As a school, we deliver a broad, balanced, creative curriculum which reflects our Christian school ethos. We value every child as an individual and we understand that children learn in different ways. Our curriculum is planned to enable all children to learn.
As a school community, we understand that Every day is for Learning, Every Child is Special and Every Child will achieve.
At our school we follow two curriculums.
The National Curriculum for Key Stage One in Year 2 and Year 1. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception, Pre-School and the Nursery classes. The curriculums we follow can be found at;
Please see the individual Year group pages for the curriculum overviews for the year.
Mrs Archer leads Forest School Sessions for children in Reception and Key Stage One. Mrs Derrick takes the children in Pre-School/Nursery for outdoor learning sessions. The sessions are held on a rolling programme in blocks and take place in the small wooded area and field within the school grounds. On occasions a session may take place behind the school in a public wooded area and also at Mr Campbell's field.
Forest School is an approach to educating children in the outdoor environment on a regular basis
The activities support the main curriculum (particularly literacy, science, maths and the arts) and have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self-esteem and independence.
An integral part of Forest School is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers. With the exception of very high winds and thunder storms, please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Forest School, even if it is for a shortened session.
To help achieve this, we ask you to ensure that your child is sent to school with weather appropriate clothing and footwear to change into. We recommend that the children wear long trousers to minimise stings and scratches but please bear in mind your child is likely to get dirty! We reserve the right to exclude anyone who we feel is inappropriately dressed.
The PTFA raised funds to provide the school with waterproof coats and trousers for children to wear during the Forest School sessions.
If you have any questions about Forest School Mrs Archer will be very happy to chat with you.
Mrs Archer holds Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification and Forest School First Aid.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- equal, unique and valuable
- competent to explore and discover
- entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- entitled to choose and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- entitled to experience regular success
- entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
As a school we believe it is important that all children engage in regular exercise. This is not only benefits their physical development but also supports their mental wellbeing.
We are fortunate to employ Sports Stars to deliver our PE sessions in the main school.
Coach Ben and Coach Josh from Sports Stars are an integral part of the school staff. They deliver high quality PE lessons in a fun and engaging way for children of all abilities. The also organise a range of opportunities for the children to compete against other local schools.
All coaches are DBS checked, first aid qualified and hold nationally recognised sports qualifications.
Year 2 will have the opportunity to swim at the pool at St. Catherine's School, these sessions are led by Mrs Nina Deal and staff from St. Catherine's and supervised by school staff.
Religious Education in Church Schools is a subject of excellence through which we can express our distinctive Christian ethos. It allows a deep spiritual engagement with others which leads to greater understanding of the Christian Values which underpin the curriculum.
Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core subject nor a foundation subject but the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’
Bramley Infant and Nursery School is a Voluntary Aided School therefore we deliver RE in line with the Guildford Diocesan Guidelines, alongside the ideas from Understanding Christianity.
The school piloted the new RE guidelines for September 2015 this year. The children at Bramley Infant School enjoy their learning in RE and the teachers ensure that the learning experiences are creative, thought provoking and inspiring. We are proud of the achievements of the children in RE and the school enjoys celebrating their successes through different productions and assemblies.
Below are statements from the Diocese about the guidelines.
The overviews aim to ensure continuity and progression across the Primary phase, and to adequately prepare pupils for the Secondary phase. The new units to some degree mirror the core structure of the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for RE whilst maintaining the distinctively Christian elements. This helps to adequately prepare pupils for their next school and aid the process of transition.
There are 9 compulsory units for all Foundation Stage pupils. These are short units that build on implicit RE experiences.
The three core concepts around which the Foundation Stage units of study are based are central to gaining an understanding of religion in its widest sense. The concepts apply to both human experience, which is the starting point for RE in Foundation Stage, and to the world of religion. It is the recommendation that the learning in RE should start from the child’s own experience (implicit RE) and lead children progressively to the Diocesan units of work, which focus more on Explicit RE. The three core concepts are specialness, celebration and Belonging and Community.
There are 14 compulsory units for Christianity (not less than 80% of RE time should be spent on Christianity) and 3 units focussing on other faiths (not more than 20% of RE time should be spent on studying other faiths). Each year group has specific units related to Jesus, Church, Bible, Christmas and Easter in order to ensure progression.
There are displays throughout the school that celebrate the children’s learning – in addition, there are displays of work from Reception, Year One and Year Two in the main hall to show an aspect of RE to the wider community.
In both key stages we develop the theological concepts of Creation, Incarnation, Salvation and Trinity.
