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The Curriculum at Boreham Primary School
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The Curriculum at Boreham Primary School
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The Curriculum at Boreham Primary School
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The Curriculum at Boreham Primary School

Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

At Boreham Primary School our curriculum is driven by the need to prepare our children for lifelong learning and encourages our children to discover, explore and create.

Our aim is to ensure that our children become resilient and independent learners who live happy, safe and healthy lives and care for each other and the world around them.

At the heart of our curriculum are our seven school values; friendship, respect, excellence, determination, courage, equality and inspiration.

Also central to our curriculum are our key learning behaviours.

A Good Learner at Boreham

  • Is fully focussed on their learning
  • Listens carefully and follow instructions
  • Absorbs information
  • Challenges themselves
  • Follows the 4B’s - Brain, Buddy, Board, Boss
  • Always tries their best
  • Learns from others
  • Shows determination and resilience
  • Takes pride in their learning and work
  • Asks questions
  • Is not afraid to get things wrong

Curriculum Implementation

Curriculum Organisation

The foundation for our children’s learning in the Early Years is delivered through a curriculum that is driven by curricular goals in preparation for their transition into Key Stage One. We aim for depth of learning across all subjects so knowledge is carefully sequenced and integrated across and within year groups. In Key Stage One and Two, this is achieved through the teaching of termly topics. These are:

Autumn Term: Discover (History Focus)

Spring Term: Explore (Geography Focus)

Summer Term: Create (Arts Focus)

Other National Curriculum subjects are linked to these termly topics or are taught discretely as appropriate. Each topic begins with an enquiry question, designed to engage the children and give them the opportunity to discover, explore and create.

 

Curriculum Overview

Please click on this link to view our Curriculum Topics Overview: 

Our Curriculum Topics Overview

 

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

EYFS Curriculum and Long Term Plan

Please click on the links below to view our EYFS Curriculum and Long Term Plan:

EYFS Long Term Plan

EYFS Curriculum

EYFS Key Knowledge

Please click on the links below to view the key knowledge our children learn in the EYFS. These are called sticky knowledge mats because this is the key knowledge we want our children to retain and remember to support their learning in the following subjects as they transition into Key Stage 1 and 2.

Art & Design   Design Technology    Geography    History    Music    PE    RE    Science

 

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two 

Long Term Plans

Please click on the links below to view our long term plans for each year group in Key Stage One and Two:

Year 1Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    Year 6

 

Termly Topic Webs

Please see below an overview of children's learning in our Termly Topic Webs:

Autumn Term

Year 1 Autumn 1    Year 1 Autumn 2    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    Year 6

 

Spring Term

Year 1 Spring 1    Year 1 Spring 2    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    Year 6

 

Summer Term

Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    Year 6

 

Further Information

Please visit our subject pages for further information about the subjects taught in our school.

Enrichment of the Curriculum

Enrichment of the Curriculum

We are committed to the broadest educational offering, meaning we constantly look at ways to enhance the National Curriculum. The school’s curriculum is aimed at inspiring our pupils to find out more about the world around them and their local surroundings.

As a ‘Friendship’ School we ensure that our whole school have a range of opportunities to work collaboratively. This includes; weekly Buddy, Star and Singing Assemblies, termly Church Services, Christmas Production, Boreham Proms and Remain and Read sessions.

We aim to provide our pupils with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life by visiting national heritage sites such as; The Royal Albert Hall, The Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chambers, sporting stadiums, Colchester Castle, the local church and our village surroundings.

Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. Regular visitors in school give the children another perspective on values, attitudes, learning and understanding. These include charities, people from different professions and the community.

The school is recognised for its strength in sport, health, fitness and well-being and has gained national and local accreditations for its outstanding efforts. Boreham Primary School offers a full range of ‘out of hours’ extra-curricular clubs which enhance and extend our curriculum. This includes a before and after school care provision.

The curriculum is also enhanced by themed enrichment days, weeks and community projects throughout the year where we focus on other aspects of learning including: global awareness, health and sport, reading, the arts and science. Themed days are incorporated into our curriculum are designed to promote national initiatives such as; Black History Month, Anti-Bullying Week, Book Week, Science Week, Children's Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day.

