The Bretforton Village School curriculum is designed to be broad and address the emotional, intellectual and emotional needs of our children. In order to ensure that we provide a balanced curriculum, we identify activities, opportunities and objectives using three aspects – head, heart and hand.
The table below gives examples of each of these but there are other applications for each of these aspects.
Activities and lessons which develop knowledge within subjects, the local community, of the wider world and issues affecting the local and world community.
Activities and lessons that develop emotional maturity, understanding, empathy, a sense of wonder, curiosity, morality, a sense of community and resilience.
Activities and lessons that develop physical skills, coordination, artistic ability, fine motor skills, strength, stamina, suppleness and agility.
Our curriculum goes beyond the lessons that we teach and is reflected in, and driven many aspects of life at Bretforton Village School.
Engagement and communication with parents
Involvement with the local community
Involvement in the life of the Church community
Safeguarding and pupil well-being
After-school clubs and opportunities
Roles of responsibility within school
Homework and independent tasks
Continuous professional development for staff
Sharing of life experiences
Promoting healthy lifestyles
Development and care of the environment
Links with other countries and communities
As a school, we recognize that the lives of our children are not the same as those in larger towns and cities. We aim to encourage pride in our local area, in its distinctiveness and its history and traditions. Where possible, Bretforton Village School is involved in local events which celebrate and bring together the village community. Our curriculum promotes this as part of our drive to ensure that British Values are understood and celebrated.
We also recognise that our locality limits the awareness, understanding and knowledge of people from different ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures. We aim to develop the children’s understanding of this during their time with us by ensuring that they become more aware of the world outside of Bretforton and how other communities live their lives, follow their beliefs and celebrate their own traditions.
Our Head, Heart and Hand approach enables us to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that addresses these two key features of our local community.
Bretforton Village School is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act 2010. We aim to reduce disadvantages, discrimination and inequalities of opportunity, and promote diversity in terms of our pupils, our workforce and the community in which we work. Our curriculum reflects this commitment and underpins it as a whole.
We will assist our pupils in achieving to their very best potential. Where pupils experience barriers to their success we will work with them to address these in a sensitive and sympathetic way. We will teach our pupils the importance of equality and what forms discrimination can take and the impact discrimination can have.
We will not discriminate on any of the grounds listed below (known as the Protected Characteristics) save where such discrimination is permitted by law.
The Protected Characteristics that apply to schools are:
• Age (in relation to staff only);
• Gender re-assignment;
• Marriage and civil partnership (in relation to staff only);
• Pregnancy and Maternity;
• Religion Faith or Belief;
• Sex; and
• Sexual orientation
Our Curriculum includes:
- Design Technology
- Music (including instrumental tuition)
- Modern Foreign Languages (French)
- Physical Education (including swimming)
We also have a programme of ‘Life Skills' covering Personal, Social and Moral Education which we have devised based on Every Child Matters, the teaching of British Values and the adopted school values in collaboration with our MAT sponsor. This is taught from Reception to Year 5. We provide wide and varied learning experiences for every child.
Relationships Education is taught as outlined in our Relationships Education Policy. Other providers may be involved and parents are informed before specific sex education is taught. Naturally we want our teaching to be supportive and complimentary to parents, so please come in and talk to us if you have any queries.
Although our school is non-denominational, it has a strong Christian tradition. Every opportunity is taken to help each child to understand that caring and showing respect for others is an important part of living together in harmony in our diverse society. Throughout their time at Bretforton, children learn about various festivals from a variety of religions and cultures including Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Chinese culture. We follow the Local Authority guidelines for the teaching of Religious Education and a variety of approaches are used. In addition, children may participate in a Multi-Cultural Themed Week. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or parts of the Religious Education or Collective Worship programme. Parents need to discuss this with the headteacher before withdrawing their child.
Outdoor Learning at Bretforton Village School
At Bretforton Village School we value the opportunities our outdoor environment offers in
enhancing the learning opportunities we can provide for our pupils. This approach supports
the Head, Heart, Hand philosophy we follow at our school.
By taking learning outside of the classroom children learn through what they do, through
what they encounter and through what they discover. During their time working in our forest
area pupils learn about the environment in which they live, themselves and each other, while
also learning the many new practical outdoor skills we teach them.
Our aim is to foster rich learning experiences that directly support their learning inside the
classroom and support the emotional and social skills that develop when working
collaboratively with their peers in the natural environment. The sky really is the limit in the
Our Reception and Year One pupils experience outdoor learning in our forest area each
week. Our Year Two-Year Five pupils also get the opportunity to experience outdoor
learning throughout the year.
At Bretforton Village School our ethos is strong in developing outdoor learning and
environmental education and this is seen in the children’s passion and want to make a
positive impact on our natural world.
Our Lead CSP plans and delivers the outdoor learning sessions. Through her knowledge of
how children learn and her passion for the outdoors she provides enriching learning
Some of the benefits of learning in the outdoors:
Developing child led learning opportunities
Developing problem solving and decision-making skills
Negotiating risk in a safe way
Improving social and communication skills
Motivating pupils through working in a different environment
Learning new skills, use of tools and development of traditional crafts
Developing knowledge and understanding of the natural world
Supporting children’s mental health, self-esteem and self confidence
Respect for our environment and learning how what we do, can impact on it
Curriculum Coverage Documents
|History||Modern Foreign Languages||Music||Personal, Social & Health Education|
|Physical Education||Religious Education||Science|
Knowledge and Skills Progression
|History||Modern Foreign Languages||Music||Science|