Curriculum at Bush Hill Park
At Bush Hill Park Primary School, we are developing well-rounded individuals who are driven by our school values of respect, resilience and responsibility. Our curriculum is designed to provide stretch and challenge for all pupils and to enable children to find wonder in and to question the world around them.
Through careful progression planning and sequencing, we aim to ensure that all children have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum that enhances life experiences for all. We are developing a knowledge rich, vocabulary heavy curriculum that provides children with a variety of experiences, skills and knowledge in order to encourage future aspirations. We have created opportunities within the curriculum to nurture the whole child from their physical development through to their mental health and wellbeing, specifically through incorporating problem solving, creativity, knowledge and resilience in order to best prepare children to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
The school is currently organised in to 18 classes separated across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Each year group has an achievement leader who has oversight of pupil progress within that year.
The long-term overviews for each year group can be found here, please also see the individual pages for each year group for the termly curriculum mapping and other information specific to your child’s year.
Each curriculum area is led by one of our curriculum leaders. The role of the curriculum leader is key to the implementation of our curriculum. All curriculum leaders are responsible for the whole school approach to their subject and have oversight of progress from EYFS through to year 6. They attend network meetings, internal and external CPD and have the knowledge, expertise and practical skills to be able to lead their areas effectively. They are responsible for the curriculum design, delivery and impact in their own curriculum area. Curriculum leaders and leaders at all levels, including Governors regularly review and quality assure the curriculum areas to ensure that they are being implemented effectively and coverage and breadth and balance is planned for.
For greater detail of how we implement our curriculum for each individual subject, please see the individual subject pages.
For our core subjects, we use a variety of planning resources as we believe that following one programme does not provide the bespoke teaching and learning experience that we want for our pupils. Using prior knowledge as a starting point for all future planning and teaching, we plan lessons that enable and encourage all pupils to make progress across all areas. We regularly hold whole school CPD to keep our approach up to date and to enable teachers to plan a curriculum that meets the needs of all children.
Assemblies form a key strategy to the implementation of our curriculum.
Each Monday, children begin the week with a values assembly, these assemblies take real world examples, current local and world news and commemorative occasions and view them through the lens of one or some of our values. Children will be given opportunities to reflect on these and how they can incorporate the school values into a positive week.
Additionally, each week a celebration assembly takes place that promotes and celebrates children’s attitudes to learning. One child from each class is presented with a ‘weekly wonder’ certificate for their positive contributions to the curriculum. In addition to this, one child from each class is also recognised and presented with a certificate for their positive contribution to the school values.
Each Friday afternoon, we offer curriculum enrichment, covering a wide variety of subjects. Children experience the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. The whole school moves away from the usual timetable and the learning is focused around a subject of the children’s own interest. Children have the opportunity to work alongside other year groups and to share their learning each half term in our innovation exhibitions.
In addition to our weekly enrichment activities, each year group has the opportunity to take part in educational visits outside of school and external enrichment through workshops and visitors on a half termly basis.
Assessment at Bush Hill Park Primary School is designed thoughtfully to shape future learning. It is not only through testing, but through daily practice and is used to inform next steps for children. Teachers ensure that pupils embed key concepts in their long-term memory. Key skills and objectives for curriculum areas are revisited throughout the year and applied in different contexts. We undertake data drops half-termly and teachers update pupils progress towards the key objectives of the National Curriculum weekly using Target Tracker. This is shared with children regularly using verbal feedback and, in the moment marking through our policy of ‘fast feedback’. Assessments are reliable and are moderated to ensure that expected outcomes are fully understood by all staff.
Children leave Bush Hill Park Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be! We aim for all of our children to leave Bush Hill Park School as respectful, responsible and resilient individuals who are happy, ambitious, well rounded and not only secondary ready, but ready for a future that they can confidently access.