Curriculum

The Bridge Primary Centre Curriculum Overview

At The Bridge Primary Centre, we offer a broad, balanced and flexible academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to all our learners so as to ensure that every child feels fully included in all aspects of our school life. The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organize in order to promote learning and personal growth and development.  It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organizes in order to enrich the experience of the students.  It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the students learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.  We have the highest expectations of all our students.  We plan our curriculum and each lesson to extend our student’s knowledge and experience of a variety of subjects, other cultures, languages and different celebrations.  We ensure that our curriculum reflects the need for future economical outcomes for our students and the diversity of our society – not just one group. We encourage our students to explore the differences and diversity of people in a positive way and we actively seek to combat all forms of discrimination.

Our aim is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where our students can all become successful learners.  Each student’s individual needs are addressed through differentiated access to the Primary curriculum.  We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

Students have English and maths lessons daily and all other subject areas are taught through a half termly theme or topic. In KS1 phonics is taught using Read Write Inc.  Students are encouraged to develop independence and motivation in a secure environment where they can also develop skills in:

ICT, problem solving and thinking

Social and behavioural

Personal and emotional

Academic curriculum including Science, Art, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, PE an

 

KS3 Curriculum Statement

Context:                                                                                                                                                                                             ‘We believe that every child matters. All our students are equal and valued and regardless of circumstance or background, they are entitled to personalised learning opportunities, which enable them to succeed as individuals and members of society’.

The Key Stage 3 Centre is a vibrant place to learn and work. We have an intake of students from both Special Education, for whom most have an EHCP and the more traditional intake of students who are excluded from school. Our KS3 Curriculum is linked to statutory guidance based on providing a ‘Broad and Balanced Curriculum’ and we provide the appropriate Programmes of Study to allow for smooth transition and progression at KS4 especially in the core subjects.

We have an excellent teaching staff that deliver high quality lessons and a support team that provide excellent guidance for our youngsters on a day to day basis.

Our Aim

Our aim is to ‘hook’ students in to learning by providing a curriculum that engages our students, often where a more practical approach will allow, but then also by providing enrichment and enhancement in the form of a range of events, activities and trips that promote core values involved in the development of SMSC and good all round individual development.

We believe that each and every one of our young people, have the right to learn in a safe and supportive environment, where there is a focus on individual need and support. We have high expectations for our students in terms of making progress, both in their learning and in making marked improvements in their behaviour and social and emotional development.

Our Curriculum

The KS3 curriculum has as its core, a focus on providing the appropriate knowledge skills and levels of understanding necessary for a successful transition into the world of KS4, exams and preparation for working life.
There is a focus on the core subjects of English Science and Maths alongside a programme of study in the foundation subjects that contributes towards the development of a well-rounded and fully prepared young person for the demands of the challenges at KS4 and of becoming a citizen in the 21st century.
Our foundation curriculum has a practical bias with PE, Creative Technology, Art and Drama (year 7 and 8) providing the back bone of the curriculum alongside a key focus in life skills, PSHE and Citizenship that fully prepares our students for a smooth transition.
Our ‘Hidden Curriculum’ is one that focuses on individual student development that includes appropriate 1-1 support where appropriate, curriculum enrichment in the form of our many trips that enhance student learning and our curriculum enhancement that includes tailored individual programmes in 1-1 art, music, PE and cooking sessions.

Nurture Group

A nurture group is set up for year 7 and year 8.

‘The overarching aim for the Nurture Group at KS3 is to provide our more vulnerable and in some cases our less able students with an environment at the start of the day, where they can feel safe and supported for the rigours of the day ahead and indeed for the challenges as they move through year 7 and year 8.

It provides an environment where students learn key elements of the curriculum together, alongside the development of social and emotional skills which support their smooth transition at the Centre. A key feature for the group is the ongoing monitoring of both academic and personal needs, which may trigger additional support and inform future planning for lessons.d Computing.

Key Stage 4

Our Curriculum will operate with two main pathways at Year 11:

Pathway 1:

7 GCSE offer delivered by WPES staff which would consist of the following:

Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science.

There will also be 4 options blocks delivered by WPES staff which could include Art, Photography, Film Studies, Business studies, Statistics and PE. Students may opt for Core Extra subjects within the option blocks if they have fallen behind in a core subject and need extra support.

Students also follow a programme of additional compulsory subjects consisting of PSCHE & Work skills which may lead to an Award.

Pathway 2:

5 GCSE offer delivered by WPES Staff which would include the Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science. There would be an option block again delivered by WPES Staff. Accredited Vocational courses will be commissioned from and delivered by West Thames College (WTC).

Students also follow a programme of additional compulsory subjects consisting of PSCHE & Work skills which may lead to an Award

Both pathways will ensure pupils gain accreditation and we can continue to maintain our high percentage of students who continue in Education, Employment or Training.

Year 10:

All Year 10 classes will be offered Vocational Options covering Construction, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Catering from the WTC timetable, this will enable them to experience a variety of potential careers. All Year 10s would additionally have the structured curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Business, PE, Drama, PSCHE, Work skills and Art which are delivered by WPES staff.

In addition we would also continue to operate an Intervention Provision. We will:

  1. Provide all pupils, support for social and emotional well-being and becoming positive citizens who are able to play a role in the wider community, (this will include EP support, liaison with social care, liaison with police, counselling, mentoring, and Careers advice (for year 11’s).
  2. 2. Provide literacy and numeracy support as a vital aspect of our work in supporting all pupils being able to access the curriculum.

CATE Curriculum

The CATE Centre takes a holistic and nurturing approach for pupils who, due to mental health and medical issues, are unable to access mainstream education. Pupils have access to full time provision incorporating flexible and personalised programmes of study where appropriate.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum includes the core subjects English, Maths & Science. Pupils also have the opportunity to study Geography, Art, Drama, PE, History, PSCHE and Food Technology.

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum includes preparation and study towards GCSE exams and other qualifications. We offer GCSES in the core subjects English, Maths & Science. Students can also choose 4 option subjects including Art, Citizenship, PE, Religious Studies, Geography, Statistics, Drama and Food Technology.

CATE Sixth Form offers a new innovative provision for young people who need support to re-engage with education following a period of ill health. Currently the Sixth Form academic pathway offers core GCSES in English and Maths, and up to 4 option subjects selected from Science, Citizenship, Art, Religious Studies, Geography, PE and Drama. Our Prince’s Trust Pathway focuses on developing interpersonal skills and confidence in learning.

Y11 and the Sixth Form students have 1:1 sessions with a careers advisor, as well as opportunities to complete a work experience placement. We also offer English & Maths at Functional Skills level, and the AQA Unit Award Scheme.

An additional enrichment and social skills curriculum offers all students the chance to develop their resilience and emotional literacy.