Our Belle Vue Curriculum
Conceptual understanding is the root of our curriculum.
Children will learn about key concepts in each subject and over time, children will add to their conceptual understanding by exploring many examples of the concepts in a wide variety of contexts.
Our curriculum will arm our children with powerful knowledge about the world around them and help them to develop a love for each subject as well as enabling them to recognise their own role in our community, society and the world.
The National Curriculum in England (2014) states:
"Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum."
Belle Vue is currently on a journey to transform the curriculum that our children experience. Whilst we recognise that we are not the finished article we are clear on the direction of our curriculum and the outcomes we want for our children.
Our vision is rooted in the saying "From Mighty Oaks, Little Acorns Grow" and summarised in our motto - Establish, Nurture, Grow. We want our children to establish firm roots, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be positive, contributing, members of our global society.
The issues facing our community:
- There is a lack of cultural diversity in the Belle Vue community which means that some of our children do not have an understanding of different cultures, beliefs and traditions.
- Some children lack independence, have low aspiration and some are over reliant on adult support. As a result, children find it difficult to take risks, find failure hard to deal with and can be passive in their learning.
- Children's use of vocabulary is limited, this prevents children from communicating in the most effective ways. In addition, there is a change in demographics to the local areas which is resulting in some children entering school with speech and language difficulties - with a perceivable language deficit.
How does our curriculum intend to address these issues:
Key curriculum drivers of diversity, aspiration and communication underpin and thread through our curriculum so that our curriculum:
- Gives pupils appropriate experiences and content through curriculum breadth, to develop as confident, responsible and respectful global citizens; (Diversity)
- Provides a rich "cultural capital" underpinned by "powerful knowledge" thus giving them the tools they need to achieve their potential; (Aspiration)
- Provides a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that enables children to communicate with confidence through a range of mediums. (Communication)
What will success look like?
Our children will demonstrate:
Understanding: Belle Vue children will recognise the importance of community and culture, whether that be local, national or global. They will respect, understand and appreciate differences. They will be bold in challenging stereotypes, injustice and play their part in celebrating the diversity that our world offers.
Fluency: Belle Vue children will become increasingly articulate in expressing themselves. They will communicate fluently in a variety of situations using vocabulary, both appropriate and ambitious. They will have good emotional intelligence of when to listen and when to respond.
Possibilities: Belle Vue children will have the ambition, drive and resilience to make a real difference. They will be critical thinkers with enquiring minds who are not afraid to take a calculated risk. They will use a variety of strategies to overcome barriers; independently and collaboratively striving to be the best they can be.
Wellbeing: Belle Vue children will have the skills to manage their physical and mental health. They will be equipped to deal with the ups and downs of life knowing how to seek help should they need to. To recognise when they need help and how to seek it. To attune to other around them and show them empathy.
Initiative: Belle Vue children will be encouraged to embrace all opportunities that life presents. They will be inspired by the best that world has to offer via a broad and deep curriculum. They will aspire to great things and be filled with confidence to enter a world full of possibilities.
Please note that we are currently updating all of the curriculum pages on the school website and so some subjects may contain more detailed information than others. If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact school and arrange to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Subject Overviews and Progression Skills
Here at Belle Vue, we use the Charanga scheme to teach music from EYFS to Y6. In response to the DfE Model Music Curriculum published in 2021, Charanga are currently updating their scheme of work. This has not been fully published at the time of writing (January 2022) and so the full curriculum documentation will be available in due course.
In order to supplement the Charanga curriculum, we also ensure that pupils learn about a number of significant pieces of music during their time at Belle Vue.
Please note that our PE curriculum uses the GETSET4PE scheme. This allows us to ensure coverage and progression of skills.
Our Design Technology curriculum is based on the planning provided by the Design and Technology Association. We use their projects on a page resources to form the basis of our DT curriculum. Pupils take part in designing, making and evaluating a range of different projects and learn about some of the great engineers of the past. Projects involve making mechanisms such as levers, learning to sew and food technology where pupils learn to bake bread and scones amongst other things.