Religious Education enables children: To learn about religions by:
- gaining a secure knowledge and understanding of the beliefs, practices and history of Christianity, starting from an Anglican perspective
- beginning to explore other faiths and perspectives
to learn from religion by developing the ability to:
- express curiosity about fundamental questions of life
- understand and use religious language
- reflect on belief, practice, values and tradition in order to understand their influence on the individual, on community life and on culture and to include spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of life)
- understand that for some questions there are no right or wrong answers
- make informed responses to religious and moral issues
- identify the relationship between religious beliefs, human responsibility, global issues and the natural world
Religious Education contributes to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by helping them to develop:
- their own beliefs, values and sense of self-worth
- respect for other people’s faith and viewpoint
- appreciation of their own and others’ contributions to society and the world
- a sense of responsibility for themselves and others (Values Education)
- culture through the use of art, music and drama
- We aim to build on the children’s knowledge, tolerance and understanding of their own and other religions.
- We foster a community that respects similarities and differences
- We aim to create successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve, confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Through the study of religions, we:
Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, form the local to the global.
Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in the United Kingdom.
Develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs.
Use these skills to understand the way people of faith behave and to explore our own spirituality.
- Develop the following skills using drama, art, music, dance and stories:
- Analysis and Evaluation
Inclusion Governors and staff appreciate the difference in people’s cultural and religious backgrounds and these are taken into account when planning learning opportunities and choosing resource materials. An awareness of stereotypical gender images or views are also considered. The requirements of children having a special need are also considered.
The National Curriculum and Guildelines for Religious Education 2014
Bramley Infant School follows the Guildford Diocesan Board of Education Guidelines and the additional supplementary units. These provide detailed guidelines and ensure continuity and progression in the teaching of Religious Education. Children in reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, but are introduced to aspects of Religious Education through topics.
Differentiation and Classroom Management
The teaching of Religious Education provides opportunities for:
- whole school – across school grouping ( mixed groups, age, ability, interest)
- direct, interactive, whole class and group teaching
- independent, group work, paired and individual work
Children engage in:
- first hand experiences
- investigations, analysing and empathising
Whenever and wherever possible, children’s learning is creative and imaginative and includes role play, drama, poetry, art and music. All these approaches are used as stimuli or as a means of enabling children to express their understanding and beliefs. Children are encouraged to answer and ask difficult questions in order to develop their spiritual understanding. Religious Education is not always taught in isolation but linked to topics and other areas of the curriculum. There are two attainment targets in Religious Education and these are reflected in the learning opportunities provided for the children. They include:
- learning about religion – knowledge and understanding
- learning from religion – explore, reflection and respond to religious beliefs, values and experiences More able children are provided with opportunities to extend their thinking and broaden their experience. They are encouraged to express their thinking through oral and written language, although oral communication is more important since it is less inhibiting for those who may struggle with their writing.
All children are included in Religious Education unless their parents have completed a written request for their child to be withdrawn because of conflicting religious beliefs.
- Develop the following skills using drama, art, music, dance and stories:
- Analysis and Evaluation
The RE coordinator and Head teacher audit, review and order new resources as required.
Collective Worship focuses on ‘Our Values’ and vision.
- Children develop knowledge, tolerance and understanding of their own and other religions.
- The school culture fosters a community that respects similarities and differences
- Children are successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
- We nurture confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Every day the children join together in an act of collect worship. This is a wonderful time to gather together as a school to learn about the values taught to us by Jesus and God. Our themes are based on the school values and aims. The children are all given the opportunity to contribute by choosing stories, making comments, asking or answering questions, retelling the stories or making up prayers. Each half term the value is celebrated and explored in special acts of worship. A member of teh governing body joins us and presents an award to a child from each class who has demonstrated the value in a special way.
Open the Book Assemblies
Open the Book (OTB) is a project which offers primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible. Each week members of the local churches will act out a story from the Lion storyteller Bible based on Christian Values. The children always look forward to Open the Book assemblies every Friday. It is a fun and interactive way to learn about the Bible. It also provides a special and valuable link to our community. The children love spotting the OTB members in the village and at community events.
Our Prayer Space
Our prayer space is an inclusive space to enable children to explore their own spirituality. They are able to use this quiet space to reflect on the themes they have learnt about in their RE lessons or in the collective worship. It is a quiet and respectful area in which children go to pray or write down their thoughts, ideas or big questions. There are activities that children are able to carry out based on Christian or British values.
This half term the prayer space links to the the 'seek within' from our vision. Children reflect on their inner strength using the plasticine to aid their feelings and thoughts.
Each term we carry out a Pause Day. This is a special time where the children come together to work with children from different year groups. These days are invaluable to the children as they enable them to reflect on their learning and engage in deeper religious thinking. This term our pause day was centred around our new school vision.
The spring term Pause Day differed for the classes. Year 2 and reception stayed in school and used the developed prayer spaces to reflect on the Easter story. Year 1 went to Wintershall for a Lent workshop-looking at the stations of the cross and reflecting on the role of the donkey in the Easter story.
The Pause Day for the summer term will be centred around the church and involve a christening.
Our worship team are from Year 2 for the autumn and spring term and then Year 1 and Year 2 in the summer term, the worship team help to change and maintain the prayer spaces and help to lead some collective worship. They recently took part in the 20 year celebration of Open the Book in Woking. They have also planned and delivered an act of worship to reflect on our value of 'courage'.
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