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English

Language is at the heart of all children’s learning. Through language they receive much of their knowledge and acquire many of their skills. Language develops children's abilities to listen, speak, read, and write for a wide range of purposes. Children use language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings. Language enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, drama, non-fComputingion and media texts. They use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

We aim for each child to:-

  • Communicate, think, feel and make through language.
  • Develop confidence and pleasure in their own use of language, also to make them aware of the importance of language.
  • Have a positive attitude towards literacy.
  • Have self-confidence in their ability to deal with literacy.
  • Be able to work enthusiastically, co-operatively and with perseverance.
  • Be able to think independently.
  • Experience a sense of achievement regardless of age or ability.
  • Be able to apply previously acquired concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding to new situations both in and out of school.
  • Be able to communicate with others their ideas and experiences, as well as questions, clearly and fluently, using appropriate literacy language.
  • Be effective and competent communicators, also good listeners.
  •  Express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fComputingion and non-fComputingion using appropriate technical vocabulary.
  • Foster an interest in words and their meanings and to develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form.
  • Be able to write in a variety of styles and forms showing awareness of the audience and purpose.
  • Develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of learning.
  • Use phonics to encode and decode accurately.
  • Use grammar and punctuation accurately.
  • Understand spelling conventions.
  • Produce effective and well presented written work.                                                                                                                                                               Maths

Mathematics is a tool for everyday life.  It is a whole network of concepts and relationships  which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world.  It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.  It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.

 

Using the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum  for Teaching Mathematics it is our aim to develop:

  • a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics
  • competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • initiative and an ability to work both independently and in  cooperation with others
  • an ability to communicate mathematics and understand the                     language of maths
  • an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and   in real life
  • an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiments

All children at Broadwater School take part in a daily maths lesson.  Foundation Stage teachers plan using the EYFS criteria.  Y1-4 teachers plan and teach using the blocks and units from the renewed framework for teaching maths and Y5 and 6 teachers plan and teach using the objectives from the renewed framework.

 

Science 

The aims for science which help to deliver the wider school aims are: 

  • To provide a broad and balanced science education, regardless of race, gender, ability, cultural and socio-economic background or any physical or sensory disability.
  • To deliver curriculum content at an appropriate level for our pupils’ development.
  • To ensure all pupils acquire a progressive understanding of scientific ideas and processes, through the continuity addressed within the scheme of work.
  • To develop the practical skills of imaginative, yet disciplined, scientific enquiry, enjoying open-mindedness, self appraisal, perseverance and responsibility.
  • To provide opportunities to study the practical applications of science, therefore preparing children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
  • To stimulate and build on children’s natural curiosity and develop a scientific approach to problem solving.
  • To encourage respect and care for all living organisms and our environment.
  • To develop responsible attitudes towards health and safety.
  • To build children’s self-confidence, enabling them to work successfully in both independent and co-operative settings.
  • To provide children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and be motivated to study science further.
Computing

At BroadwaterSchool, Computing is seen as an exciting, progressive and current subject that has huge appeal and influence over many children. Computing is an ever developing and progressive subject. Its influence is undeniable as it plays an integral role in many of the careers that our own children may pursue in later life. Children are immersed and engaged by the world of computing and its progressive nature. They are experimental, intuitive and able to understand computers at increasingly unexpected and impressive levels. We aim to prepare children for a future that will no doubt become ever more influenced by computers. We aim to expose them to as many different digital experiences as possible. The children at Broadwater will learn to use Computing in a variety of different forms. We will steer them away from simply learning how to use specific programs and lead them more into learning how to solve problems or plan and achieve specific outcomes through the use and application of a variety of different means. The children will learn the importance of Computing, how versatile the subject is and how creative it is possible to be regardless of your perceived level. Our Computing curriculum has been redesigned from the ground up. The lessons are all relevant to the year groups, the sessions are all progressive and year upon year and the children build and develop their skills through a huge range of current and relevant topics. When children leave our school in year six, they will have had exposure to many Computing based experiences, from composing music and programming their own computer games to designing full 3D concept models and cross curricular stop frame animations. We want to move away from the idea that a computer is simply a tool for supporting lessons, a means of typing a piece of work in neat or a simple research tool and open the childrens eyes to the true creative potential of working digitally in the modern world.

 

Physical Education (PE)

 

Through a well-planned and diverse Physical Education curriculum we aim to provide and develop the physical literacy, attitudes and thinking and social skills required for a healthy and active life both within and beyond school.

 

 Main Aims:

 

  • To enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination.
  • To enable pupils to develop a range of personal qualities such as safety awareness, teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, initiative and independence.
  • To stimulate and maintain pupil interest and enjoyment in PE and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.

