The Bessemer Grange Curriculum

Our Curriculum

We, the staff at Bessemer Grange Primary School, believe that all children deserve success in every form.  In order to ensure that our pupils have ongoing, sustainable opportunities to achieve this success, we have built a curriculum, which develops the whole person.  Our progressive curriculum strives to include the necessary knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that will drive their motivation for learning.  It is lively and engaging for all ages whilst remaining flexible and responsive to the pupil’s needs and interests. 

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    We seek to improve learning through opportunities, challenge and enjoyment.  We have a range of strategies across the school to meet the demands of the National Curriculum and of our eager learners.  Rather than adopting a fragmented approach to learning, where individual subjects are taught separately, we have adopted an approach that seeks to bridge one subject with another allowing the children become immersed within their learning.  We believe that this is how our children learn best at Bessemer Grange and have the best opportunity to translate one skill from one subject to another resulting in the potential for higher success understanding.  The heart of our curriculum focus is based on a thematic approach to learning. 

    At Bessemer Grange, we use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning our lessons in English. Lessons are taught through the use of high quality texts, which are often linked to the half-termly topic. The teaching sequence begins with the immersion of the children within the text through the use of an engaging starting point, drama, speaking and listening activities, and gathering initial ideas. Word and sentence level skills are then taught and developed in the context of the text with the children then applying these skills by writing a variety of different text types. This includes through teacher modelling, supported and shared writing, and task-led independent writing. Throughout the unit there are planned opportunities for the children to produce independent pieces of writing as a means of applying their taught skills and developing their creativity. The teaching of writing is further developed during topic lessons, where history, geography, science knowledge and skills are demonstrated through high quality writing activities.

    The mathematics curriculum is supported through a framework developed by consultants and coordinators within the Local Authority. Maths is taught in streamed groups to ensure children are taught in the way in which they learn best. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

    The curriculum is underpinned by the Fundamental British Values (Democracy, the rule of law, Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.) These are taught on their own during PSHE lessons and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

    Specialist teachers and instructors support music and in some classes physical education. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

    The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science.

    Creativity is a huge strength of school curriculum. Learning is delivered in engaging, exciting ways. Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Our yearly carnival is a celebration of our pupil’s achievements as well as a celebration of our imaginative curriculum.  Developing children’s independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.


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  1. The National Curriculum

    National Curriculum 

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    English  Maths  Science  Computing  Physical Education  Art and Design  Music

    Design and Technology  Geography  History  Languages British Values

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