Curriculum

Our curriculum intentions

Our curriculum is designed to take full advantage of the area surrounding our school and the wide range of learning opportunities and experiences that it offers our children. We aim to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all our children, and one which inspires and supports them to be lifelong learners.

A strength of our school is the music activities that all our children take part in, and we were very proud to recently receive the Music Mark for our provision.

We have weekly singing lessons throughout the school, and teachers from Shropshire Music Service visit each week to deliver recorder and brass instrument tuition. Children have the opportunity to show off their talents in playing these instruments each summer at Theatre Severn, performing to very appreciative audiences at Windspiration and Brass Extravaganza.  Our choir are also invited to sing at a range of venues across the local community each year.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Festival of Carols December 2019

Below you’ll find details of the way we teach some of the subjects at Bicton. There are also various lesson planning documents available to read over on our Planning page

English

All children take part in daily activities, including speaking and listening, reading and writing, with links made to other areas of the curriculum to give children a real context for their learning. Children are encouraged to develop confidence in speaking through a range of different speaking and listening opportunities e.g reading and discussing texts, group discussions or a class debate.

Phonics is taught through a well-structured Read Write Inc. programme which develops the skills vital to reading and spelling. Children are given weekly spellings to learn at home, which can also be accessed through the website. The Phonics Bugs reading scheme is used alongside texts from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, including ‘Songbirds` and ‘Floppy Phonics` resources. In both key stages, children are encouraged to make their own choices of reading material and to be able to discuss/reflect in groups and guided sessions their own views and understanding of the various reading activities and challenges.

Children are encouraged to develop a love of books from an early age and, as their reading skills progress, there is an increased focus on comprehension skills to develop their understanding of a text. We have an exceptionally well-stocked library, and we are very excited to be developing this as a lending library this year, with the support of a band of willing and enthusiastic parent volunteers.

Children in our Early Years and Key Stage One also have access to a range of books suited to their class needs from which they can choose books to take home. Each class also has a range of books loaned each term from the School Library Service to enhance a current topic being studied in class.

As children progress through the school, they are introduced to an increasing range of text types so, that by the time they leave primary school, they are familiar with the features and uses of many different text types. This enables them to write with confidence, clarity and, most of all, enjoyment.

Please follow the link below for a breakdown of the National Curriculum objectives for each year group.

English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Mathematics

The teaching of mathematics aims to develop learners who are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, are able to reason mathematically and can apply their skills and knowledge to solve problems. The following areas are covered throughout the mathematics curriculum:

KS1
Number – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions.
Measurement – length/height, mass/weight, capacity/volume, money and time.
Geometry – properties of shapes, position and direction.
Statistics – collecting and interpreting data.

KS2
Number – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions (including decimals and percentages).
Measurement – length/height, mass/weight, capacity/volume, money and time, converting different units of measurement.
Geometry – properties of shapes, position and direction.
Statistics – collecting and interpreting data, use of scales.
Ratio and Proportion – linked to shape, fractions, multiplication and division.
Algebra – use simple formulae, express missing number problems algebraically.

We provide a hands-on approach to the teaching of mathematics as much as possible, using a wide range of resources, including apparatus, games, laptops and iPads. To develop children’s confidence in applying their skills to different contexts, we present the teaching and learning of mathematics from real-life contexts as much as possible, as well as through a range of subjects.

Please follow the link below for a breakdown of the National Curriculum objectives within each mathematical area for each year group.
Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Maths Calculation Policy

Science

We want our children to leave primary school with a passion for science and recognise its place in the past, present and future.

Through the teaching of science, we aim to develop children’s ability to think independently and ask questions about scientific concepts which they can investigate further.  Children are given opportunities to undertake practical work in a range of contexts, planning how they will carry out investigations, solving problems as they arise, and presenting their findings in written and verbal form.

Please follow the link below for a breakdown of the National Curriculum science content for each year group.

Science programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Languages

Learning a language enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children’s ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.
Languages are taught at all ages at Bicton C. E. Primary School. Incidental French is taught in Classes 1 and 2, and Classes 3, 4 and 5 use Languagenut resources for their French lessons each week.
Our aims of teaching MFL are for children to:

  • foster an interest in learning another language;
  • become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another;
  • develop speaking and listening skills.
  • gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement;
  • explore and apply strategies to improve their learning;
  • explore their own cultural identities and those of others.