At Broadgreen Primary School we want our pupils to have a meaningful curriculum, which prepares our pupils to be citizens of modern Britain. We aim to do this by allowing our children to be independent learners with greater involvement in their work, where they can reach their full potential.
We aim for our curriculum to be
- Broad and balanced with clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.
- Relevant, filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences, which are flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.
We teach the National Curriculum, comprising the core subjects of: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, along with the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.
We follow an Inquiry based curriculum which starts with a key question and allows staff to cover the required knowledge, skills and understanding of the national curriculum as well as children’s interests.
Each half term units should
- Be inquiry-based to promote curiosity
- Be outcomes driven to raise standards
- Utilised to embed the application of basic skills
- Allow writing to be meaningfully embedded
- Provide opportunities for cross-curricular work (where meaningful)
The aims of our Inquiry Curriculum are for children to:
- Enjoy learning
- Feel successful in their learning and to promote high self esteem
- Become creative, independent learners
- Be given significant time to learn new skills and have time to practise those skills
- Have the flexibility to decide how best to learn in different situations
- Have the flexibility to decide what they are going to learn and how
- Be given the opportunity to decide upon the final outcome of their learning
- Be able to set own targets for learning
- Know what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop
- Become successful lifelong learners who are able to reach their full potential
- Be able to evaluate and assess their own learning
We teach English, Maths, Science, French, Computing and PE separately, although we do link where possible.
Here at Broadgreen Primary School we are proud to have the Basic Skills Quality Mark (renewed July 2016) in recognition of the emphasis we place upon reading, writing and maths.
Each day our pupils experience high quality teaching of English, including reading and phonics and Maths and where possible these will be linked to their Curriculum Units of Inquiry. We utilise different reading schemes and reading materials to support the teaching of reading in our school.Computing (ICT) is integrated across all subject areas. For both English and Maths we follow the School Improvement Liverpool plans. The statutory requirements for each year group can be found here. English Maths Spelling
For further information on the teaching of Phonics at Broadgreen Primary School click here.
Each year group follows a unit of inquiry each half term, click on the year group below to see the yearly overview. A central idea is identified along with links to the national curriculum subject areas, staff use this to formulate their half termly inquiry plans. Pupils also input their own ideas to the unit of inquiry, further information can be found on the class pages. We are reviewing these units each half term and so they may be subject to change throughout the year.
Modern Foreign Languages - French
Here at Broadgreen Primary we have chosen French as the Modern Foreign Language that we teach to our pupils. In Key Stage Two sessions are delivered by Madame Petitbois who works in school every Tuesday. Please see examples of the planning below.
Take a look at our Safeguarding Curriculum Map which outlines our curriculum coverage for delivering safety messages to our pupils.
Philosophy For Children
Philosophy for Children is designed to develop thinking and reasoning skills and to enhance self esteem. It help teachers to build a ‘community of enquiry; where participants create and enquire into their own questions, and ‘learn how to learn’ in the process.
P4C develops four key types of thinking:
- Collaborative - thinking with others
- Caring - thinking of others
- Critical - making reasoned judgements
- Creative - creating new ideas
P4C typically takes the form of a Community of Inquiry, which is characterised by:
- Sitting in a circle ready to think, talk and engage with each other
- Sharing a source of puzzlement or intrigue (e.g. picture, story, music, news, etc)
- Examining the source and creating relevant questions
- Persisting in the search for knowledge and understanding
- Giving reasons for opinions and distinguishing good reasons from bad ones
- Fostering mutual cooperation, trust, tolerance, fair-mindedness and a heightened degree of sensitivity to fellow inquirers
- Rich feedback that promotes thinking that is self-correcting and reflective
There is substantial evidence that regular involvement in a community of enquiry leads to the following outcomes for children:
· Independent thinking
· Higher order thinking skills
· Excitement, motivation and engagement with learning
· Increased reading comprehension, particularly in less able reader
· Increased maths and science achievement
· Increased co-operative skills
· Increased self-esteem, particularly in children with lower self esteem
· Improvements in behaviour
Better relationships with peers, teacher and parents