To further strengthen the school’s offer, through our River Chelmer Partnership of local schools, we jointly offer a well-established enrichment programme that targets individual pupils with particular talents and disadvantaged pupils to raise their selfesteem and confidence.

During their time at Boreham Primary School, we believe that every child between the ages of 5-11 should have the opportunity to develop key life skills through a range of experiences. Every child is issued with a ‘Passport of Experiences’ on entry into school. Further details can be found within our ‘Curriculum Enrichment Offer’ document by clicking on the link below:

Curriculum Enrichment Offer

Educational Trips and Visits

Educational Trips and Visits

Each class plans an educational trip each year to extend children's learning beyond the classroom. Educational trips are directly linked to our topic work for example to support our Adventures of Paddington Bear Topic in Year 2, the class visits a local zoo in order to allow children to see animals from other parts of the world in an environment replicating their true habitat to support their Geography and Science learning. Year 4 also visit Colchester Castle, to support their learning about The Romans as part of their local history study.

Other planned visits provide our children with opportunities to broaden their cultural experiences such as: The Royal Albert Hall, The Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chambers and sporting stadiums.

Pupils in years 5 and 6 benefit greatly from their participation in residential visits during which they become markedly more independent and self-assured. Currently, Year 5 spend two nights away at Flatford Mill and this helps to prepare the children for the longer 4 night residential to Mersea Island in Year 6.

Our strong links with our main secondary feeder schools which include pupil taster days and visits as well as transition groups led by our school counsellor ensure that our children are well prepared for their transition to KS3.

The Role of Governors in Our Curriculum

The Role of Governors in Our Curriculum

Our Governors are committed to monitoring the content of our school curriculum and the delivery of teaching and learning at Boreham Primary School.

Governors monitor and challenge the school's practice in the following ways:

  • Visiting the school to monitor the school environment
  • Observing classroom practice.
  • Visiting the school during a special themed curriculum week/day.
  • Talking to our children in school and parents during parent consultation evenings.
  • Meeting with senior and subject leaders and class teachers.
  • Attending termly pupil progress meetings.
  • Engaging with reports and presentations given by senior and subject leaders.

The Role of Parents in Our Curriculum

The Role of Parents in Our Curriculum

We believe that parents have a crucial role in helping their child to learn. We do all that we can to involve and engage parents with our school curriculum and offer a variety of ways for our families to engage with and support their child’s learning journey, some of which are outlined below:

  • Sending home the weekly newsletter - The Boreham Beacon
  • Holding parent consultation evenings
  • Class assemblies
  • SeeSaw - the school's online learning platform
  • Inviting parents into the school to share in their child’s learning
  • Holding parent workshops where we explain teaching and learning strategies and initiatives as well as assessment proceedures
  • Publishing details of our schools curriculum on our school website
  • Sending out our annual school improvement plan to parents
  • Teacher's produce a mid-year report and one annual report at the end of each academic year for parents

Curriculum Impact

Impact

An integral aspect of the curriculum is that our children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community and are prepared for the future. During their time in our school, they become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves. Their individual identity is valued and our children are kind and caring while also aspiring to be the best they can be as they move on to the next stage of their education.

The impact of our curriculum will also be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally and locally:

  • % of pupils achieving a ‘Good Level of Development’ (GLD) at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • % of pupils achieving the expected standard in the end of Year 1 Phonics Screening Test.
  • At the end of KS1 the % of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater depth in reading, writing and maths.
  • % of pupils achieving the expected standard in the end of Year 4 online Multiplication Tables Check.
  • At the end of KS2 the % of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater depth in reading, writing and maths.

Other measures include:

  • Half termly teacher assessments for reading, writing, maths and science.
  • End of unit teacher assessments for foundation subjects.
  • Pupil’s Books
  • Online Learning Platform – SeeSaw
  • Subject Leadership monitoring
  • Pupil and parent surveys.
  • Parent Consultation Evenings
  • End of year pupil reflection forms