At Buglawton Primary School, we believe that computing is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously and rapidly evolving. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology; and is used as part of our creative curriculum throughout all subjects to encourage the children to work creatively. Computing also ensures that pupils increase their knowledge and develop their skills to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We are lucky to have laptop and iPad trollies, each containing 30, to allow all children in each class access to up to date technology.
All children from EYFS through to Year 6 follow a scheme of work that is in line with the national curriculum and is relevant to the world in which they live. We consciously ensure that both children and parents are up to date with E-Safety. E-Safety is fed into all computing lessons.
The RE curriculum aims to provide children with the knowledge and understanding of several principle religions, namely Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
The school follows the Cheshire Agreed Syllabus which include:
AT 1 Learning about Religion
AT 2 Learning from Religion
The school offers children the opportunity for personal reflection and spiritual development. It considers the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities, and cultures.
As part of our curriculum, we welcome guest visitors into the school to lead religious-themed assemblies to share different cultures and beliefs.
Art and Design
As with all subjects, we ensure a progression in the full range of skills needed by the children and promoting breadth and balance in their work is very important to us.
Children love art, our approach enthuses the children and leads to some really exciting art, craft and design opportunities within the overall topic-based approach. Art, craft and design provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. Enabling children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern- using different materials and processes, the art, craft and design experiences at Buglawton have a positive impact on other areas of the curriculum.
Design and Technology
Our Design and Technology curriculum develops skill, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. It is important to encourage creativity and innovation through design. The children achieve their objectives by exploring the everyday products we use and the world we live in.
In Design and Technology, we acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety.
We have found our D&T skills also support learning across the curriculum with strong links to science, maths and the use of computer control and, naturally, in art!
All classes follow the National Curriculum scheme of work for Music and we ensure a progression of skills from years 1 to 6. Music forms part of all topics and is part of our broad and balanced curriculum.
At Buglawton, Year 4 children receive weekly woodwind lessons from an expert teacher. During this year, the children have the opportunity to learn how to play the clarinet or saxaphone. In additon, during the school day, a number of children have the opportunity for personal music lessons. The instruments currently being taught include: piano, guitar and clarinet. All of these lessons are taught by Music for Life.
Geography and History
We aim for our curriculum to lead children's interests out into the world and for this to be effective the Humanities are important areas of study. In Key Stage 1 and 2 the children experience a range of topics where History and Geography are taught alongside each other. Some topics may have a greater History focus or others may be more Geography focused (please see the Curriculum Plan).
The children in our school are very proud of their topic books and they feature all of their learning in History and Geography. Our Humanities curriculum and topics are also enriched through educational visits and residentials.
Modern Foreign Languages
In September 2014, languages became a compulsory element of the primary curriculum. The teaching of a modern foreign language at Primary level provides pupils with an insight into another culture and lifestyle, a greater understanding of the manipulation of language as well as providing the foundation for continued learning at secondary school. All pupils in KS2 learn French and enjoy learning about the culture of France and its language through songs, games and stories. Years 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to put their language skills to good use during the residential to France.
French Scheme of Work for KS2
Learning another language develops children’s cultural awareness and understanding of the world around them. It extends their knowledge of how language works and helps them to develop communication skills. The twelve aims as set out in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Languages are revisited throughout the four-year scheme across engaging units of work that are based on familiar themes.
Bastille Day - La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day, or the French National Day, is celebrated on July 14th every year in France. It is a day to celebrate and remember the beginning of the French Revolution, following the storming of the Bastille in Paris, which was a fortress and prison representing French Royalty in 1789.
All our pupils have the opportunity to experience this part of French culture when we have a whole school Bastille Day celebration. The day starts with a whole school assembly to learn more about the history of Bastille Day, followed by classroom activities and a French themed school lunch.
On a bi-annual basis, Year 5 and 6 children are invited and encouraged to take part in a one week trip to France. This proves to be is one of our most popular events in the school calendar and a hugely valuable learning experience that builds on the prior learning the pupils have had throughout KS2. At Buglawton, we acknowledge and embrace the importance of outdoor educational learning to the curriculum. More than just a fun ‘school trip away’, the French residential is a key part of our curriculum which creates experiences that enhance pupils’ classroom learning, adding opportunities pupils may not otherwise have. It promotes the importance of allowing children to connect with the outdoor world, and the powerful and inspirational lessons to be learned by experiencing a different culture and language.
Duolingo is an online platform that children and parents can access at home which includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The app and the website are free to use. Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated when learning online but Duolingo is so fun that children will pick up new skills whilst playing a game.