Curriculum and Learning
At Bedfont Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils.
Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which is statutory. We ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. We aim to give them the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. More information can be found at www.foundationyears.org.uk. We use the non-statutory Developing Matters guidance and support learning through projects such as "Every Child a Talker".
Pupils in Years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum. In addition to the National Curriculum the school is also required to teach RE (Religious Education). Daily discrete teaching of phonics takes place throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, following the Little Wandle scheme. We recommend that you visit this website, which is full of excellent guidance and resources: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/
We believe our children learn through our core values of courage, confidence, creativity, calmness, co-operation and curiosity. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and develops skills that lead to independent learners and thinkers. We believe that verbal skills are key to the early success of our children. Speaking and listening skills are found throughout our curriculum, with opportunities given to develop these in a variety of ways.
Our curriculum is driven by expected knowledge at the end of units of learning and the complementary skills that are fundamental to individual curriculum subjects.
We believe that enhanced learning opportunities take place outside the classroom and so we take every opportunity to learn locally and within the London area. Where opportunities can be enhanced in school, we invite learning experts in to our school.
We believe that learning needs to be driven by purpose so we endeavour to drive our learning through a clear purpose. Inspiring outcomes lead children to think in an aspirational way.
Our curriculum has been designed to encompass knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live, as well as the events that have shaped it in the past to make it what it is today. The topics have been designed to complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, they will be able to explore concepts deeper, applying their knowledge in different contexts.
We have grouped our subjects into clusters with each group of subjects having a cluster leader/s. This experienced leader is responsible for working alongside the other leaders to raise standards across the group. You will find on the links on the right the clusters.
Our clusters are:
- English - Reading, Writing, Phonics and Early Years
- Stem - Maths, Science, Computing and Early Years
- Creative Arts - Art, DT, Drama, Music and Early Years
- Health and Wellbeing - PSHCE, Mental Health, Physical Education and Early Years
- Humanities - History, Geography, Religion and World views and Early Years