Curriculum

Curriculum

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At Bader, we raise awareness of, develop, and encourage the exercising of British Values, by ensuring that they are at the heart of our school curriculum. Opportunities are taken to promote these values across all subject areas. British Values also form the basis of our Monday Assembly content and instruction, with the four key strands alternated on a weekly basis.

The ‘fundamental British values’ that the DfE and Ofsted are asking schools to promote are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

All schools should ensure that:

‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the heart of the school’s work.’

‘Social development of pupils is shown when they accept and engage with these values and develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain’. This is all part of ‘equipping children to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society.’ ‘As part of this work teachers need to be quick to challenge stereotypes and to use resources and teaching strategies that reflect and value the diversity of pupils’ experiences and provide pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience. Schools should ‘create opportunities for pupils to use social skills within the classroom or on educational visits to work and socialize with other pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds’

As a school, we are working to the following definitions of the four strands:

Democracy
Pupils have an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.

The Rule of Law
Pupils have an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
Pupils have an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence

Individual Liberty
Pupils have an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Pupils have an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Pupils have an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

At Bader we believe that high quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life. We offer an ever increasing range of opportunities for the pupils of our school to participate in competitive sport.

In addition to this, we feel that a good level of sport and fitness can support with both children’s physical and mental health. In accordance with this we are looking to engage with the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan for Action which can be found here.

Silver School Games Award

Bader is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the silver kite mark for our dedication to PE and school sport. With our great PE lessons, sporting afterschool clubs, SSOC organisation, and participation in current tag rugby, athletics, netball, football and basketball events at other schools. We are also extremely proud of our intra school competitions which last year included a full KS2 rounder’s and cross country competition. At Bader we aim to create a platform for our budding young sportsmen and women by forming links with local sporting clubs.

The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.

To achieve the award many pre-requisites had to be fulfilled. These included: children’s participation and provision of PE/ Games, the number of competitive opportunities both within and outside school that are offered, pupils involvement in the planning and organisation of sporting events and the training of staff – to name but a few.

At Bader, we aim to offer a rich and enjoyable experience in Mathematics in order to develop each of our learners into confident, passionate mathematicians.

We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics to ensure that all pupils:  

  •        Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.
  •        Develop the ability to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  •        Are able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.”

Children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus, such as Numicon and Dienes blocks before moving onto pictorial representations which may mean diagrams or sketches in order to solve problems. Doing so develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next step into abstract maths, such as multiplying fractions.

We also believe that children should take ownership for their own learning journey and need to be able to articulate:-

–      Where am I going (Goals/Targets) – Feed Up

–      How am I doing? – Feed Back

–      Where to next? –  (Next Steps) Feed Forward

 

The Bader Maths Milestones is an assessment tool which is used for teacher, peer and self-assessment. The booklets are used consistently in lessons as a visual tool for children in order to ensure they are kept fully involved in their learning journey.  Children are able to see the steps they need to take in order to achieve each learning objective.  Each child is encouraged to reflect upon which milestone they are on throughout the learning journey and articulate what they need to do next in order to achieve (or indeed in some cases exceed) their learning objective.

Calculation Policy

The Bader Calculation Policy is used by all members of staff in order to ensure that our learners experience consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations. This outlines expectations for each year groups and explains how key concepts should be taught. We hope that you will find in useful with supporting your child at home.

Helpful Videos

Videos to demonstrate written calculations in maths:-

Adding 2 digit numbers (no regrouping)

Adding 3 digit numbers (regrouping)

Subtracting 2 digit numbers (without regrouping)

Subtracting 3 digit numbers (regrouping)

Grid method for multiplication

Column method for short multiplication

Column method for long multiplication

Bus stop method for division

Bus stop method – 3 digit by 2 digit calculations

As of the Summer term 2016 we will be working in partnership with Place2be, the UK’s leading mental health charity. Place2Be provides in-school support and expert training to

improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers & school staff.

Click on the image to find out more about Place2Be.

 

Place2Be will work with children in our school, at this, a vital stage of their development. They will offer children support to cope with emotional and behavioural difficulties, This will have a positive impact on the whole class, and helps teachers focus on teaching. Place2Be will also offer support for school staff and parents.

 

Place2Be will offer:

  • One-to-one counselling with a trained counsellor (short- and long-term), tailored to each child’s needs
  • Place2Talk, a drop in/self-referral service open to all pupils
  • Group work on issues such as transition into secondary school, bereavement, friendship and self-esteem

Services for others

  • Parents, grandparents and carers: counselling and support services
  • School staff: support, consultation and training
  • Partnership working with statutory agencies, voluntary sector partners and community groups

Science at Bader is all about the children learning about the way the world around them works.

The science curriculum has been designed to allow teachers to structure science learning to follow the children’s interests.  Children are encouraged to ask questions about scientific phenomenon and teachers then plan schemes of learning to teach children how to answer these questions.  The National Curriculum has been aligned with the Association for Science Education’s Big Ideas of Science, meaning that teachers are able to develop conceptual understanding and scientific skills throughout the year in all areas of science for each year group.  This approach has been peer reviewed by colleagues at Durham University School of Education.

We are excited to be moulding the scientists of the future.

Ciao!

Children at Bader Primary School learn Italian from Year 3 onwards.  Italian is a beautiful language which, like French, Spanish, Portuguese and others, developed from Latin.

The children learn how to read, write, listen to and speak basic Italian such as:

  • Introducing themselves – Mi chiamo…
  • Greeting others – Ciao! Come stai?
  • Expressing likes and dislikes – Mi piace… Non mi piace…
  • Common vocabulary – clothes, school, holidays, places, family
  • Counting – uno, due, tre …
  • Communicating with Italian children as penpals

In addition, the children learn about Italian life and culture – with food being a firm favourite.  They are immersed in Italian during lessons through listening to and reading songs, rhymes, stories and videos.  At home, children can continue to learn the language by using the Duolingo website to build their knowledge of vocabulary.