Curriculum

At Bradway we pride ourselves in our creative curriculum. We have found that pupils learn best when they have some influence over what they are learning so we provide opportunities for them to say what they would like to learn about in certain parts of the curriculum. Pupils have told us that they enjoy learning outside so we plan activities that make the most of our large grassed areas and woods. The outdoor classroom and woodland paths provide the potential for a wide range of exciting outdoor activities.

Although some subjects, like Maths, are mostly taught as a separate subject, many others are grouped together under the umbrella of a topic. So, for example, pupils will learn important literacy, geographical, historical and artistic skills through learning about the Stone Age in Year 3, dinosaurs in Year 2 and the Mayan Civilisation in Year 5. Visits and events will be organised to inspire the children and to give them a wider perspective. So for example in Years 3,4,5 and 6 all pupils get the opportunity to go on a residential visit where they stay for a night in a Youth Hostel or activity centre. In Year 3 they go to Ravenstor Youth Hostel where they take part in a variety of activities such as making candles and archery.

Topics are many and varied so that during the course of their school career pupils may be pirates, aliens, superheroes, dinosaurs, Romans, Second World War Evacuees or explorers. They will visit places as varied as Sheffield town centre, Whitby, Creswell Crags, Thornbridge and Eden Camp and will take part in many other exciting activities.

We do all we can to provide a curriculum which will inspire a love of learning amongst our pupils so that they will go on to become successful, independent ,self motivated learners in the future.

Class Topic Lists

You can see what each year group is studying this term by clicking on the links below.

Phonics

Phonics is taught on a daily basis throughout Year 1 and Year 2 using the Letters and Sounds programme (which is also used in Foundation Stage).

Spelling: Children take home spellings to practise on a regular basis, to reinforce their learning in phonics lessons at school. Please see our “Spelling Out Progress” for further information.

Handwriting: Handwriting is taught through the ‘Sheffield Structured Handwriting’ scheme, because it is very simple in its rules for letter formation and also develops a fluent, cursive style. As there is a link between progress in handwriting and early spelling skills, there is a strong focus on the teaching of handwriting in Year 1.

Reading: Children work through a graded book band scheme, using a variety of books from different reading schemes. The child’s reading book is sent home daily with their reading record book. Above all else, we would ask parents to listen to their child read on a daily basis and comment in their reading book. Every child reads with their teacher either in “Guided Reading” groups or separately at least once a week. We also appreciate the support of volunteer adults who also read with individual children each week.

Writing: Children are encouraged to write independently from an early age, using their knowledge of phonics and spelling patterns.

Homework

There is a great deal of research evidence suggesting that pupil performance can be improved if parents are aware of how they can support their child's learning at home. Most of you are very willing to help, time permitting, and of course you want the best for your child, but it is not always easy for you to know how best to do this. The year group blogs on this website and our year group 'Welcome Packs' are an important part of this communication with you, sharing what your child is doing in school and how you can help to support them in the main curriculum areas during the year.

Each year we have targeted workshops for parents and pupils. They are designed to help parents who want to support their child with Maths or Literacy at home.

Schools of course have a huge part to play in the rate of a pupil's progress; that’s what we’re here for. However, if we can work in closer partnership with you as parents, involving you more in their learning, we are sure that this will have a really positive impact on individual children's progress.

Maths

Having invested this year in Education City for all pupils from FS2 to Year 6, we are really pleased that most pupils are now using the program at home and are very excited about it.

Please note there is an app: Puffin Academy, which can be used to make Education City accessible on ipads and other tablets

If your child is not able to access Education City at home, please let their class teacher know.

Please find below our Route Through Calculation document, covering FS2 to Year 6.

Route Through Calculation May 15

Time Tables Resources

Times Tables Resources List.pdf

English

There are many aspects to the development of literacy in young children. We would ask you to support your child in exploring which ever topic they are learning about. However, we would like to emphasise that the most important thing you can do as a parent to support your child's progress in Literacy is to read with them and to them daily.

Parental Workshop

Parental Workshop - January 18 - Reading

High Frequency Words Guidance For Parents.pdf

First 100 High Frequency Words.pdf

parents workshop.pdf

Parental Workshop - October 2014

Spelling out progress KS1 parent guide

Spelling out progress KS2 parent guide

Parental Workshop - February 2015

1. Improving Writing - VCOP Parent Guide

2. Improving Vocabulary - Parent Guide

3. Improving Connectives and Sentence Structure - Parent Guide

4. Improving Sentence Openers - ISPACED Parent Guide

5. Improving Punctuation - Parent Guide

6. Supporting Grammar - Parent Guide to Terminology

You can download a copy of our Home School Agreement policy by clicking here.