We are committed to ensuring that our children become Responsible Citizens, Resilient Individuals and Successful Learners. Acquiring powerful knowledge, skills and attitudes is at the heart of our curriculum intent. Our curriculum is congruent with our School Aims and Superpowers: resilient, problem solving learners, curious about the World around them with a passion for life-long learning.
Our Curriculum in Action
At Bradshaw Hall, curriculum subjects are taught separately so that they develop a true appreciation of the subject. Key vocabulary is taught at age and themed appropriate times.
Knowledge and skills progression maps are provided for each subject area- this is our ‘road map': showing the destination of what will be taught. Subject concepts are used as drivers to help children know more and remember more. Subject disciplinary skills are taught explicitly.
Inter-connectivity between subjects are made to enhance learning further.
To see what your child is learning about this year and how it all links together, click on the long term plan below.
Below details our wider curriculum. You can view overviews, skills and knowledge progression maps and presentations explaining how each area of the curriculum is covered at Bradshaw Hall.
The history curriculum engenders a curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Children are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop judgement in a range of historical contexts. They are given the freedom to explore their own questions, carry out research and manage extended tasks. The children will learn about the lives of individuals and groups of people from the past, learning to empathise with different people’s viewpoints and analysing important historical events. Children will make links between these events and themselves, thinking about principles that can be applied to their own lives and understanding how past events have shaped the modern world.
History Overview SPLC
Listen to some our children talk about our what they've learnt during our history curriculum.
Click on the video to below to see how the Tudor reign began in England.
Click on the video below to see what our children consider to be the biggest impact the Tudor reign had on modern day Britain.
The geography curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Classroom experiences equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. The children will develop a range of geographical and personal skills through their work in this subject, for example organising and running fieldwork projects. There will be space for children to ask and explore their own geographical questions.
KS1 Geography Knowledge and Skills
KS2 Geography Knowledge and Skills
Art and Design
The art and design curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge pupils. They will develop the skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Children will use a range of techniques and materials to extend their creative potential, exploring their own styles and ideas. As pupils progress, they will become analytical about pieces of art and appreciate the role of art historically and within modern culture.
Children will learn about different computer systems, understanding how they work and learning to write their own programs. They will be taught key skills including e-safety, algorithms and data handling, and they will appreciate the deep links between computing and mathematics, science and design and technology. Children will also use technology to express themselves and present ideas, learning about how to use technology to aide their ability to communicate.
Design and Technology
Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make models and products in a range of contexts. As well as learning a range of subject knowledge, including cookery, design and technology will allow pupils to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
Language teaching enables children to speak and write with increasing confidence and fluency in different languages. Children will be encouraged to ask and answer questions, improve their accent and complete a range of practical tasks. French is taught throughout the school and Spanish is taught to children in KS2. By learning languages, children will be given an insight into other cultures; this curiosity is actively encouraged, and language teaching is used as an opportunity to develop a wider global awareness.
The children are provided with a wide range of musical experiences, allowing them to express themselves creatively and skilfully in this subject. Children listen to, perform and review music of different styles and from different periods and cultures. They learn to sing, create and compose music on their own and with others, as well as learning musical notation. Music is taught by a specialist teacher and a wide range of opportunities are provided: there is a school band, KS1 and KS2 choirs, music lessons and singing lessons that children can take part in.
Children are given opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. All children have access to a range of sporting activities, both within the curriculum and outside of the school day: the school have links with a range of local sports clubs and take part in a range of competitive events. Sporting activities are also used as a context for promoting the school principals such as learning to operate within a team and showing respect.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
The children are given the opportunity to explore their opinions and express and their thoughts regarding a range of personal and social issues. We help the children to understand how the Bradshaw Hall personal competences can be outworked in their daily lives, and how these principles reflect British values. Programmes of study incorporate ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’ materials, with children exploring issues such as staying safe and building relationships. We also run units of work at age-appropriate levels in sex and relationships, cyber safety and drugs education. In doing so, we help children to develop into well-rounded citizens.
Please follow the link to 'Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents'
The 9 Protected Characteristics
Promoting Equality and Diversity
There are 9 protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and all schools should be able to demonstrate that no form of discrimination is tolerated and that pupils show respect for those who share the protected characteristics.
The 9 Protected Characteristics are:
•marriage and civil partnership
•pregnancy and maternity
•religion or belief
At Bradshaw Hall, rather than teaching all the protected characteristics in every year group, we ensure that our children are given opportunities to develop age-appropriate knowledge and understanding through a well-planned and delivered curriculum.
We believe that children should be able to recognise themselves and their circumstances so they can see their lived experiences validated and valued. We have created child friendly symbols and definitions for the 9 protected characteristics, which you can see by clicking on the following link:
In Religious Education children gain an understanding of a range of different faiths, including how people’s beliefs affect their daily lives through key questions ranging from, ‘If god is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?’ to ‘Is it better to express your beliefs in art and architecture or in charity and generosity?’
Children critically evaluate by making comparisons between faiths, expressing their own opinions and making parallels to their own lives. As the children become older, they explore how religious beliefs affect groups of people and societies around the world. Children’s personal thoughts and beliefs are respected and shared.