At Bournville Primary Provision we aim to provide a strong foundation enabling each pupil to reach his or her full potential. We embrace the Trust’s core values of Excellence, Dedication, Ambition, Integrity and Tradition in our relentless pursuit of excellence for every child in all areas of the curriculumx.

 

We work to create an atmosphere that encourages confidence and self-esteem, where each child is happy, enjoys learning and develops skills for education and life.  The curriculum is stimulating, relevant and varied and the working environment enables the development of individual strengths and co-operative skills.  We always aim to improve on our previous best.

Bournville Primary Provision provides a caring and challenging environment, where children grow in confidence.  Each child has a significant place, contributing varied abilities and gifts in a supportive environment.  The school has a contribution to make our community, and values opportunities to work with local organisations.

Bournville Primary Provision ensures the children learn the full range of the National Curriculum in a continuous, structured and progressive manner.  The National Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Physical Education are covered at suitable levels for each age group and for individual children’s ability. These are usually taught through general topics that relate different subjects under one title. In addition Religious Education Days are held each half term to form a part of the children’s learning experiences.

  • EYFS

    Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

    Here at Bournville Primary Provision we actively follow the children’s interests. This means we observe the children whilst they are actively engaged in purposeful play.

    Throughout the year the team observe, assess and plan for the children and meet their needs across the seven areas of learning through the characteristics of effective learning. This is thread throughout each and every area of learning. We plan and reflect on how children learn and understand each child is unique. We celebrate and nurture this.

    Children are taught through the Seven Areas of Learning.

    These are (changed all the letters to capital letters)

    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

    More information can be found here

    https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

    We link learning in the EYFS to guidance found in Development Matters and this document can be found here

    http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

  • English

    English teaching covers speaking, listening, reading and writing and is taught through the daily Read Write Inc. session as well as daily Shared Reading sessions. When children have completed the Read Write Inc. programme, children will then participate in shared reading sessions in class with an emphasis on developing reading comprehension skills enabling them to develop a deep understanding of a range of texts. There is also a strong emphasis on cross-curricular Literacy to enable children to embed their literacy skills across all subject areas.
    In Key Stage One, our children learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. They progress onto the National Curriculum once they can read with accuracy and speed.

    Children are grouped homogeneously, according to their progress in reading rather than their writing. This is because it is known that children’s progress in writing will lag behind progress in reading, especially for those whose motor skills are less well developed. Children are assessed half termly to ensure progression to the correct groups and extra intervention where needed. Children in Key Stage Two will also follow the Read Write Inc. programme if deemed necessary to a child’s educational development.

    In Read Write Inc. children:
    • Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
    • Read common exception words on sight
    • Understand what they read
    • Read aloud with fluency and expression
    • Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
    • Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
    • Acquire good handwriting.
    Further information can be found here http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

    Shared reading in Key stage one uses carefully chosen children’s literature as a stimulus for reading. In Key stage 2 children follow the Bug Club Scheme for shared reading. Shared reading allows children to receive high quality input from the class teacher on a daily basis during shared reading sessions. High quality questioning and follow up work develops the children’s skills in inference and deduction, expands their understanding of challenging vocabulary and gives opportunity for them to consider their own responses to a text, providing evidence for their ideas.

    All pupils are expected to read at home. A wide range of reading materials is used as children progress. There is a strong emphasis on reading stories and poems as well as factual information.

    Spelling is regarded as important and strategies for teaching accurate spelling are used in all year groups. Children write for a variety of purposes throughout school and in all subject areas.

    Parental involvement in children’s reading development is valued. Early in a child’s first year in school, the Reception staff arrange reading/writing workshops for parents to discuss our approaches and how parents can help their child. Such meetings are followed up at various times during a child’s time at Bournville Primary Provision as well as encouraging parents to attend our English workshops. Children are always encouraged to take books home and parents can support their child developing a love of books by reading with them regularly at home. In Key Stage 2, children also follow the Accelerated Reader Scheme to support their reading and are able to take books from the school library to read and engage in reading competitions in school.

