Our Curriculum & Assessment

 

 Early Years Foundation Stage                                                    

The Early Years Foundation Stage provides a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which your child can develop as an individual and learn to be part of a bigger social group. Through a carefully structured play based curriculum, we aim to promote all aspects of development; social, emotional, creative, physical and intellectual.

 

The EYFS outdoor areas are used for drawing, writing and literacy based play, and to engage children in learning outside the classroom, where the inside is mirrored outside.

Crossover Childcare 

FS1's (Nursery's) wrap around provision, Crossover Childcare, is a private business run by highly qualified staff and makes full use of the excellent facilities the school’s environment has to offer. Children are able to enjoy the close links with school, supporting whole school events, sports days etc. They are also able to have a school lunch, taking advantage of the excellent meals prepared on the school premises. Crossover's wrap around sessions offer an exciting and stimulating curriculum, catering for the individual needs of the children whether playing, learning or relaxing. Deatils about Crossover Childcare can be found in the School Information section.

 

 Key Stage 1                                                                                   

In Key Stage 1 we build on the skills that have been developed during the child's time in Early Years Foundation Stage. Throughout the year we teach the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Information and Communication Technology and Religious Education (RE). The foundation subjects; Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and Physical Education (PE) are taught alongside the core subjects. Wherever possible they are incorporated into the Bentley Heath Curriculum (BHC) creating a well rounded and complete education.
 
Our curriculum promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles and we follow the Solihull Agreed Syllabus for R.E.  We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.
 

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Organise visits to the local council and Parliament
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • Help pupils to express their views
  • Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
  • Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organise visits to places of worship
  • Develop links with faith communities
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers
We make good use of the different environments around our school to make learning exciting and stimulating. These include the creative arts room, outside in the school grounds and our local area. Children's experiences are also enhanced by the BHC based educational visits that take place throughout the year and KS1 children's particpation in Forest Schools.
Across the school we foster a love of reading and the children are encouraged to read a range of books from an early age. The main reading scheme in Key Stage One is the Oxford Reading Tree which is supported by a range of other texts.
 
Phonics is taught daily, using the Read, Write Inc. and is reinforced across the curriculum.
 
Please note: Music, P.E., P.S.H.E and R.E. are often taught discreetly.
 

  Key Stage 2                                                                                  

Key Stage 2 is the final four years of primary school, between the ages of 7 - 11. During Key Stage 2, we build on the skills the children have learned during Key Stage 1. Using the National Curriculum Framework, we teach the primary subjects of English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education. In addition to these, children are also taught Religious Education, French and Personal and Social Development.

Where possible, subjects are taught as themes under the Bentley Heath Curriculum. This bespoke approach links together key skills, knowledge and understanding within a relevant and purposeful context.

Our curriculum promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles and we follow the Solihull Agreed Syllabus for R.E. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Organise visits to the local council and Parliament
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • Help pupils to express their views
  • Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
  • Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organise visits to places of worship
  • Develop links with faith communities
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers

Pupils will receive homework during this Key Stage, encouraging a good dialogue between home and school, whilst equipping children with skills to extend their learning outside the classroom.

Please note: Music, P.E., P.S.H.E and R.E. are often taught discreetly.

Assessment                                                                                    

From September the only year groups that will be assessed using levels will be Years 2 and 6, these being the final assessment years under the old system.

Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be assessed using a range of tools across the year, using both assessment of and assessment for learning. These will be on going and used to measure attainment and progress.

The new national curriculum has higher expectations in each year in order for the children to achieve the expected standard. The school has been teaching the new curriculum in English and Maths for a year already in preparation.

We will be providing information across the year to help parents to understand these changes and how achievement will now be reported.

Click here for Assessment Policy: September 2014

 

Maths Curriculum                                                                            

 

 General Information

Parents Guides for Helping Children with Maths in Years 5 and 6

Progression Maps

Targets

 

National Curriculum Mathematics Sept 2013.

National Curriculum Glossary.

Mathematics policy.

Parents Handbook March 2014.

Understanding Progression in Maths a Guide for Parents.

Vision for Maths.

24 Hour Clocks.

Calculations.

Decimals.

Fractions.

Graphs.

Protractor.

Reading Charts and Tables.

Scales.

Scaling.

Time and Timelines.

 

 Notes on Progression Maps.

 Progression Map Place Value.

 Progression Map Addition and   Subtraction.

 Progression Map Multiplication and Division.

Progression Map Fractions.

Progression Map Ratio and Proportion.

Progression Map Algebra.

Progression Map Measurement.

Progression Map Geometry Properties of Shapes.

Progression Map Statistics.

 

Target 1a.

Target 1b.

Target 2a.

Target 2b.

Target 3a.

Target 3b.

Target 4a.

Target 4b.

Target 5a.

Target 5b.

Target 6a.

Target 6b.

 

           

                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                      

Links to other pages

 

Trips and Visits

 

Homework