrap books.
Our English curriculum has evolved over the last few years and now sees teachers planning bespoke episodes of learning based around aspirational, challenging, high-high quality texts. Where possible, teachers plan to integrate the learning episodes in reading, writing and the wider curriculum.
High quality maths lessons are delivered through the Maths No Problem scheme which supports the teaching of mastery maths, alongside the NCETM and White Rose scheme of learning. This is used from Year 1 through to Year 6 and is a spiral curriculum which build the children’s skills, knowledge and confidence in maths through a reasoning based approach. In our F1 and F2 classes, a mastery approach to teaching maths has been adopted also.
Further information on our English and maths curriculum is available from our English Leader, Mrs Fretwell and our Maths Leader, Mrs Perkinson.
The National Curriculum is the basis of the Brocklewood Curriculum and this is delivered through the teaching of termly cross-curricular topics. Based on our knowledge of the community, other priorities for education have also been identified. We work with a number of partners to develop themed weeks, days and events to ensure our pupils experience a curriculum that is relevant to them. Some of these areas include: working with Equation to deliver healthy relationships work; working with INTO University to develop aspirations; working with the oral health team on Brushing buddies.
Our values in school support and promote the British values as defined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The British values are:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In school these values are promoted through assemblies, the school ethos, the curriculum and themed weeks and events.
Brocklewood uses the following schemes to support teaching and learning:
- Nottingham City “Letters and Sounds” scheme for the teaching of phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
- Oxford Reading Tree (supplemented by specially chosen material by our Reading Recovery Teacher) for the teaching of reading.