Children are always at the heart of our curriculum. We believe here at Bowerham Primary and Nursery School that learning should never stop- from the moment a child joins us to the moment they leave, inside the classroom and out in the real world, in formal lessons or with informal groups, as a class or working alone, on the playground or online.
We believe in providing an exciting, challenging and stimulating learning journey that is personalised for every child – our outstanding staff ensure all our children are motivated, engaged and inspired to fulfil their potential by removing barriers to learning and ensuring teaching is rich, diverse and innovative.
We believe all children thrive by learning in a safe and supportive environment – we encourage our children to reflect honestly on their performance, question their next steps and be prepared to take risks in and responsibility for their own learning.
We believe that every moment is a chance to learn and that no moment should be lost – by focusing on our unique ‘Bowerham Family’ we provide countless opportunities to grow and develop the ‘whole’ child; forming a range of relationships across school, celebrating personal achievements and building independence, resilience and self-esteem.
We believe in collaborative learning – that working together with shared interests ignites children’s learning, promotes tolerance and mutual respect, celebrates differences and prepares our children for the challenges of life after primary school.
We believe talent should be nurtured and challenged to grow – we work tirelessly with our local community to create novel and meaningful experiences to stretch our more able children, from succeeding in sports and shining in science to powerful performances in drama and music – ability is cherished and celebrated.
We believe in children.
We believe children should laugh and learn.
We believe children should play and progress.
We believe all children should stand tall, reach high and love learning.
We pride ourselves on a carefully thought-out key skills curriculum that encourage pupils to be curious and interested learners who seek out and use new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, flexible cross curricular planning, informed by the children’s interests and needs ensures that all seven areas of learning and development are planned for. An important emphasis is also placed on fostering children’s characteristics of effective learning – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. Careful evidence gathering through observational assessment alongside dialogue with parents ensures that each child receives a personalised learning journey that supports and extends knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence.
Our school curriculum from years 1 to 6 centres around exciting topic themes. Each topic theme has one or two lead subjects and also involves a number of subject areas from the National Curriculum, which link to the topic. This ensures that the curriculum has breadth and depth with clear progression. We do this through a question and themed approach to learning. The development of a question to answer over the term hooks the children into a topic through a focus on enquiry and enables pupils to guide their own learning through pupil led questioning- what they want to learn. Weekly learning logs and half-termly curriculum reviews ensure that teachers and pupils discuss “how” they want to learn and what they need to do to improve or consolidate. Subsequently, the outcomes of this review are applied in the approach to the curriculum the following half term.
Children are also taught Religious Education, which follows the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus. Some subjects are taught discretely alongside the topics.
At Bowerham we have developed a unique teaching approach that focuses on corrective teaching and mastery through challenge. This ensures ALL the learning needs of our children are addressed. The use of regular mastery checks and effective questioning techniques allows teachers to plan for misconceptions and to provide corrective teaching and interventions; whilst at the same time ensuring children have a deeper understanding of the expected skills through a range of challenges that develop mastery; ‘the same thing but different’. Pupil’s assess themselves through these mastery checks, self-led questioning and challenges and are aware of their achievements and next steps: a key element of developing their independence and resilience.
The “Bowerham Family” is always prominent through our approach to learning. Every term, each year group works collectively towards an outcome that combines and celebrates all of their learning that term. This collective approach enables children to work together and feel part of a larger purpose to learning. It also allows pupils to reflect on their achievements and share these with family or friends: building self-esteem and self-confidence.
We believe that, through our commitment to achievement and personal development, our children have access to an outstanding curriculum that gives our children the best possible learning journey throughout their early years and primary education. Staff work hard to build on the curriculum every year to ensure, in addition to a key skills and challenging curriculum, that our children have access to wide range of opportunities that enrich their learning journey. These enrichment opportunities are assessed and developed every year, to guarantee children have access to trips, visitors, events and opportunities to learn through experiences.
It is testament to our curriculum and teaching that children leave Bowerham having all the skills needed to prepare them for their next stage in learning.
You can find out more about the National Curriculum which we follow at the Department of Education’s website here.