The New Brighton Curriculum is all the learning experiences, formal and informal, which we provide for our children.
When designing our curriculum we listened to our pupils. They said they wanted their learning to be:
We then considered what our pupils needed and agreed that firstly our children should develop good literacy and numeracy skills. We then reviewed the skills required for 21st century employment and agreed that our curriculum should be responsive to this.
Staff agreed that pupils should also be independent and engaged in their learning and should have effective ICT and communication skills. In addition our pupils should be confident, articulate and should be effective team members, as these are essential skills in order to prepare them for 21st century employment.
For pupils in New Brighton Primary School Early Years Foundation Stage classes learning is structured around the needs and interests of our pupils. Much of the learning is designed through play with targeted small group or one to one support provided in all areas of learning.
Staff working within the foundation stage review pupil attainment and work as a team to plan learning opportunities for individual pupil needs, based on identified next steps.
Topics are carefully chosen within Foundation1 and Foundation 2 classes to engage pupils, develop independent learning and effectively secure basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Key Stage 1 and KS2 Bands
From years 1 to 6 pupils experience greater formal structure to their learning. Pupils are taught literacy and numeracy skills in discreet lessons.
Literacy lessons include phonic skills which are taught using Letters and Sound synthetic phonics, guided reading, handwriting, extended writing and grammar.
Numeracy lessons have a focus on developing number competencies. They also include opportunities for using and applying number and solving number problems.
Within KS1 classes pupils are taught music, P.E, and Personal and Social education and R.E. in discreet lessons by specialist school staff during class teacher non-contact time.
History, Geography, D.T. and Art are taught within engaging topics usually timetabled within the afternoon sessions. Topics taught develop subject specific knowledge and skills which are compliant with national curriculum requirements. Topics reflect the interests and needs of our pupils in order to ensure the curriculum remains vibrant, engaging and relevant. These topics provide a vehicle for the application and reinforcement of cross curricular subject skills including literacy and numeracy.
Within KS2 classes pupils learn Spanish. This language was carefully chosen as it provides an excellent foundation for language study. Spain is increasingly accessible to families within our local community and this language is also a significant global language.
R.E. is taught using the Wirral RE curriculum and Wirral scheme of work drafted by our own staff in collaboration with a group of Wirral teachers in 2013. This curriculum incorporates world religions within a predominantly Christian framework. Parents have the option to withdraw their child from R.E. in agreement with the Headteacher.
Extended Study Beyond the Classroom
Staff are innovative in planning quality first hand and concrete experiences as possible to enhance learning. We plan appropriate trips beyond the classroom to further engage pupils and enhance learning. In addition to curriculum based trips and visitors the school provides a wide variety of after school activities including sport, drama, cookery, chess and music and we also plan residential trips for children and theatre trips for children and their families.
Social and Emotional Development
It is our aim to develop emotionally resilient pupils who are also emotionally literate. Pupils develop these skills in class with the support of staff from the Tranquility room. Where appropriate additional structured support is given to individuals and groups where there is an identified need.
Where parental involvement is less well developed support can be accessed via the satellite centre on the school site. Staffing support available includes a Massage Therapist, Parent Support Advisor and Family Support Worker employed by the school.
Literacy and maths lessons are taught discreetly, generally in morning sessions. In addition we also teach Music, Personal and Social Education, R.E., ICT, P.E., Science and Spanish in weekly lessons. All of these subjects are also studied within subject centred topics taught.
Chess In School
At New Brighton we encourage all pupils to play chess and work with Chess in Schools to support children in learning to play the game in order to promote many of the skills listed above. We also promote problem solving, visual learning and logical thinking through the game of chess in the curriculum.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Learning does not finish at 3.30 p.m. at New Brighton. In addition to homework, which can be completed in the after school ICT club, pupils can access a wide variety of clubs both before and after school. These clubs include football, fencing, Rugby Tots, athletics, basketball, netball, cross country, golf, chess, Glee Club, Drama Club, ICT Club, Cookery Club and Book Club.A full list of available clubs can be found here.
All these topics incorporate visits beyond the classroom and/or visitors to school in order to engage and enthuse our learners. Visits and visitors are also planned for other subject areas, assemblies and topics.