Bedford Primary School

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Curriculum

Overview & Values - Our Intent

 

We aim to provide a fully inclusive curriculum that allows all pupils to develop the skills needed to feel  confident, engaged, challenged and empowered in all lessons, whether in maths as a mathematician, in art as an artist or in science as a scientist etc.  Our curriculum approach is underpinned by the embedding of thinking skillseffective and timely feedbackgreater learner independence and involvement and high standards and expectations.  We also encourage pupils to reflect upon themselves as learners.  Understanding their own personal strengths, challenges and the strategies that work best for them is powerful and a key part of reaching their true and full potential.

 

While many personal,family, and cultural factors contribute to students’ outcomes, a large body of up to date research indicates that what teachers do, know and believe matters more to the achievement of students than anything else we can influence. With this in mind, we are committed to the provision of high quality CPD for every member of our dedicated teaching team.  Raising the quality of teaching is the single most effective thing we could do to promote both overall attainment and equity (William 2018)

 

Our curriculum also reflects our local context and we aim to use the rich history and opportunities that can be found within the great city of Liverpool to build cultural capital for all pupils.  

Our curriculum and how we learn at Bedford

Alongside the clear progression of key vocabulary, the development, progression and application of knowledge and skills  in all subjects will be evident. The use of technology and hands-on, practical experiences are carefully woven through our curriculum to enhance teaching and learning.

 

  • Built upon prior learning and acquirement of skills, it is planned around the distinctive needs of our children.  
  • It is relevant and allows pupils to make connections 
  • Equality of opportunity for every single child in our care
  • Enquiry based to promote curiosity, speaking and listening, the asking of questions and the ability to clearly articulate the learning that is taking place
  • Embeds the application of basic skills (oracy, reading, writing and maths).  We strive to put reading at the heart of all that we do.                         
  • Makes purposeful links between subjects to make learning meaningful and relevant
  • Underpinned by progress and clear outcomes to raise standards in all subjects
  • Learning is relevant, exciting and brings the world into our classrooms
  • Planning for progression in skills, application and vocabulary
  • Embodies the latest thinking about quality learning and brain-based learning.

 

Our curriculum also reflects our local context and we aim to use the rich history and opportunities that can be found within the great city of Liverpool to build cultural capital for all pupils.  

 

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the School directly on 0151 922 1467.

Supporting us to provide the best Bedford Curriculum possible:

 

Jacqui Patterson, Principal School Improvement Officer 

Maddy Barnes, English Consultant/Advisor

Ann Marie Rutter, Consultant Trainer for Ruth Miskin (Read Write Inc)

Rachael Webb, Teacher Advisor for primary science, working with the CORE network of schools

Steph O'Donnell, Design Technology Consultant

Jane Edgar, Sefton Music Service

Liverpool Cathedral Outreach Service (music, singing and performance)

Alison Watt, South Sefton Sports Partnership (PE)  

Sarah Austin, Hillside High School (PE links with a secondary school to increase opportunities) 

Gill Rowlands, School Improvement Liverpool (schools of sanctuary/children with EAL)

Johnny Craig (Applied Psychologies), Educational Psychologist

Honor Coombs (Honor ETC), SEND consultant

We also belong to two school networks: The Strand Partnership and CORE

 

Alongside  colleagues from our local Strand Partnership network, we are taking part in a Metacognition Project to ensure that our curriculum is underpinned by the very latest brain-based learning research.

Check out our class gallery pages to find year group long-term plans and a link to each year group Twitter feed 

Curriculum enrichment

 

We also value the importance of and impact that first hand, real life experiences have upon children’s education and have built a variety of trips, Forest School experiences and residential visits into our curriculum.  

 

In the Summer Term of 2018, every child in school received a taster session of Forest School activities. Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers children opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, learn key skills through hands-on, practical learning in a woodland environment. Our amazing outdoor space at Bedford Primary lends itself to this form of teaching and offers our children access to a wealth of outdoor learning experiences.

 

The positive feedback from the children and staff following the taster sessions confirmed the need for Forest School to be an integral part of our curriculum. In early 2019 Bedford Primary applied for an initiative for schools to receive Forest School delivery and training as part of the 2019 Year of the Environment  led by the Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham. We were delighted to be chosen as one of only two schools in the North West to participate in the project.  

 

The Forest School initiative, delivered by the Lancashire Wildlife Fund, involved a weekly Forest School session in school and a permanent Forest School seating area and outdoor space in our grounds. In addition, two members of staff received training to qualify as fully-trained Forest School teachers, ensuring this form of education will remain as an integral and key offering to our children. We also received funding to build an outdoor classroom which will be integral to our continued delivery of forest school at Bedford.

 

Click on the link below to visit our Forest Schools page

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