Our Curriculum

Learning at Brunel 

Brunel is known for its welcome, friendly and purposeful atmosphere. We take great care to provide a happy, safe environment where children feel secure to play, explore, experiment, develop confidence and curiosity, and learn.

Brunel provides the full range of two year old, nursery and primary education, and before and after school Kids Club, all on one secure site. Most of the children who join us at age two, three or four stay with us until they leave for the secondary school at age eleven.

We are situated on a quiet site, away from busy roads, yet conveniently close to Saltash Health Centre, Library and Leisure Centre and adjacent to Saltash Children’s Centre, all of which we visit as part of our curriculum. 

We have an extensive site and the children are very fortunate in being able to work both inside and outside in such varied and attractive surroundings. We have four large playgrounds surrounded by trees and shrubs, and the school has its own vegetable plots, chickens, fixed play equipment, separate EYFS outdoor play areas,  gardens and large playing field.

Brunel has strong links with the community, taking part in many local events and welcoming visitors in to school. We are always looking for ways to enhance the learning experiences we offer the children.

Each term, teachers use their knowledge of their children's learning needs and interests to choose an enquiry-based question from which to plan their work. The children then take control of the enquiry through their further questions. This is guided by the national curriculum objectives that need to be met and the Bridge Schools skills progression ladders.

The progression ladders form the basis of our coverage of objectives and allow teachers to monitor and ensure a broad, rich content that builds progressively year on year. Once the children have generated the further questions which will shape the enquiry, teachers use the ladders to guide their planning. Pupils' ongoing progress is recorded alongside these ladders and passed on to the next class teacher at the end of the summer term. 

Pupil’s self-assessment through referring to the learning journey adds another dimension to the learning. They are asked the enquiry question before the topic begins and again at the end to show the extent of their understanding and learning.

Visitors and trips enhance the curriculum and are used to provide first hand experiences which help support real life outcomes.

Children will feedback on their Learning Journeys to staff, guardians and Governors; ensuring that they are key drivers for improvement.

Leaders review the curriculum regularly using pupil’s work, progression ladders and pupil conferencing to ensure it remains language rich, diverse and develops the whole child

Phonics 

We teach phonics using  Read Write inc. Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
This is followed in Key Stage 2 by regular RWI spelling lessons . 
Spelling lists are given to pupils in years 1 - 6 every half term. 

 

Reading 

In the EYFS and KS1 pupils follow the RWI reading scheme which is exactly matched to their phonics ability. 
Pupils are encouraged to read daily in school and out of school.
In school all pupils are taught the skills of reading using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summarise/Sequence).
Classes engage in regular guided reading sessions where pupils work in small groups with an adult to read texts together and engage in discussions and activities about the text.
Pupils are rewarded for engaging in reading using our  book trail.
We have a library in each building that pupils can access to explore and enjoy books. Most importantly - we want pupils to enjoy reading.
We are fortunate to be a member of Cornwall library Service which gives us access to thousands of books to supplement of curriculum. 

Writing  

We use Babcock planning and assessment to guide our sequence of learning.
We believe it is important for pupils to have something engaging to write about and to have a purpose; therefore we try to use the wider curriculum as our stimuli for writing. We teach SPAG as part of every lesson to build children's understanding of grammar and punctuation.
We continue to develop pupils' writing style and speed through regular handwriting sessions. 

Maths 

We use White Rose to structure the sequence of mathematics teaching. We all start the year by looking at Place Value as this is fundamental to the skills for calculation. We block our planning to build skills and knowledge. We plan mathematics to help pupils to master the skills. We achieve this by building through fluency activities to reasoning and problem solving. We give pupils some control of their learning by selecting their starting point and giving all pupil's the opportunity to access the higher level work. To compliment our maths curriculum we use 99 Club. We run this weekly to develop number bonds, times table facts and mental arithmetic. All pupils in year 1 - 6 have 10 minutes to complete their activity. If they make no mistakes they move to the next club. Alongside the maths lesson pupils also have specific time to work on times tables as the recall of these facts has a huge impact on their wider maths work. 

Wider Curriculum 

We use skills progression ladders, which we have developed with the support of the Bridge Academy Trust. These ladders were developed by exploring successful curriculums, carrying out research and trialling ideas across the school and Trust. The ladders show how skills and knowledge progress and develop over the years at Primary School. 

We start our learning with a question to engage pupils and give them a purpose for their learning. This then gives pupils the opportunity to devise their own questions to direct our learning. 

We plan our questions to be relevant, current and engaging. We also try to ensure a balance of local knowledge and broader knowledge. 



Documents

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Sport at Brunel.pdf
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Our Values...

Curiosity

Curious

We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.

Creativity

Creative

We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.

Excellence

Excellent

We are the best we can be.

Integrity

Responsible

We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.

Determination

Determined

We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiastic

We are passionate about learning.

We are very pleased to be welcoming children back to Brunel from Monday 7th September.
Please visit the Head's blog for timings and entrances.


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