The Curriculum at Baildon CE Primary
At Baildon, we offer a full and enriching curriculum which develops our pupils’ love of learning and desire to find new discoveries alongside developing key curricular subject knowledge. Our aim, at Baildon Church of England Primary, is to develop respectful, resilient, confident children with a love of learning. We use the learning behaviours of resilience, problem solving, creativity, teamwork, motivation, teamwork, independence and involvement and engagement in lessons to support learning across the curriculum.
As a school we are constantly trying to organise events and activities to support the curriculum. In some cases, this involves a hook to start the topic but it also involves visits and visitors, where possible, to support the learning. We adopt a creative approach to the curriculum and try to make as many links as possible. However, in most cases, our Science curriculum is taught as a stand-alone subject.
Pupils 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
We also utilise our excellent school facilities, including our pond, fire-pit, science room, nature areas, cooking and technology room and music room in order to provide stimulating learning opportunities. This includes running an annual Outdoor Learning Week as well as our Healthy School’s Week. In order to develop our pupils’ understanding of their local heritage, as well as 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 and many more.
In computing lessons, we aim to develop digitally confident children who are able to utilise a range of technology in order to: make new learning discoveries; present and publish their work; code and develop their own apps and games; and recognise and deal with potential e-safety risks and problems they may encounter.
We are especially proud of the impact our approach to music has upon our children. By making full use of our music room and specially trained teachers, our pupils experience a wide range of opportunities to engage with exciting music styles from around the world and play a variety of instruments whilst composing their own works.
Further information about the content of the curriculum is available by contacting Mr Mathew Holmes, Deputy Head Teacher.
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.