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:
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
- Taking initiative
- Open mindedness
- Self direction
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
Year 2 - Castles, Knights and Dragons
Year 3 - Romans
Year 4 - World War 2
Year 5 - Brazil
Year 6 - Home Sweet Home
(Please refers to the curriculum summaries in each year group's folder for more detail.)