Curriculum

At Staple Hill Primary School, our purpose for our curriculum is embodied in our school aims:

  • We strive to provide opportunities for every child to learn in a variety of ways that inspire and motivate them.
  • Teachers plan a wide ranging curriculum focused on engaging pupils in learning that sparks children’s imagination, creativity and curiosity.
  • We want our children to take risks in their learning and challenge themselves.
  • We provide a cross-curricular topic approach to learning in addition to discrete subject teaching in order to cover the new curriculum framework.
  • We base our curriculum on a foundation of skills, knowledge and an understanding of the local area.
  • We exploit community links and partnerships with local organisations and enrich learning with purposeful educational trips.

Curriculum Enrichment

To enrich the curriculum and provide the pupils with opportunities to have different experiences a variety of school trips are planned. Some school trips have included visits to:

  • Avon Valley Country Park
  • Big Pit
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Bristol Zoo
  • Willsbridge Mill
  • Caerleon
  • Bristol Museum
  • Y6 residential trip

 

Our Curriculum

Since September 2014, we have been teaching our core and foundation subjects as directed by ‘The national curriculum in England Framework document’ [July 2013] and will continue to weave these subjects into our creative curriculum. Most of our foundation subjects are taught through cross-curricular topics. Some key skills, knowledge and understanding are taught discretely where they do not fit into a topic.

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Art & Design and Design Technology:  Find out More

Music: Find out More

Geography: Our children learn about people, places and physical processes through topics such as ‘Through my Window [KS 1], ‘Staple Hill and Me’ [LKS2] and ‘Building Brunel’s Bristol’ [UKS2]. They study their local area and learn key geographical skills and vocabulary to describe their observations of the world around them. They consider environmental issues and consider the impact change has on their local area and other places.

History: Children learn about significant people and events from the past, in Britain and the wider world. Historical enquiry and research is used to support children in the investigation and study of events and people in the past. They learn to place events and people on a timeline considering chronology and the impact of change over time. They learn to ask questions and find answers through research, handling artefacts and investigating their recent past. We often look to the community to support our teaching and learning across the school. Topics include ‘Flash! Bang!’ [KS 1 which includes a study of ‘The Great Fire of London’], ‘Yabadabadoo’ [LKS2 focusing on the Stone Age] and ‘Building Brunel’s Bristol’ [UKS2 focusing on the achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel].

We promote every aspect of Physical Education and enjoy taking part in inter- and intra-sports’ tournaments. We enter the MAD Olympiad every year and compete in Tag Rugby, Tennis and Athletics competitions. We regularly invite outside agencies to run sports and games activities including Tag Rugby, Multi-Sports, Agility challenges and more. We currently offer a trained sports coach leading PPA sports once a week with an additional lunchtime sports’ club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. We run Playrangers sessions over Friday afternoons and after-school to support children’s play development. We follow the Val Sabin units of work and ensure we offer children an opportunity to:

  • master movements and skills that allow them to take part in a range of activities
  • participate in team games and develop tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges
  • improve their swimming skills throughout their time in KS2

Foreign Languages: In KS2, we study French and offer children the opportunity to:

  • listen attentively and show understanding by joining in conversations
  • learn songs and rhymes
  • speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar
  • read carefully and show understanding
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development [SMSC]

We promote SMSC throughout the school in a number of ways. We teach SMSC themes through the R.E., PSHE and P4C curriculum, as part of cross-curricular units and in discrete lessons. We learn about a range of faith festivals throughout the year including Harvest, Easter, Christmas, Eid, Diwali, Hanukah and Chinese New Year to name but a few. We visit places of worship from different faiths e.g. church and mosque. Assemblies cover a wide range of moral, philosophical, faith, social, emotional, environmental and cultural issues, as well as marking specific dates such as Remembrance Day, Black History Month, Earth Day. We also raise awareness of a range of charities and take part in a wide range of fundraising activities each year. We foster pride in our cultural identities by including home languages in class and corridor displays and through our Language of the Term programme. Every day, at our school, we promote positive moral values through our interactions with children and in our responses, both positive and corrective to their behaviour and social interactions. As part of our pastoral programme and in tune with the school’s stated values, we work very hard, in partnership with parents and carers to develop high self-esteem, positive behaviour and a keen sense of mutual respect in our pupils.

Life-skills and preparing for the world of work

Children are encouraged to be punctual in their attendance, to take pride in their appearance, to have good manners and to work hard in lessons. We encourage awareness of money matters through the maths curriculum and teach business skills through cross-curricular Enterprise units which are used to raise funds for class resources. In Year 6, we send pupils on a Lifeskills training day where they learn about how to deal safely with real-life hazardous situations.

British Values

We are keen to give children a sense of what it means to be British, for them to have a sense of themselves as active members of their local community and to be aware of how this community is a part of Bristol, the United Kingdom and the wider global community. In promoting an awareness of British Values, we use the curriculum, daily class community activities, and whole school pupil-involvement initiatives to help the children learn about Democracy, The Rule of Law, Liberty, Respect, Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and a general ‘Awareness of What it Means to be British’ (see British Values for more information).