Curriculum Rationale

Curriculum Statement 2019/20

Brackensdale ER Primary School aims to provide a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that enables our children to become confident, responsible and independent learners. Through our curriculum, we aim to develop children's caring, creative and critical thinking skills through an ethos of inquistiveness, enquiry and enterprise with high quality relationships, caring attitudes and a sense of fairness. We value the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, staff, families and community, celebrating this at every opportunity. Underpinning all that we do is our school's inclusive TOGETHER ethos and our 6R's (Respectful, Reflective, Resilient, Resourceful, Risk-taking and Relationships). These are carefully developed through our assemblies and curriculum topics.

The curriculum is designed with the children’s interests at the centre to provide memorable experiences, creative opportunities and time to embed skills across the curriculum. It is topic-based and each starts with an activity to engage interest and curiosity. Topic webs, expectations and ideas for learning at home are shared with parents and carers to strengthen the partnership between home and school. The curriculum is designed to allow time for development of skills, acquisition of knowledge, creative thinking and problem solving leading to deeper learning that can be applied in different contexts. The basic foundamentals of this is a drive to enrich vocabulary, develop communication and further improve listening skills. At the end of each topic, children, parents and carers are encouraged to reflect, celebrate and value all our successes.

This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone at Brackensdale, teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world. 

The underpinning principles of our curriculum are to:

  • Inspire excellence and aspiration, through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments;
  • Develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life;
  • Ensure equal, inclusive rights of access of each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability (physical or mental), gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds;
  • Consolidate the British Values of democracy, liberty, respect, tolerance and the rule of law. 


See our website for curriculum coverage

If you go to the PARENTS pencil on the website you will see what your child is studying in their respective year group and please feel free to contact the following members of staff if you want any further information.

Nursery and Foundation stage – Mrs P. Chapman

KS1 – Mrs S Mills

KS2- Mr B Radbourne

Ark- Mrs A Bell

Phoenix- Mrs N Neale

See the link below for more information about the Cornerstones Curriculum.