At Brentfield we recognise that our children will be the champions for tomorrow.
We strive for academic excellence for all and nurture our children to prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of an unknown yet exciting future.
Our curriculum is inclusive and carefully planned to ensure that it is broad and challenging. It ignites curiosity and encourages critical thinking to deepen their understanding. The curriculum provides all children with rich experiences immersing them into their learning, our community and the wider world. Through our curriculum, we instil a sense of belief in our children to enable them to be creators of their own destiny.
The curriculum supports our children to express their thoughts and feelings, giving them the voice that they need to become champions for tomorrow.
We are committed to safeguarding our children, enabling them to become confident, well-rounded individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Our curriculum is driven our whole school BRAVE values.
Our curriculum is based on evidence from cognitive science; three main principles that underpin it are:
- Learning is most effective with spaced repetition.
- Interleaving helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids long-term retention.
- Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.
In addition to this, we believe that sustained mastery takes time. Nothing is sustained until it rests within pupils’ long-term memories. This cannot be assessed in the short term so when assessing, we will ask how well pupils are coping with the curriculum content and how well they are retaining previously taught content. Continuous provision provides retrieval practise for previously learned content.
The curriculum content is subject specific, which some cross-curricular links. There is a whole school overarching theme to each unit.
The impact of our curriculum will be that by the end of each milestone, the vast majority of the pupils will have sustained mastery of the content. That is that they will remember what they have learnt and be fluent in expressing it.
In non-core subjects, teachers will assess impact through the use of ‘do now’ tasks in lessons to recall prior knowledge and assess how well pupils can apply skills and knowledge previously taught.