Statement of Intent
At Bromstone our curriculum is designed so each child can develop confidence, independence and resilience. We encourage our children to develop skills that will enable them to make decisions, self-evaluate, and make connections with the world around them. We want our pupils to be become lifelong learners. During learning opportunities, children acquire key skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We use Learning Powers to promote responsibility for learning and future success. In addition, the curriculum is supported by our school values and vision, where mutual respect is essential. We aim for pupils to respect themselves and acknowledge their own self-worth. As our children journey through our enriched and creative curriculum we will build upon prior learning and provide a breadth of experiences that will enable the children to become creative and confident, critical thinkers who will challenge and ask questions. Our children have the opportunity to learn in a variety of environments and we actively encourage outdoor learning opportunities. Our learning environments, wherever they are, set out to inspire and enable learning. Childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Our aim is that when children leave Bromstone, they are prepared for the many challenges they will face, as they become future citizens of the world. We hope they will illustrate positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future achievements. A Bromstone child will have high aspirations and become the very best version of themselves as they take their next steps within education and the wider community.
Dream, Believe, Achieve.
The Recovery Curriculum
We have been thinking hard about what the Curriculum should look like for the Bromstone children on their return from lockdown. As a school we have used some guidance from research to help us navigate through this. As a result, at the start of the Autumn term, we will be implementing a curriculum based on Professor Barry Carpenter's Recovery Curriculum. Wellbeing and mental health will be central to our planning as we welcome children back to school life and school learning.
At the start of September, we ran a whole school project around the wordless book called Journey by Aaron Becker. The children enjoyed exploring the text and adding their own narratives as they themselves journeyed back to school. It was a wonderful way of unifying the school and explore a whole school text in a creative way.
During Black History Month we ran a whole school project around the inspirational life of Wangari Maathai. She was an environmental campaigner who planted a million trees in Kenya. We had lots of fun throughout the term, learning about Kenya and how life in Africa is very different from our own.
KS2 children explored the history of slavery and the impact it had on black Britain. They also learnt about Civil Rights and new movements like Black Lives Matter.
Throughout the topic the children were encouraged to celebrate diversity and embrace the fact that each of us are special and that we all deserve to be treated with equality and respect.
Wangari Muta Maathai, Kenyan political and environmental activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2004
Wangari Muta Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”. Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. She was an Honorary Councilor of the World Future Council. In 2011, Maathai died after a battle with cancer.
As we returned to school after the February half term, we started to explore the second book in the Aaron Becker series, Quest. The country was in lockdown and we were only open to key workers and vulnerable pupils. Most of the school were being taught at home. through Google Classroom. The whole school project was an ideal opportunity to unify the school. It gave siblings a chance to work together at home on a shared task and enjoy a book together. Quest, also linked in well with Barry Carpenter and the Recovery Curriculum as it gave the children space to enjoy a shared text and focus on wellbeing.