We have high expectations for all our children and recognise that, as a very large school, our children come from very different socio-economic backgrounds and have very different life experiences.
We also have an increasing number of children for whom English is an additional language as well as high numbers of children with SEND.
We put acquisition of language at the heart of everything that we do (filling the word gap) and ensure our curriculum is flexible and can be modified to meet all the needs of all children and give them all the same opportunities.
We value our parents and support them to have a significant impact on their child’s learning at home.
Our curriculum and planning cycle is part of the whole school model which dedicates a theme to each term.
Our themes are chosen based on the children’s interests though, as a large school, we recognise this is hard.
Our themes therefore are broad enough to follow specific children’s interests ‘in the moment’ and our staff are skilled in responding to a particular fascination of a child or group of children and linking them to the progression maps in a creative, ambitious and innovative way.
Our curriculum is designed with the strengths and needs of each cohort of children at the forefront of our minds. We use Development Matters as a basis to help us plan the journey towards the The Early Learning Goals, supplementing and enriching it with carefully planned activities, resources, opportunities and teaching.
In addition, each term we have 8 curricular goals. These goals enable our children to get off to a flying start. They are based on the Early Learning Goals, our school needs and the planned for experiences we already have in place. They have been developed with the understanding that there is SO much more that happens in the Nursery and Reception year, but we also wanted to acknowledge what makes children at Bricknell unique and how our EYFS children fit into the bigger school picture in an ambitious and clear way. Our curriculum recognises that depth in early learning is much more important than covering lots of things in a superficial way.