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Curriculum Rationale

Our aim at Boyne Hill is to consistently provide exciting learning opportunities and experiences for all children within a broad and balanced curriculum. We are passionate about nurturing a love of learning through our topic based curriculum, using engaging resources and teaching styles  which promote creativity and curiosity and are adapted to meet the needs of each cohort of children.

 

Our curriculum enables all children to engage in learning opportunities within their immediate environment and wider world, reflecting the rich and varied cultures in our local community and beyond. Through inspiring and engaging lessons, we prepare them for the next stage in their learning journey.

 

Our Curriculum Foundations

  • Developing a sense of self through opportunities for personal, social and emotional aspects of learning, including the most effective ways of living and learning collaboratively within our immediate community and the wider world
  • Developing a sense of belonging and an understanding of our place in the world through activities to engage with geographical, historical and scientific learning
  • Promoting physical education alongside knowledge of how to stay safe and make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Learning the skills of reading and writing through a programme of systematic synthetic phonics in a language rich environment where vocabulary is taught and present in all curriculum areas 
  • Learning the skills of maths with practise and application in problem solving activities
  • Developing an understanding of the digital world and computing, including how to stay safe online and understand the impact of technology in the world we live
  • Encouraging creativity through art, drama and music and by thinking critically and taking risks to build resilience
  • Collaborative learning and engagement including specific themed weeks, for example, Eid, Diwali, Art, Space, Flight, Music, International, Eco and Sea Creatures
  • Environmental education including growing, cooking and being ecologically aware

 

Curriculum Enrichment

  • Trips and Visits including the local theatre, places of worship, places of historical or environmental interest, a local animal park, a nearby Discovery Centre and the Zoo
  • Visitors including our Parish Priest, theatre and dance performers, road safety and online safety professionals, the NSPCC, people who help us and professional athletes
  • Events including the local Dance festival, Wake-up, Shake-up festival, community inclusion (Makaton), local Reading and Writing challenges and sporting activities and competitions

 

Evaluation

The effectiveness of our curriculum, in terms of personal and academic development, is evaluated through:

  • Progress data
  • End of year/key stage assessment data
  • The celebration of personal achievements
  • Feedback from parents, carers and the children

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