Our Curriculum Vision
At Brooklands Primary and Nursery School, our vision is to 'Make Everyday Count'. This is embodied within our curriculum which is structured to prepare our children to be compassionate citizens of our world, valuing the local context and community. It is our duty, through our curriculum, to ensure our children are ready to flourish at secondary school and have the capacity to be successful in what will be their 'modern Britain'. For this to happen, the children must reach high standards of literacy and numeracy. They must have a a keen sense on what it means to be 'British' in a Britain that celebrates the differences we all have in our life choices, relationships and, indeed, opinions.
Our curriculum, underpinned by current research, ensures our children will be well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the next stage of their journey. It will promote the demonstration of compassion, integrity and a pursuit of excellence in order for our children to reach their potential. Our enquiry-based approach takes children on a journey of memorable learning through rich and purposeful experiences, culminating in authentic outcomes which leave a legacy on the wider world.
Fluency in the core subjects, with reading at the heart, enables access to the full curriculum and is therefore integral to our approach. The curriculum is carefully designed through termly enquiry drivers, History, Geography and Creative Arts, ensuring coverage, progression and retention of transferrable knowledge and skills. It aims to provide inclusive and aspirational environments where learners thrive and build the cultural-capital they need to make aspirational choices about their own future, overcoming any barriers. In order to achieve this our curriculum is underpinned by the following HEART principles:
We follow an enquiry approach where each enquiry is led by a 'Driving Subject'. Each Termly enquiry has a different subject driver:
Autumn Term - History Driver
Spring Term - Geography Driver
Summer Term - Creative Arts Driver
The other subjects are taught as 'Enhancers' (whereby the subject will add something to the enquiry) or are taught discretely.
We have created Long Term Plans which cover the content and knowledge taught starting in EYFS. We strongly believe that the Early Years Curriculum is an essential part of the Whole School Curriculum and therefore have ensured it is incorporated into the whole learning journey instead of it being treated as a separate entity. In Foundation stage, we follow the new Early Years Framework, incorporating our own ideas and values as well as adapting where necessary to meet the needs of our own pupils.
Below are copies of the FHT Key Knowledge Progression Documents that we have implemented throughout school. These have been used to map out our curriculum to ensure knowledge is taught in a sequential manner to allow children to revisit knowledge over their journey throughout Brooklands. This has an ultimate aim that the children will know and remember more over time.
You will notice that each progression document starts with Nursery and ends with 7. We are very keen to ensure our work aligns as closely as possible to the curriculum of our local secondary schools.