    To further improve children’s confidence in the spoken word, children have opportunities to access the secondary provision through their drama studios and specialist teachers to further their knowledge and learning in the subject area.

    Further information on Bug club can be found here https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Primary/Literacy/GuidedReading/BugClub/Structure/BugClubStructure.aspx

    https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Primary/Literacy/GuidedReading/BugClub/Structure/BugClubStructure.aspx

  • Mathematics

    At Bournville Primary Provision, pupils follow the ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme of work. This is aligned to the National Curriculum. White Rose is influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. The white Rose philosophy is that everyone can do maths.

    At Bournville the teaching of maths ensures deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths and creates a maths culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. Maths lessons at Bournville in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 offer opportunities for gaining fluency in mathematical concepts, reasoning about numbers and solving a range of problems by applying the knowledge they have gained enabling children to become independent, reflective thinkers.

    Further information about White Rose Maths can be found here:
    https://whiterosemaths.com/who-we-are/about-white-rose-maths//

  • Science

    Bournville Primary Provision follows the programme ‘Science Bug’. This is aligned to the National Curriculum. Alongside the scientific subject knowledge, the children are taught to ‘work scientifically’; developing skills such as prediction, recording results and making conclusions. Science topics are arranged so that all areas of National Curriculum science are revisited every 2 years. This enables the children to experience continuity and progression over a very broad content.  As a core subject children spend a significant amount of class time each week on practical and experimental work.

    Every year at Bournville, the children participate in a “Science Fair” where pupils work independently on their own project at home and bring in to be judged by the Secondary Science Faculty.

    https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Primary/Science/AllScienceresources/Science-Bug/Science-Bug.aspx

  • History and Geography

    These subjects are taught, as detailed in the National Curriculum, in topic units and related to the Literacy and Science topics where possible. Termly there is often more of an emphasis on one rather than the other to enable the range of content to be covered in depth with the overall balance ensured over the 6 years.  Our homework projects allow children further opportunity to explore these subjects independently

  • Design and Technology

    The National Curriculum requires that children look at real-life problems, propose solutions, model these, evaluate them and modify them.  We plan such opportunities across the whole curriculum.  This includes sewing and cooking as well as engineering aspects of technology. Our children have opportunities to access the secondary provision through their technology suites and specialist teachers to further their knowledge and learning in the subject area.

    Our children can further their skills through the weekly Arts and Crafts extra-curricular club.

  • Art

    All children experience a full range of opportunities planned for 2D and 3D artwork, as well as developing an appreciation of art in our own and other cultures. The school maintains a wide variety of materials and equipment for drawing, painting, printing, plasticine, papier mache, clay, wood, fabrics and threads, metals, plaster and photography. Our children have opportunities to access the secondary provision through their art studios and specialist teachers to further their knowledge and learning in the subject area.

    Our children can further their skills through the weekly Arts and Crafts extra-curricular club.

  • Music

    The school is building a strong musical tradition.  At present all children benefit from class lessons that include appreciation of all kinds of music, singing, learning to play instruments, composing and performing. Our children have opportunities to access the secondary provision through their music studios and specialist teachers to further their knowledge and learning in the subject area. Children also have access to music lessons in violin, viola, brass and recorder.

  • Computing

    At Bournville we understand the important role that computing plays in education today. We aim to ensure that children are technology competent and that they are supported and challenged.

    The enjoyment and achievement of pupils in computing is evidently clear throughout the computing lessons that happen at Bournville School. Lessons are brought to life through subject specific software, coding, programming and web activities, which all provide interactive and engaging learning opportunities. Bournville School’s list of websites, applications and programs is always expanding to ensure that the children have the best possible tools available for them to progress, grow and evolve within their computing skills and knowledge. Pupils are taught the many uses of ICT, whether it is word processing, multimedia, presentation, coding, programming, website creation, design work or even email and internet use.