 

Objectives

 

  • To enable pupils to understand the importance of physical activity through the provision of information and development of appropriate skills and attitudes.
  • To provide and promote opportunities for pupils to be physically active throughout and beyond the school day.
  • To ensure every child moving on to secondary school can swim 25m and has basic water skills.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Inter School Sport

A broad range of physical activities are offered through lunchtime and after-school clubs, catering to all age groups from Years One to Six.  Most clubs are open to all children within an appropriate age range, though some may be targeted towards children identified as having specific needs.  Clubs are run by members of staff and carefully selected outside providers.  Every effort is made to provide these opportunities free of charge or at a minimal cost to families.  Please refer to the Clubs policy for further information.

Broadwater also participates in an array of inter-school sporting events, including Borough-wide School Games events and less formal friendly fixtures with other local schools.  Opportunities to participate are offered to a broad range of children to allow as many pupils as possible to have the experience of representing their school. 

 

Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship

What is PSHE?

PSHE encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social and health development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility and to make the most of their own abilities and those of others.

It is closely linked with Every Child Matters and encompasses our work within, Citizenship, SEAL and National Healthy School Status.

What is Citizenship?

There are three interrelated strands in the framework:

  • Social and moral responsibility
  • Community involvement
  • Political literacy

These should be taught to prepare children to play an active role as members of a democratic society, to develop independence and responsibility and to make informed choices about their own lifestyle.

What is SEAL?

SEAL is a teaching programme (social and emotional aspects of learning) which will help the children in their personal, social and emotional development. It also links closely with other work we teach in our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum.

SEAL helps children to develop self-awareness, motivation, social skills and managing their own feelings. These skills help children to become better learners, get on better with other people and to be responsible citizens. They are part of every area of life. 

We aim to provide opportunities to help pupils develop in a well-balanced way, enabling them to:

  • move from childhood through to adolescence with support and guidance to encourage both an awareness of others and the growth of responsible independence
  • develop the confidence, talents and skills necessary to become effective individuals and learners
  • raise achievement across the curriculum.
History

History is a very sophisticated branch of storytelling.

History is evidence, critical analysis and debate.

History is a map of time.

 

History is important in everyday life.  It allows life skills to be developed:

Empathy

Analysis

Debate

Chronology

Self awareness

Community Awareness

Citizenship 

For children to develop a sense of identity it is important that they see where they come from – their history.

For children to understand the world around them they must learn of its development.

For children to make their own judgements in life, they must know how to analyse, interpret and be critical of evidence.


Geography

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes.

Geography is the study of people.

Geography is the study of places.

Geography is the study of environments.

Geography is the world in which we live.

 We teach Geography:

To stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings

To develop children’s knowledge of places and environment throughout the world

To develop an understanding of maps and direction

To enhance children’s sense of responsibility as an individual and as part of a community for the care of and contribution to the local environment

To make children aware of the part that other people play in the making and shaping of environments around the world.

 

Music

Our aim in Music is to develop the children’s musical enjoyment, knowledge, understanding and skills in accordance with their age, interests and abilities, in contexts relevant to their needs and cultural experience.

We will aim to offer opportunities to:

  • Stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing musical, visual and other sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
  • Develop children’s understanding of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure within music to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.
  • Explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of musicians and composers and help them learn about their different roles, and about the function of music in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
  • Help children learn how to make thoughtful judgements, and technical and practical decisions and become actively involved in their own musical environments.
  • Support children to evaluate their own and others’ work, including that of professional musicians and composers, and suggest improvements or developments.
  • Develop confidence and self esteem

We teach Music:

  • To provide a broad and balanced Music education for all children, regardless of race, gender, ability, cultural, religious and socio economic background or any physical or sensory disability.
  • To deliver a curriculum content at an appropriate level for each pupil’s development.
  • To ensure all pupils develop a progressive understanding of musical ideas and processes through the continuity addressed through the scheme of work.
  • To develop the practical skills of imaginative yet disciplined musical enquiry, encouraging open mindedness, self appraisal, perseverance and responsibility.
  • To provide opportunities to study the practical applications of music.
  • To stimulate and build on children’s natural interest in music and to develop a musical approach to problem solving.
  • To develop responsible attitudes to health and safety.
  • To build on children’s confidence, enabling them to work successfully in both independent and co-operative settings.
  • To provide children with an enjoyable experience of Music, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and be motivated to study and enjoy Music.

