Badbury Park Primary School - Our Curriculum
Our Local Area
Swindon is now one of the fastest growing towns in Europe with a diverse industrial heritage which continues today in its engineering and car manufacturing factories, as well as major companies in insurance, banking and building societies; pharmaceuticals and food distribution. Tourism has become a major industry. To continue this we need to develop highly skilled, innovative and creative young people; enthusing them to create a better, brighter future, for themselves, their town and their community.
We believe that education, in a context of high expectations can create that for all our children. We want our children to have high aspirations and outlooks for themselves. In a factory which, close to the school site, the people of Swindon helped build the Spitfire, the most famous and effective aircraft in WW2, loved by the nation and instrumental in the Battle of Britain, they broke aviation records and helped make our country great. Our children should aspire to the same goals, to surpass expectations and to reach for the skies.
Our Curriculum Principles
Our curriculum is creative and inspiring, designed to promote cooperation, collaboration, reasoning and resilience and is enhanced by outdoor learning. We recognise the importance of the need for high quality sustainable play for all primary aged children. Like all schools within The Blue Kite Academy Trust, Badbury Park has a dynamic approach to teaching and learning; we set creative questions for pupils to explore, we engage their curiosity and nurture their imaginations, allowing the children of Badbury Park to become more fully involved and excited about learning.
The Use of our Locality to Enhance Learning
Utilising our school site and surrounding areas will be important in developing our school curriculum, particularly with the link to outdoor learning. We are extremely lucky to have such beautiful, natural environmental features within walking distance, such as the stream, copse and woodland area. Adjacent to Badbury Park Primary School, we also have Coate Water Country Park, The Richard Jefferies Museum and a local farm.
A Forest School Approach
Our own Forest School will be created by using a stretch of woodland at the back of the school’s grounds to enrich this culture. Every child will have the forest school experience; this improves their confidence, self-esteem, collaborative and enquiry skills. ‘Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other’ (Moore 1996). We will also utilise our school field for sports and PE lessons and dedicate an area for growing vegetables for cooking. Coate Water Country Park is right on the school’s doorstep and will be used as a teaching resource, across the curriculum. A short walk from the school is the Richard Jefferies Museum, based on Swindon’s most famous author. Richard Jefferies has written many texts, inspired by his surroundings, and we wish for our children to follow in the same way.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Our Early Years Vision - Explore, Discover, Question, Reflect...Be Curious
At Badbury Park Primary School, we aim to have engaged, happy learners in beautiful, authentic learning spaces with carefully chosen versatile resources that provoke creativity, curiosity and concentration. Using natural resources offers children the opportunity to experience nature first hand and become connected to the natural world, through play. We are also helping the environment by upcycling and reusing authentic resources. We believe that in Early Years, play underpins children’s learning and development. In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, building on the foundations laid throughout their nursery experience, and preparing children for the transition into Year 1, where they will progress on to the National Curriculum.
‘Children thrive best when a reception class is managed and organised by the adults but led by the children.’
Anna Ephgrave - The Reception Year in Action
Our philosophy is that by nurturing children into inquisitive thinkers and independent resilient learners, it will enable them to grow and develop, and fulfil their potential. Ensuring we provide an environment, both indoors and out, in which children feel safe and secure will help them as they begin to problem solve and make choices for themselves. Through exploration and discovery, children make sense of the world around them and develop emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. Experienced and dedicated staff support the children by having a well-planned daily routine which includes opportunities for them to work independently or with others, in both child-initiated and adult directed play and learning situations. Staff continuously observe the children, noticing their interests, and extend their learning through challenging and skillful questioning.
Our day will begin with a welcome, and time to share home experiences and news. We will then have a phonics session altogether using the ‘StoryTime Phonics’ scheme before embarking on a sustained explore and learn session. This session enables children to choose what they wish to do and where they wish to do it. The environment will be set with ‘invitations to learn’ that are very versatile, enable learning, and engage their curiosity and imagination. Once the children have settled into their play the adult will observe, wait and plan and then join in if appropriate. The adult will know the children’s next steps and have an excellent knowledge of the EYFS curriculum, and will skillfully respond in a way to maximize progress and deepen the level of engagement. Adults will answer children’s questions to deepen their understanding and may ask some open ended questions during these ‘teachable moments’. For example: ‘I wonder how?’ or ‘I wonder why?’ Some adult led learning may take place during this time where a specific skill needs practising or embedding. For example, a ‘guided’ writing or reading session.
After lunch, the children will come together for a Math’s lesson. We follow a mastery approach to mathematics. This will begin with embedding a deep understanding of number, spending a week on each number and representing it in many different ways. For example, by using loose parts, 5 and 10 frames, jottings or Numicon. We will move on to problem solving and learning number bonds within each number taught. These skills can then be practised in the children’s play, in our explore and learn sessions.
In the afternoon there will be another sustained explore and learn session. The children may pick up their learning from where they left off in the morning or may change their environment completely. The day will close with the children sharing their learning and a story time session. Other adult led sessions will feature in the day for example a yoga, forest school, science, dough gym and disco, and mindfulness sessions. Children will have access to fruit and vegetable snacks and water throughout the day. We encourage the parents to share the children’s interests and fascinations that they display at home so these can be planned for and built upon in school. This will be via the online learning journey or through the child’s ‘This is Me’ scrap book.
Each child has a display space within the classroom where they can display work they are proud of. Our displays are neutral and calm which lets the learning shine through. Their mark making and writing is also celebrated in their ‘mark maker to writer’ book which they share with parents each term.
Each year as Badbury Park Primary School welcomes a new intake of Nursery and Reception children, we recognise that the creation of strong parent partnership links is vital, to establish positive relationships for the benefit of children, parents and the school. We arrange home visits in the Summer term for every child starting school to give the opportunity to meet the children and their parents on a 1:1 basis to gain knowledge about each child’s individual interests and needs. We believe that offering an induction programme to school, helps children to settle and make the most of their school experience. For those children entering Nursery and Reception, we offer stay and play sessions in the June/July prior to children starting school in September; informative information sessions; and a staggered entry into school over a short period of time. All Nursery and Reception children will be in school full-time by the end of September. A baseline assessment will be completed by October half term, so that staff can personalise the child’s learning experiences and measure progress accurately.
Programmes of Study for each subject can be found on the left hand side. Please click on the subject to view it's content.
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Please click here for The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework - From birth to 5 years.
Please click here for the National Curriculum - Programmes of study and attainment targets for Key Stages 1 and 2.