    In the Early Years, pupils are taught important keyboard and mouse skills through engaging games, whilst also developing an understanding of how to make electronic items move, through the use of programmable toys. This is an early introduction into integral input and output stages of programming.

    E-safety is an important topic that is integral to the teaching, learning and everyday life at Bournville School. The e-safety lessons held in school aim to inform and allow children to reflect upon the safe uses of all technology.

  • Physical Education

    At Bournville Primary Provision we believe that the Physical Education Curriculum makes a significant contribution to a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and personal development. Children’s feelings about their physical ability and their attitude to sport will often carry over into adolescence and adult life. We aim to provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programme, which will develop these skills and attitudes conducive to involvement in an active and healthy lifestyle.

    We aim to promote enjoyment of a physical activity and children take part regularly in gymnastics, fitness exercises, games and team games of all sorts, both indoors and outdoors. Swimming is available to all children in Year 5. We have a range of after school clubs delivered by specialist sports coaches and children in Reception and year 1 have access to balance bikes to develop their skill in riding a bike from an early age.

    Please see our document regarding our Sports Premium for further information.

  • Assessment

    Teachers assess the children throughout the year on all their national curriculum work. In addition there is more formal assessments per term in English and Mathematics to give us a greater amount of information to plan progress and to prepare all children for the national tests (SAT’s) at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.  You will be informed about your child’s progress at parents’ evenings and in their end of year report. As a result of teacher assessment all children are set targets for improvement.

  • Religious Education

    Bournville Primary Provision follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of RE which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life. Pupils are viewed holistically and the teaching of RE develops pupils capacities in thinking, empathy, responsibility as they learn about different religious traditions and from faith.

    Any parent has the right to request that their child be withdrawn from all or part of religious education but we would ask that parents wishing to do so come to school to discuss with us the full implications of withdrawal from this important part of the curriculum. To help parents we always try to inform them of any visits or activities which may be more sensitive in this area.

  • Sex and Relationships Education

    Sex and Relationships (S&R) Education takes place as a natural part of both our health education programme and work on the life cycles of plants and animals, which form part of the National Curriculum in Science.

    Parts of the programme that deal specifically with puberty and human reproduction are normally covered in Years 5 and 6 and parents will be told when this is likely to happen during the year. Such issues are dealt with sensitively and involve discussions about emotions, caring relationships, security and stability of families as well as personal health and biological aspects of reproduction. Lessons are usually mixed whole class lessons with the normal class teachers. Some aspects are discussed separately with boys and girls, though all aspects are taught to both.

    Parents are welcome to look at teaching plans and organisation of lessons and to discuss their own views with us in order for home and school to be mutually supportive. Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education provided except that which forms part of the National Curriculum in Science. Parents should discuss any such request with the Head teacher.

  • Homework

    We promote the use of homework and see it as a valuable tool in developing and expanding academic achievement. Homework is used to extend school learning, by using some time out of school to improve academic attainment and to develop the independence and self-discipline required for successful future study. Our aim is to engage parents/carers in the learning process and to utilise resources for learning, of all kinds, in the home.

    Each child in school is set homework each half term in the form of a topic based range of activities. Children are asked to earn ten points each half term through independently choosing their own tasks to complete worth a variety of points.

    Children are also asked to complete daily reading with their parents / carers as well as weekly spelling and times table from Key Stage One.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum





Knowledge Organisers:

Research shows that children have a better understanding of what they are learning, if they commit core knowledge to memory. In order to support our children to make links and embed knowledge within their long term memory, we will be sending out ‘Knowledge Organisers’, each half term.

This is a document that contains all the key facts and vocabulary that children need to learn for that topic. We encourage children to learn this knowledge off-by-heart. This will allow them to grapple with more complex ideas and questions in lessons.

By sharing these ‘Knowledge Organisers’ with you, we are hoping that everyone knows exactly what is being taught, and what the children need to learn.