Our curriculum is centred around the aims and values of our school and has been deigned to respond to the particular needs of our community - taking into account the knowledge and skills to be taught, as well as the levels of ability of the children, our teachers create exciting, engaging and motivating learning journeys.
Our curriculum goals are:
- To give pupils appropriate experiences to develop as confident, resilient, responsible citizens
- To provide a rich ‘cultural capital’
- To provide a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.
By ensuring that our curriculum and all subsequent learning is based on evidence from cognitive science, we know that:
- learning is most effective with spaced repetition.
- Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.
This approach ensures the lessons planned and delivered by our teaching staff are tailored to the needs and development of all children at Boundary.
Each half-term starts with a 'WOW' - an exciting start to really motivate, engage and challenge the children, allowing them to get a taste of the learning journey to come - and where possible will include a visit and/or visitor at an appropriate point in the half-term. We also have a number whole school 'themed’ days, these give the children in all year groups the opportunity to share an experience or learn a skill together.
All of the Boundary team are committed to creating an engaging, inspiring and purposeful curriculum, which motivates our children and develops them into life-long learners. Teachers present the children’s learning at the end of the half-term in a variety of forms which include: floor-books, year group pages, assemblies and displays.
Outside learning remains a key feature of the curriculum at Boundary. We are developing an allotment garden, outdoor area/access on each classroom, a Year 6 Pod and a wildlife and pond area. Children use these areas to further enhance their learning and teachers skillfully ensure outdoor learning is exciting and meaningful. This area is also soon to be used to deliver Forest School training.
Boundary provides teaching of religious education for all children in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus and provides a daily act of collective worship (parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from this).
School offers lots of computing equipment, custom built children’s kitchen and a large hall for PE. Children also use the ICT and library facilities at the '@thegrange centre’, which is a short distance from our site.
If you require more information about any aspect of our School’s Curriculum, please contact the school office, who will be happy to put you in touch with the appropriate Subject Leader (01253) 287250.
The teaching of phonics is crucial to children’s early reading development. As a school we follow Letters and Sounds as a scheme of work. The Letters and Sounds programme focuses on securing word recognition skills, which are essential for children to decode and encode word accurately.
At Boundary we follow the programme from phase one to phase five. Phase one focuses on promoting speaking and listening, phonological awareness and oral segmenting and blending. Phase two to phase five focus on high quality phonic work to help children develop fluent word reading and spelling skills.
Phonics sessions are taught in a highly structured programme of daily lessons from Nursery to Year One. It is taught in differentiated groups according to the children’s phonological awareness and development. These sessions follow the teaching sequences of ‘ revisit, teach, plan, apply’ where teachers use a variety of interactive teaching methods to support the children’s learning. These include use of the interactive whiteboard, songs, letter rhymes, flash cards, small groups activities, games and whiteboard work.
The children’s progress of phonics knowledge, reading and spelling of words is formally assessed every half term, as well as ia baseline at the beginning of each academic year. Daily assessments during phonics sessions enable our phonics groups to be fluid. These assessments ensure that teachers have a clear understanding of any gaps in knowledge, which can then be addressed within other teaching sessions.
To support the children in the application of phonic knowledge children are provided with home reading books that focus on the sounds they have been working on in school. This provides the children with an opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt at school and be successful in reading at home.
Throughout the year, the children have many opportunities to extend their learning.
- A variety of sports activities
- Schools alive (dance, singing and drama)
- Art and design
- Board games
Before and After-school Club
For a small charge, our before and after school clubs offers a range of opportunities to further our children’s learning. Activities include; Art & Design, ICT, Drama, Team-Building Games, Cooking, Baking & Sports. The children are given the opportunity to complete their homework and read with an adult.
Boundary Learning Together (Homework)
At Boundary, homework is called 'Boundary Learning Together' as we believe that learning should not end when children leave the classroom and that it is a collaborative process between the school, the child and their family. Therefore, BLT is project based alongside weekly spellings and times-tables practice. For further information, please speak to your child's Teacher.