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 (mapped from the International Primary Curriculum) and curriculum weeks. The IPC topics motivate the children and create enthusiasm for learning. This approach also enables them to become increasingly independent whilst ensuring they develop 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. 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.
A key element of the International Primary Curriculum is the inspiration days. 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 Inspiration Day 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 days a rich starting point for forthcoming work as well as a memorable experience for all children.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
At Belmont, our foundation subjects are taught through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is a thematic and creative curriculum that provides pupils with a clear process of learning to enable them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across the foundation subjects. It promotes and embeds personal learning goals and allows pupils to develop their international mindedness.
Each themed unit is closely tailored to the National Curriculum and allows pupils to become inquisitive learners allowing pupils to form questions based on their IPC units to lead their own learning. Our Inspirational WOW Days are a key element to the IPC and act as a ‘hook’ into each unit, providing pupils have an engaging and rich starting point for forthcoming work as well as a memorable experience for all children.
Units are changed every half term and to provide a consistent approach to learning across the school, units are selected to create a subject focus. A school overview of IPC units and curriculum letters for each year group, detailing the learning content for each half term, are available on the website.
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 curriculum letters sent home (copies of these can also be requested from the school office)
- Parent workshops (autumn term)
- School displays
- Newsletter (weekly)
- Open afternoon (summer term)
- Parent-Teacher Consultation Meetings (Autumn and Spring term)
- Requesting a meeting with the class teacher