Attitudes and approach to learning

We believe that involvement in music activities as listener or as active participator enrich the lives of each individual from a child’s early years through to adulthood. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and values through Music. Teachers will use a variety of stimulating resources and styles to develop this:

  • Listening and applying knowledge
  • Controlling sounds through singing and hands-on practical activities (performing).
  • Creating and developing musical ideas (composition).
  • Evaluating music, musicians, composers, each others and their own work (appraising)
  • Questioning
  • Discussion
  • Independent, paired and group work.
  • Displays
  • Use of Computing
  • Visits and visitors

Religious Education (RE)

R.E. aims to:

  • Help pupils develop knowledge, skills and understanding of religion – to learn about religion; (A.T.1)
  • Enable pupils to explore, continue in or come to their own beliefs and to respect the right of others to hold beliefs different from their own – to learn from religion.( A.T.2) 

(p 19 Wandsworth Council Agreed Syllabus 2006)

 

  • By encouraging these skills R.E. is contributing to educational development and provides opportunity for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to take place.
  • R.E has obvious cross curricular links, including Personal, Social & Health Education, History & Geography, Literacy& Creative Studies.
  • At Broadwater, R.E. also relates to the personal daily lives of many of our pupils, families and staff.

Design and Technology (DT) 

The Importance of DT within the School Curriculum 

“Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.  They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life.  The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and as members of a team.  They must look for the needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental; issues, function and industrial practices.  As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology and its uses and effects.  Through design and technology all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.”

(The National Curriculum Handbook, KS1 and 2, 1999) 

Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Foundation Stage curriculum is based upon the development matters and Early Learning Goals which are organised into 7 areas of learning.  The skills required for DT are found in various areas of learning which are ‘Understanding the World’, ‘Physical Development’ and Expressive ‘Arts and Design’.  Therefore there is no need for a separate DT curriculum in the Foundation Stage. 

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum 

DT is taught for half a term at a time, sharing its allocation with Art.  The sessions are between 45 minutes and an hour long. 

The knowledge, skills and understanding that are taught are divided into four key areas:

  • Developing, planning and communicating ideas
  • Working with tools, equipment and components to make quality products
  • Evaluating processes and products
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and components


Art and Design 

 

Our aim in Art and Design is to develop the children’s artistic knowledge, understanding and skills in accordance with their age, interests and abilities, in contexts relevant to their needs and cultural experience. 

 

We will aim to offer opportunities to:

 

  • Stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
  • Develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.
  • Explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and help them learn about their different roles and about the function of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
  • Help children learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping environments.
  • Support children to evaluate their own and others work, including that of professional artists and craftspeople, and suggest improvements or developments. 

Objectives 

  • To provide a broad and balanced Art and Design education for all children, regardless of race, gender, ability, cultural and socio economic background or any physical or sensory disability.
  • To deliver a curriculum content at an appropriate level for each pupils’ development.
  • To ensure all pupils develop a progressive understanding of Art and Design ideas and processes through the continuity addressed through the scheme of work.
  • To develop the practical skills of imaginative yet disciplined artistic enquiry, encouraging open mindedness, self appraisal, perseverance and responsibility.
  • To provide opportunities to study the practical applications of Art and Design.
  • To stimulate and build on children’s natural curiosity and to develop an art and design approach to problem solving.
  • To develop responsible attitudes to health and safety.
  • To build on children’s confidence, enabling them to work successfully in both independent and co-operative settings.
  • To provide children with an enjoyable experience of art and design, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and to be motivated to study art and design.

Modern Foreign Languages (French)

 

The contribution of MFL to the curriculum

 

It is our belief that the learning of a foreign language is a valuable experience.  Pupils develop communication and literacy skills, that not only prepare for future language learning but that  promote also an improved understanding of their own language and of how languages work, as they explore the differences and similarities between English and French and other known languages.  Importantly, learning another language also raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and reinforces the international dimension to pupils’ learning, fundamental to the ethos ofBroadwaterSchool.  Furthermore, the learning of a foreign language provides a medium for some creativity and for cross-curricular links.

 

Aims and objectives

It is our intention to:

-       foster an interest in learning other languages

-       introduce French in a way that is accessible, enjoyable and rewarding

-       stimulate curiosity about  the conventions, grammar and syntax of languages

-       promote the appreciation of cultural and regional variations, furthering inter-cultural understanding

-       develop confident communication, performance and social skills

-       teach successful language learning strategies

 

The children are taught how to:

-       answer and ask questions

-       use correct pronunciation and syntax

-       memorise words, phrases, passages, poems and play scripts

-       interpret meaning

-       understand basic grammar

-       use dComputingionaries

-       work in pairs and groups to communicate in French

-       look at life in francophone cultures

 

Every child in KS2 receives the entitlement of one hour’s modern foreign language teaching per week.  The provision is delivered in sessions of thirty minutes, fifteen minutes and fifteen minutes.