We strive to ensure a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which engages and challenges children's learning and takes into consideration their cultural and linguistic diversity. We aim to create a happy learning environment which enables all pupils to excel, both academically and socially, so that they are confident, self-assured and well equipped for each stage of their life. All children are inspired to become independent learners and succeed; their achievements are celebrated.
We want children to become confident and successful learners who achieve their very best by working together and constantly striving towards creating a cohesive community.
We will provide a fun, stimulating learning environment where each new day brings fresh challenges and rewards.
Children will be inspired by our creative and imaginative approach to the curriculum, providing a firm foundation for lifelong learning.
Early identification of pupils’ abilities serves to nurture individuals to become independent, lifelong learners.
We will treat children as individuals, carefully monitoring their progress and planning next steps on their learning journey to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do.
We use the new National Curriculum as the basis for our planning, but we have adapted this by producing our own Themed Curriculum.
The Themed Curriculum comprises of: Science (core subject), History, Geography, Art and Design and DT.
Approximately each term a year group will have a different theme. Within these themes, children will study the scientific, historical, geographic, artistic and design aspects related to this theme. The themes chosen allow children to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding during a lesson, term on term and year on year. For example: in the first half of the Autumn Term, Year 5’s theme is ‘Come Fly With Me’. They will study aspects of flight relating to Science, Geography, Art, DT, ICT as well as the History of flight. For example, in Science they will learn about air resistance and how this affects flight; in Art they will learn how to portray motion and in History they will learn about the impact of significant individuals in the development of flight, such as the Wright Brothers and George Cayley. At Bantock, we believe that by making cross-curricular links, learning becomes contextualised and a deeper understanding of topics prevails.
We ensure that there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit and we build planned progression into the long, medium and short term plans so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. We build on the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum through the corresponding programme of study and these progress through each year and year on year. If you wish to read the National Curriculum for key stages 1 and 2, then click here
The following subjects are taught as stand-alone subjects: Computing, RE, Music, PE, MFL (French) and PSHE. They are not as part of the Themed Curriculum but where possible links to other areas of the curriculum are made.
SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development)
At Bantock, we recognise that the personal development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards people and an understanding of their social and cultural traditions. These aspects of development are interwoven in all areas of the curriculum. Many curriculum subjects provide opportunities to: listen and talk to each other; learn an awareness of treating all as equal and accepting people who are physically or mentally different; agree and disagree, take turns and share equipment; work co-operatively and collaboratively.
Outdoor Learning and Forest School
Forest School is a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning. Forest School explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round. It develops peer learning with the adults providing support and enabling activities to take place. The child’s interest will be at the heart of any activity. Forest School aims to assist with the SMSC development of children, however, the overarching aim of outdoor learning is to utilise the school grounds to enhance the childrens’ learning. Teachers are aware that certain learning activities lend themselves well to be delivered in an outdoors environment. For example, in English, the children might use their senses to describe the sounds, sights and smells of autumn for the benefit of their descriptive writing. Similarly, in History, we can use the space available on the playground to construct a scaled timeline of human history to heighten children’s understanding of chronology.
British Values and Global Learning
In September 2014, The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote and teach British Values more actively in schools. In addition to that, at Bantock, we are a partner school of the Global Learning Programme and, as a result, we place a strong significance on teaching the knowledge, skills and values in line with Global Learning: a discipline concerned with exploring the interconnections between people and places in the world. See our page on World and British Values for more information.