The aims of our curriculum are:
- To ensure that pupils make accelerated progress, making them well prepared for the next step of their education
- To provide a flexible, inspiring approach to learning
- To help children be self-motivated learners who are able to apply their skills to a range of learning experience including solving problems, investigating and exploring
- To provide a range of exciting learning experiences which help children to question their world
- To make connections across different subjects, enhancing children’s understanding and creating lifelong learners
- To develop an understanding of how to use technology to discover more
We teach English and maths as separate curriculum subjects – including phonics, spelling, grammar, times tables, reading, writing, calculation and using and applying maths.
Alongside English and maths (except for in Reception class, who have their own bespoke curriculum), we teach through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC approach to learning and teaching draws together many previously standalone National Curriculum subjects (geography, history, art, ICT, design & technology and music). At Brookwood, we also include Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education within our topic learning wherever appropriate.
The IPC topics develop skills set out in the National Curriculum through posing key questions which encourage children to research, investigate and experiment to find the answers, thereby deepening knowledge. This approach encourages connection to be made across subject areas and within areas of learning to enhance children’s ability to make sense of the world.
Keeping children safe online is taken very seriously at Brookwood. We believe that children should be educated to help them make the right choices about their online safety and become responsible users of technology. We have age-appropriate filters on all school systems, but recognise that these are not necessarily in place on all devices they have access to outside school. Children are asked to sign a form to say that they will comply with the school rules on the use of the Internet and e-mail. We also teach e-safety throughout the academic year to ensure all children are up to date on how to stay safe when using the internet.