Curriculum Statement 2020/2021
Brackensdale Spencer Academy aims to provide a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that enables our children to become confident, responsible and independent learners. Through our curriculum, we aim to develop children’s caring, creative and critical thinking skills through an ethos of inquistiveness, enquiry and enterprise with high quality relationships, caring attitudes and a sense of fairness. We value the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, staff, families and community, celebrating this at every opportunity. Underpinning all that we do is our school’s values of Be Kind, Shine Bright and Aim High. These are carefully developed through our lessons, assemblies and curriculum topics.
The curriculum is cross -curricular to provide immersive learning experiences that provide opportunities for creating and developing schemas, interleaving and elaboration. It is topic-based and each starts with an activity to engage interest and curiosity. Topic webs, expectations and ideas for learning at home are shared with parents and carers to strengthen the partnership between home and school. The basic fundamentals of this is a drive to enrich vocabulary, develop communication and further improve listening skills. This links directly with the contextual relevance of the school at this time as children are entering school in FS1 & FS2 with significant weaknesses in language and communication.
At the end of each topic, children, parents and carers are encouraged to reflect, celebrate and value all our successes.
This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone at Brackensdale, teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world.
The underpinning principles of our curriculum are to:
- Inspire excellence and aspiration, through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments;
- Develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life;
- Ensure equal, inclusive rights of access of each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability (physical or mental), gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds;
- Consolidate the British Values of democracy, liberty, respect, tolerance and the rule of law.
For more information on the content on how each year group delivers each subject this academic year please refer to our Year Curriculum Overviews. For information on what each year group is covering this half term, please refer to our topics webs.