Bellfield Junior School

‘Building the foundations for your child's future - together'

Curriculum Statement

Our shared vision is to create a stimulating learning environment for the children in partnership with parents and the wider community. We believe Bellfield is a caring school where the children feel safe, valued and can achieve their very best.

We aim to deliver the education programme as defined in the National Curriculum in an exciting and relevant way that motivates the children to learn and promotes high levels of achievement and good behaviour. It is our intention to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that creates learning opportunities which provide for the all-round growth of the individual child in addition to ensuring the acquisition of the basic skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics preparing our children for life and the world of work.

The effective Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the child is integral to our planned programmes of work. Our aim is to prepare our children for life in modern Britain, enabling them to become active and responsible citizens in society. We encourage the children to become involved - to look after their environment and to help others.

We are constantly exploring ways to enrich and enhance the curriculum for the children. We have undertaken an extensive review of the curriculum to take account of National Curriculum 2014. This review has given us the opportunity to revisit our core principles and values and to ensure close links between the curriculum and the school’s system of assessment.  It is clearly set out what pupils are expected to know, understand and do in each year group. This statement is published with the Curriculum Matrices on our school website to inform parents about the curriculum.

 

Organisation of the Curriculum at Bellfield Junior School

English

Mathematics

Science

Music – to include Whole Class Instrument Tuition for Y4 & Recorders for Y5

Modern Foreign Language (Spanish - Y5)

Computing

Creative Curriculum  – Art, Design Technology, History and Geography

Physical Education  – to include  swimming

The children are taught a planned programme of work throughout their four years in the Junior School.  Pupils are assessed, and in some instances, set for English and Mathematics to cater for the individual learning needs of all.  At certain times of the school day small groups may be withdrawn from the main lesson.  These intervention groups receive additional literacy and numeracy support. 

Where appropriate a cross curricula approach is adopted which encourages the children to become independent learners – teaching the children how to learn.

Assessment

We regularly assess the pupils and the information is used in our termly Pupil Progress Meetings to check that all pupils are achieving the expected standards and making the appropriate progress in reading, writing and maths. Timely interventions are put in place as appropriate. Assessment is closely tied to the curriculum

Termly Themed Weeks

Each year we run a number of Themed Weeks to enrich and enhance the curriculum and to ensure that it is broad and balanced. These provide exciting learning experiences for the children and opportunities for families to get involved.

Educational Visits and Visitors

Visitors into school and visits outside of the school; in the immediate locality, the City Centre and further afield, are seen as an important and valuable part of school life. They widen the children’s horizons and motivate the children to learn. The opportunity to take part in a residential visit is offered to the Y6 pupils.

Special Educational Needs / Disability (SEND)

To ensure that all children achieve their full potential arrangements are made for children with special educational needs across the whole range of abilities to be supported, both in the classroom and in withdrawal groups.  Our Special Educational Needs policy and practice has been reviewed recently in the light of national changes to SEND legislation.  The school has published information for parents about what it can offer pupils with Special Educational Needs on the school website.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

This element of the curriculum incorporating both Health Education and Citizenship is provided through a planned, continuous programme throughout the Junior School.  Once again it emphasises the development and value of relationships.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Sex and Relationships Education will provide information which is easy to understand and is relevant to the age and maturity of pupils. It will be taught through topics and themes, some of which will be developed for specific age groups and will be repeated each year. At no stage do we promote sexual orientation or sexual activity, nor do we teach children explicit sexual terms other than to use the correct body part names during science or during Sex Education.

Discrete teaching of Sex and Relationships Education happens in each year group. Meetings are held for parents/carers of pupils in Year 6 to discuss the programme of lessons, to explain what the issues are and how and when they will be taught, and to see the materials the school uses in its teaching.

Religious Education (RE)

The Birmingham Agreed Syllabus forms the cornerstone of RE teaching. The R.E. taught in school reflects the beliefs and values in Britain, being broadly Christian but taking into account the teaching and practices of the principal religions in Britain. We endeavour to promote respect for the individual / each other and our assemblies take account of all people, with or without beliefs.  R.E. and Collective Worship is for all people, of all abilities, all backgrounds, all faiths and none. Our assemblies promote the Spiritual, Moral, social and Cultural development of the pupils and provide very clear messages on what is right and what is wrong.

Appropriate arrangements can be made for the withdrawal of pupils from R.E. lessons and acts of Collective Worship, where parents request this. 

Extra-Curricular Activities

A number of after school activities are organised to develop specific aspects of the curriculum, for example sport, drama and music.  These activities are optional and parental permission is sought.

At Bellfield Junior School the children are expected to value each other, the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.  Negative attitudes regarding racism, sexism, disability and any other discriminatory practices are unacceptable at our school.