Our curriculum approach
We strive to provide pupils with a broad, balanced, highly challenging, exciting and creative curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to provide every learner with a rich and broad learning experience that is carefully planned to meet the needs of individuals. We balance the importance of learning the core subjects of English (reading and writing) and Maths with the foundation subjects which include Science, Computing, Humanities and the Arts and value the development of pupils' social, emotional and moral skills along with their academic achievements.
A pupil’s learning journey each academic year includes a combination of themed topics and curriculum weeks. The topics selected motivate the children and create an enthusiasm for learning. Each topic is introduced to the children as a 'learning launch' afternoon which provides the pupils with an engaging 'hook' into their new learning. Our curriculum enables pupils to become increasingly independent whilst ensuring they develop and continue to build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding within the National Curriculum.
As a fully inclusive school, teaching is adapated to meet the needs of all learners and to enable them to make progress from their individual starting point. We recognise the importance of widening the experiences presented to children and have well-established links with the wider community. JMF All Stars (sports) and Bird College (music) work collaboratively with the school to provide pupils with rich and amibitious learning opportunities and we offer a wide range of educational visits, residentials (Year 4 and Year 6) and after school clubs which provide pupils with extended learning experiences.
'Learning Launch' Afternoons
A key element of our topic curriculum is our learning launch afternoonss. These are designed to ensure that learners are immediately ‘hooked’ by the new topic and our new-style Curriculum. The whole school takes part in an afternoon with each year group designing and delivering activities linked to their themed topic that creates a powerful stimulus that immediately grabs the learner. We aim to make these afternoons a rich starting point for forthcoming work as well as a memorable experience for all children.
At Belmont, our foundation subject curriculum has been designed to provide pupils with a clear process of learning to enable them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across the foundation subjects. We continue to utilise some elements of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to supplement the teaching of the foundation subjects and to support pupils in developing their international mindedness. Our curriculum is designed thematically.
Each topic allows pupils to build upon prior learning and presents them with the opportunity to consolidate and deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding. Our knowledge organisers are used to share the intended learning outcomes with pupils and parents at the start of a topic of learning and include key vocabulary, diagrams and images to support and enhance the pupils learning experience. The knowledge organisers also provide pupils with the opportunity to revisit and consolidate prior learning as a starting point to a new topic and shares suggested additional home learning ideas with parents and carers. An example of a knowledge organiser can be found here:
Knowledge Organiser example from Year 3:
Knowledge organisers can be found on each year group page for the current term.
How can you find out more about our curriculum?
Parents and carers can find out more about our curriculum learning in their child's class through:
- Half termly knowledge organisers are set home (these can also be viewed on each year group page)
- Parent workshops (autumn term - these have been postponed as a result of the on-going pandemic)
- School displays
- Newsletter (fortnightly)
- Open afternoon (summer term)
- Parent-Teacher Consultation Meetings (Autumn and Spring term)
- Requesting a meeting with the class teacher