We believe that good learners show a curiosity about the world and the ability to grasp ideas, link them together and think critically about them. Most importantly, they enjoy their learning and are motivated by a variety of subjects. In order to develop these characteristics, children need to be confident in the core skills of English and Maths and these subjects are at the centre of our curriculum. In the wider curriculum, pupils develop knowledge and skills in subjects such as the humanities and arts in the context of topics that are meaningful and interesting to them. Pupils explore subjects, learn and link facts and have opportunities to be creative in their response to their learning. We seek every opportunity to enrich children’s learning through educational visits to places both near and further afield and children will usually go on a day trip every term. This might be to a museum, gallery or park with activities linked to the topic being studied in class. We also invite visitors into school. This might be an author, philosopher, artist who shares their inspiration and expertise and works with the children for part of the day.
The wider curriculum is taught through a variety of topics that are designed to spark the curiosity of the children and engage them in finding out about people, places, ideas and their history and how all these have contributed to the way the world is now. We use the International Primary Curriculum as our base, and adapt it to ensure learning is maximised. For example, in Year 3, a topic about ‘Saving The World’ looks at products we use in our lives, plants and animals, peoples’ lives, the threat to the rainforest and the consequences that this could have on the world. We want children at Brecknock to be reflective about their own lives too. That is why children start their journey in Nursery with the topic ‘All About Me’ and finish in Year 6 with ‘Who I am’. Children develop knowledge and skills in Geography and Science, apply English skills such as debate, reading and writing, and respond to their learning in Art, Music and Dance. Other topics have History at the heart of them and in Key Stage 2 each year group studies a historical civilisation such as the Ancient Greeks and Romans. To see the Curriculum Map for KS1 and KS2, click here and to see the Curriculum Map for EYFS, click here.
For more information on the International Primary Curriculum click here.