Learning with Berkley School
Berkley School have provided details below about the School Curriculum and our chosen Topics.
Within the details are some links for tips of how you as parents can help your child. Scroll through this page to find them and the subject tab links.
Please also check out the Kids Zone area on the web site under For Pupils where there will be lots of useful APPS to use with your children.
In our Church school and with the love of God we care, enjoy, celebrate, aspire and learn together
Berkley C of E First School is dedicated to being a place where each child enjoys attending, each member of staff enjoys working and each parent feels justly proud of the school’s achievements. The expression ‘Each child is my child’ summarises the school’s approach: We want each child to be cherished, supported, listened to, challenged, stimulated and indeed corrected, as we would want for our own offspring.
Termly curriculum maps are linked providing details of the Topic your child is working on, how that links to each subject and how you can support your child at home. Please take the time to look, our partnership will make a difference.
Our curriculum is innovative, creative and dynamic and is taught through our whole school themes. We plan collaboratively as a staff team and share ideas, resources and skills in order to provide the very best learning experience for all children. If you would like to research the curriculum further, please read this helpful guide.
‘An exciting and enriching curriculum which inspires pupils to give of their best Contributes to the excellent attainment and progress made by all groups of learners.’ SIAMS 2016
Your child will study:
English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Religious Education, Foreign Language and a number of cross-curricular topics. These include subjects such as Personal and Social Education, as well as the Social Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects of learning.
One of the key parts of our curriculum are the WOW days that we provide as a focus at different points within the topic. These are experiences we feel enhance the children’s learning and give them new, exciting and sometimes challenging experiences in order to further their learning. We try to start each topic with a WOW day to enthuse and contextualise the topic and provide a basis on which to build learning. We intersperse other WOW days throughout the time frame of the topic and try to conclude with a WOW day to celebrate learning. These experiences vary. They may include dressing up days, welcoming visitors into school, or trips to different places. We often run WOW days involving whole-school learning where the children work in mixed age groups and we run workshops across the school that all children participate in. These often involve collaborative learning projects. During the topic we also try to offer parents a chance to visit and see some of the learning that has taken place.
Above all our WOW days are always fun!
CLICK ON THE BUTTONS BELOW FOR SPECIFIC SUBJECT INFORMATION
Teachers keep careful records which ensure that children have a progression through the school. A strong partnership with parents is essential and regular contact enables everyone to share and celebrate in the progress of each individual child. Ingredients of an outstanding lesson
Our curriculum is taught through topics. We plan these across the whole school where possible. We believe that topic-based learning allows individual subjects to become more meaningful. Most subjects do not lie in isolation, rather they enhance and underpin each other. This brings coherence to the children’s learning. Topics tend to have a main driver of either a Science or Humanities focus. There are however times when subjects are taught discretely.
Topic Information and how you can help your child at home.
School Workshops HeldGrammar Presentation workshop Phonics workshop 2017 Maths Workshop 2017
A small amount of homework is given in each class to consolidate or extend learning. This varies from class to class but usually includes reading, spelling, maths activities and games as well as mini-projects related to our themes. Please see Homework progression table 2017
We have carried out a homework survey with the pupils see below.
E-SafetyE-Safety - Guide for Parental Controls (much more information under key information, E-safety)
Marking - Marking Policy
SPECIAL EDUCATION (see SEND Local Offer)
Many children experience some difficulty in learning during their school career. Some problems are easily identified and dealt with by the class teacher. Sometimes it may be necessary to give a child particular help through a specific learning programme.
The school aims to give special help to children with specific or general learning difficulties. The work set will match individual pupil's needs and abilities. A member of our teaching staff who takes responsibility for special needs education throughout the school, guides our Special Needs Learning Support Assistant in the implementation of programmes. Children with particularly severe learning or behavioural difficulties may, with their parents' consent, be referred to the Educational Psychologist. We also try to give extra challenge to children who are particularly able.
Our aims above are achieved by:
- Planning for the future by producing a School Development Plan.
- Appropriate and individually tailored Professional Development opportunities for all members of staff
- Establishing, in all curriculum areas, clear, well defined policies to support teachers. Within each
policy, provision for reviewing and evaluating exists.
- Formulating in non-curriculum areas clear, well defined policies for all to work towards. Each policy allows for reviewing and evaluating procedures. Such non-curricular areas might range from a behaviour management policy to dinner time procedures to an admissions policy.
- Developing guidelines to support our policies.
- Co-operating with agencies outside school, e.g. schools service advisers, curriculum support services and national organisations.