Our Creative Curriculum

Children learn best when they are inspired by and engaged in their work, and at Brocks Hill we have devised a creative curriculum in which many key skills and attitudes are taught through exciting topics.

The Foundation Stage follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) national curriculum.

In Years 1 to 6, children learn by studying a creative and connected curriculum which is organised into termly topics. The different subject areas are woven into these topics. We believe that children are engaged by and respond to learning that develops, stretches them and excites their imagination We aim to create Irresistible learning experiences!

We have built and shaped our curriculum around the concept of a tree:

 

Children learn curriculum knowledge and they practise, develop and refine a range of skills and dispositions in our school. Some of these skills are specific to certain subjects, others are universal key skills and support learning in all subjects. These key skills underpin learning throughout the school. We aim to equip children with these key skills so that they can be as successful as possible in the future.

There are six key 'Learning Dispositions', called The 6Rs which are fundamental in our school. These are:

  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Respect
  • Reflection
  • Reciprocity
  • Responsibility

These form the basis of success in all aspects of school life and are vital to life-long learning.

There are also a whole range of important other Learning Dispositions' or qualities which we explicitly promote throughout our curriculum. We plan rich, varied lesson activities which ensure that children acquire deep subject knowledge and are effective incubators of the dispositions and key skills. These dispositions include the following:

  • Risk taking
  • Perseverance
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Motivation
  • Taking initiative
  • Open mindedness
  • Patience
  • Self direction
  • Curiosity
  • Flexibility.
  • Empathy
  • Gratitude
  • Organisation
  • Imagination
  • Courage
  • Positivity

Additionally, linked to all aspects of our curriculum are key Over-arching skills’. These are skills which the children learn to apply across our curriculum. They are part of our approach of the ‘Mastery’ curriculum, where skills are developed and learned in depth, and applied in many different contexts. These skills include the following:

         Analyse, Describe, Hypothesise, Sequence

         Anticipate, Determine, Identify, Simplify

         Apply, Discuss, Infer, Solve

         Causal link, Elaborate, Interpret, Sort

         Choose, Estimate, Organise, Summarise

         Classify, Evaluate, Paraphrase, Support

         Compare, Explore, Predict, Test

         Connect, Generalise, Question, Verify

         Contrast, Exemplify, Rank/order, Visualise

         Decide, Give reasons, Represent,

         Define, Group, Respond.

 

 

Our topics are as follows:

(Click on the blue links for details.)

Year 1 - Toys From The Past

              Animals

              The Seaside

Year 2 -  Castles, Knights and Dragons

              Protecting Planet Earth

              The Great Fire of London

Year 3 - Romans

                 Treasure

              Water

Year 4 - World War 2

              Forces & Fairgrounds

              India

Year 5 - Brazil

              The World On A Plate

              A Glimpse Of The Past.... Life as a Victorian Children

              Earth & Space

Year 6 - Home Sweet Home

             Sombreros And Tumbleweed

             Lights, Camera, Action

 

(Please refers to the curriculum summaries in each year group's folder for more detail.)