The Curriculum at Baildon CE Primary
At Baildon, we are proud to have created our own full, engaging and enriching curriculum that aims to develop a wealth of knowledge within all children’s that can be applied to produce works of excellence and beauty across all subjects. Our inclusive approach develops confident and resilient learners who have been empowered with a life-long love of discovery and a passion for creative self-expression through utilising their curricular understanding and skills.
We place a high emphasis on the importance of embedding and consolidating the key subject specific knowledge our children’s require in order to form a firm basis for different aspects of the curriculum. Through the teaching of discrete lessons, children’s are able to focus on their specific area of study to a high standard whilst avoiding misconceptions. As each child travels through school, our topics are planned so they continually build upon, link and develop previous learning in order to create an inter-connected bigger picture, or narrative, for each area of study and piece together the different strands of their learning rather than simply embedding individual facts.
All learning activities are carefully selected and prepared in order to stimulate, challenge and support our children’s understanding and help embed what they have learnt. By developing our children’s knowledge alongside curricular skills, including artistic methods, historical inquiry techniques, writing styles, mathematical thinking, digital literacy and the ability to work scientifically, our children can apply their understanding effectively as they communicate and showcase their learning to a high standard. Subsequently, our children’s are continually cultivating their ability to face challenges creatively by forming metacognitive links between their ever-expanding skill-set and knowledge.
A key feature of our teaching involves “spiralling” previous learning, a form of retrieval practice. Through revisiting and consolidating concepts taught, our children’s further embed what they have learnt in their long-term memory allowing them to develop a secure understanding of the interconnectivity of knowledge, techniques and ideas and enrich their greater understanding of the world.
Our children are always encouraged to strive for excellence and personal growth in all subjects and we believe the high standard of work they produce across the curriculum shows their attainment, understanding and creativity whilst developing their love of beauty and quality.
Children are proud of their school and enjoy an exceptionally rich curriculum. This explains why their attendance is not only high but improving every year. OFSTED MAY 2013
Each year, our curriculum adapts and changes to meet the needs of our children and reflect the changing world around them whilst connecting with our unique local geography and community as well as its place in Britain and the wider world.
As a school, we look to organise events and activities that develop the curriculum and bring our children’s learning to life. In some cases, this involves a theme day to launch the topic but it also involves school trips, or visits from experts and inspirational individuals to support learning and spark imagination.
We also utilise our excellent school facilities, including the pond, fire-pit, science room, nature areas, cooking and technology room and music room in order to provide purposeful and stimulating learning opportunities. This includes running an annual Outdoor Learning Week as well as our Healthy School’s Week. In order to develop our children’s understanding of their local heritage, whilst developing links with the community, we regularly visit local attractions and sites, such as: The Denso Marston Nature Reserve, Salts Mill, Tong Park, St John’s Church, Fernihurst Dell, The National Film and Photography museum, Baildon Moor and many more. This helps our children recognise what makes Baildon unique as well as developing their understanding and appreciation of the many cultures that form the rich tapestry of modern Britain and the wider world.
As part of God’s family, we have a deep commitment to support our children in all aspects of their personal development including their spiritual growth. Alongside a reservoir of subject specific knowledge and awareness of the value of Christian teachings, we strive to develop our children’s learning behaviours such as resilience, independence, motivation, teamwork and happiness as they grow into engaged and well-rounded learners. These attitudes permeate all aspects of our curriculum and are reflected in our school's motto of SOAR - Support, Opportunities, Achievement and Respect. We also ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and integrating throughout our curriculum. All these, ensure our children leave our school prepared for future challenges as emotionally mature, ethical, eloquent, confident and tenacious individuals.
Baildon children enjoy their own journey of educational, spiritual and personal discovery whilst growing as individuals and members of the wider society – recognising their moral responsibilities as human beings to the world they inhabit as well-rounded and deep thinkers. Across school, our children are provided with the time and space they require in order to approach and consider their own questions, face challenges and enjoy opportunities presented to them by drawing together links between all aspects of their knowledge whilst considering bigger questions, such as the “hows" and “whys" of the process as metacognitive thinkers.
Full details of our vision for each subject alongside an overview of the knowledge and skills accrued in each year group is available on the school website.
Click here for an overview of the curriculum and the curriculum for each year group.
At Baildon Church of England School, we follow the DfE ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme for teaching phonics in school. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sound together to make a word. Children are taught to apply the skill of segmenting (breaking up) words into phonemes to spell and that blending and segmenting is a reversible process. We do this through a 20-30 minute teaching session per day in Reception, Years One and Two alongside integrating phonics in cross curricular activities throughout the day.
Please see the guide below for full details of our approach to teaching phonics.
Baildon Church of England uses a range of resources to support the teaching of reading across school. These include Floppy's Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Readers and Project X schemes but reading is also enhanced by a wide range of fiction and non- fiction books which are continually being updated. As children progress through school, they are introduced to free choice of texts across different genres. Classes all have their own class reading areas and children from across school can borrow books from the school library.