“A love of learning is nurtured through our vibrant, innovative curriculum.”
“ Inspirational teaching promotes high aspirations for all children, both socially and academically.”
“Children and staff are confident, happy and independent learners.”
“Outdoor learning gives children the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world.”
Statements from our Vision relating to the curriculum
Burwash CE Primary School curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, which are taught through a relevant, contextual and inspiring creative curriculum, RE, PSHE and the Forest School programme.Our curriculum is revisited annually by the whole staff when 6 themes are decided upon that meet the needs of the children, that take into account local or National events and context, whilst also ensuring that key knowledge and skills can be acquired and built upon. Our curriculum does not rely on published schemes but on our teachers’ professional planning skills and has been developed over many years. Our aim is to harness children’s natural curiosity and ensure that learning is fun and enjoyable to help maximise potential. Links with prior learning and indeed with other subjects are constantly made and referred to, so that children can begin to see the bigger picture within learning. The National Curriculum is used as our basis and from this our teachers have developed a knowledge and skills based progressive curriculum for every year group and every subject. We ensure coverage of all areas through a specifically designed opportunity for teacher self assessment. The curriculum map with all six themes is published annually and can be found here.
In addition and alongside this we also offer the Burwash Bundle which is a set of activities of experiences that all children will be offered during their time at Burwash. This ensures that we are constantly building children’s cultural capital as well as building memories for pupils that we hope will last a lifetime.
We plan regular visits or workshops (many whole school) to ensure learning is first hand where possible and have a programme of extracurricular activities that includes creative and physical opportunities. We have high expectations of the pupils and constantly challenge children whilst building an expectation that children will also challenge themselves as learners, with work on Growth Mindset to encourage this. Our topics aim to build global awareness but also take into account our unique local context. Each term we provide an outline of the topic to parents to show the focus to be covered in each subject.