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. You can find our progression ladders attached below. 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
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