Our curriculum is developed in termly topics, in a two year rolling programme, which delivers our school principles whilst ensuring it covers the statutory requirements of the national curriculum.
The long term curriculum maps provide progression across the school.
Teaching may be subject specific, cross curricular or delivered through continuous provision in the form of daily routines or theme weeks.
Learning from cognitive science underpins our curriculum design. This includes:
1) spaced repetition to support effective learning;
2) interleaving, which helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids long term retention
3) retrieval of previously learned material is frequent and regular which supports the transfer of learning into the long-term memory.
Reading: Proficiency in reading is key to enabling children to access all other areas of the curriculum. Reading is taught daily throughout school. In EYFS and KS1 Phonics is taught on a daily basis through Read, Write Inc. Throughout the rest of the school, pupils have whole class reading sessions using a variety of reading materials, (class texts, fiction, non-fiction articles and poetry) these support the development of fluency and comprehension. We want our children to read widely and to develop a love of books. We encourage them to take books home and share them with parents. A reading record is used for home/school communication. Each term is enriched with a high quality whole-class text which is explored and often used as stimulus for reading and writing.
Writing: Different opportunities to write for a range of audiences and purposes are provided termly and throughout the year. Children are given regular opportunities to write at length, applying skills that they have learned previously. Assessment of this writing enables teachers to plan next steps in learning based on children’s individual needs. The teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar teaching is interwoven into English lessons.
Maths: Maths is taught daily. Throughout the week pupils have the opportunity to learn, use and apply what they have been learning in an open –ended/cross-curricular way involving real life maths. Arithmetic, mental/oral sessions and reasoning activities are an integral part of our maths curriculum and are taught regularly. As well as this, pupils are taught rapid recall of key mathematical facts. We believe that in order for pupils to be confident mathematicians, they need a firm foundation and concrete understanding of number and mental maths strategies and so, across the school we use the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach, where pupils are encouraged to explain and prove their workings. Once children secure fluency in mathematical concepts, they are challenged in their learning through problem solving in order to gain a deeper understanding.
Science: Our Science curriculum is structured to allow pupils to explore science through practical and investigative work. The aim of the curriculum is to develop ‘working scientifically’ skills such as planning, conducting, recording, concluding and evaluating as well as secure curriculum knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics We encourage natural curiosity and allow the children to investigate for themselves to find answers to their questions about the world around them and beyond. Our Year 6 children attend the STEM event at Magna each year and learn about a range of different career options in this industry.
Humanities (history and geography): Our topics in school are driven by a humanities theme; children are given a concept organiser at the start of a term to support their learning. This also enables children to see links between the topic and the impact it has on their life and their local area. The children are also explicitly taught relevant historical and geographical vocabulary to enhance their understanding. The topics are designed to build upon skills and knowledge learned throughout their time at Bawtry Mayflower. Over a term, the children will develop their skills in: investigating places and patterns; communicating both geographically and historically; investigating and interpreting the past; building an overview of world history and understanding chronology. We provide our children with an opportunity to know more about the past and enhance their geographical understanding in a variety of ways including a range of educational excursions and inviting visitors to come in and speak with the children. Each week, the children learn about ‘World News’ in their phase, which develops our children’s geographical understanding as well as providing opportunities for reflection.
Here at Bawtry Mayflower, we are proud to celebrate the voyage of the Pilgrims, who sailed on the Mayflower ship in 1620. The children enjoy learning about this as it is key to the heritage of our school and local area. We also have regular theme weeks throughout school to enhance the children’s understanding of significant events in the world.
Religious Education: Religious Education is taught in line with the Doncaster local authority agreed syllabus. It is used alongside humanities as a driver for the wider curriculum. Our Religious Education curriculum is based on understanding beliefs and teachings; understanding practices and lifestyles; understanding how beliefs are conveyed and gives opportunities to reflect. Our RE curriculum enables the pupils to explore Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. We work closely with our local church community and have weekly ‘Open The Book’ assemblies as well as termly visits to St Nicholas’ church to celebrate significant Christian events.
Art: All pupils have the opportunity to express themselves artistically. Our curriculum is designed to deliver a high-quality education that engages, inspires and challenges all pupils. Children will explore a range of different artists from a range of cultures and times so that they can discuss their likes and dislikes in order to develop their appreciation and understanding of art. Pupils take inspiration from an artist before practising and mastering a range of techniques. Children are encouraged to develop their ideas through a hands on approach, practising, improving and developing their skills.
D&T: In DT we develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Children will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and purposes. Children are given opportunities to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Computing: It is important for all children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science; analyse problems and write computer programs using computational thinking; can evaluate and apply information technology; and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of technology. Our Computing curriculum at Bawtry Mayflower provides opportunities for children to code, connect, communicate and collect data. It is tailored to provide a rich, engaging and memorable programme of study for our children including opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively using a range of software and hardware. Online Safety is taught discretely as part of our computing curriculum. We use a range of age appropriate resources such as the ‘ThinkUKnow’ resources created in partnership with CEOP and the NCA. Each year, we hold events for parents to promote ways to keep children safe online.
Music – Throughout school, we use the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work which enables opportunities to perform, compose, transcribe and describe music. Within class lessons, pupils have the opportunity to compare, perform and evaluate their work. We also have a choir after-school club that practise weekly and have regular opportunities to perform. They also attend the Sing Out event in Doncaster annually which they thoroughly enjoy. The children in Year 6 are all members of the school brass band. Children in KS2 are offered opportunities to learn a range of instruments including guitar and woodwind with specialised teachers. They then, along with the Year 6 band, put on a summer term performance for the other children in school as well as their parents.
PE is taught by both the class teacher and specialist sports coaches (Cre8ive dance). Pupils learn to swim in Year 5. There are range of sporting opportunities on offer including, but not limited to; tennis, street dance and cheerleading. During spring and summer term, we will have inclusive sporting competitions between our local schools leading up to Sports Day towards the end of the academic year.
PSHE and SRE: The curriculum provides a range of opportunities to enable children to develop responsibility and citizenship through taking on additional roles in class and across school to contribute to the wider community. Pupils have regular opportunities to participate in discussion through pupil voice sessions as a vehicle to explore relevant themes including relationships (social and emotional), Health and well-being, Economic wellbeing & being a responsible citizen. We use ‘The Big Talk’ company to support our teaching of Sex and relationship Education (SRE) from EYFS to Y6. We are committed to equipping pupils with skills and knowledge but also the wider learning behaviours and personal attributes they need for success in life-long learning. Each year, the Year 6 children go to Crucial Crew as part of developing our children to become responsible citizens.
Our 4 learning behaviours in school are: be responsible, be determined, be collaborative and be courageous. We encourage pupils to use these skills to make the most out of all experiences. These behaviours are developed, demonstrated and celebrated in a variety of ways across the school and we encourage children to use them to make the most out of all experiences.
French is introduced in KS2 and taught by a specialist MFL teacher from our local secondary school. Continuing with French throughout KS2 enables the pupils to communicate confidently and effectively in French. Our French curriculum bridges the gap between KS2 and KS3 in Modern Foreign Languages by fostering a love for French and teaching an understanding of the language skills needed to make good progress at KS3. In so doing, children will acquire an appreciation of French culture including differences between their own lives and those of French children.
For more information, please read our curriculum and assessment policy.