Our Edward Bryant School Curriculum
As Edward Bryant School is situated in a unique location, perched between the South Coast and the South Downs, we have tailored our curriculum using our environment to enhance our children's learning experience. We have high aspirations for all of our children and celebrate their cultural diversities. Currently, we have children from over 15 different countries on our role and our curriculum enables individuals to succeed both academically as well as engaging in wider society.
As a result of the large number of languages spoken within the school, we have designed our curriculum to enable the pupils to develop their spoken language and extend their vocabulary. This greatly benefits all of our children as they are exposed to higher order vocabulary.
As a starting point when designing our curriculum, we selected high quality texts to study, ensuring that the children will hear a wide breadth of books in their time with us. We instill in all children a love of reading by using Modern Texts to Historical Classics and include authors such as Shakespeare and Dickens as well as local writers. We make sure that children and teachers have time to read for pleasure.
In the Early Years the children are encouraged to experiment with early mark making every day. This quickly progresses on to all children writing daily sentences. As they progress through the school, the children are taught to use Talk for Writing techniques which enables them to rehearse spoken language before recording their creative ideas on paper.
All subjects follow a planned progression through the primary school and take into consideration the children's previous experiences, as well as what they will be learning next. You can click on any of the links below to find out more about each subject. Click here to find out why our curriculum is designed the way it is.
We enhance our curriculum by giving the children extra opportunities that they may not have chance to experience outside of school. As well as visits to local environmental areas of interest we have also run trips to Chichester Festival Theatre, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and Pallant House Art Gallery. On top of this we also have close links with Chichester University. We organise two residential trips, one in Year 4 and one in Year 6. To see what sort of fun the Year 6 children get up to when they travel down to Devon, click here.
You can view our whole school curriculum overview here.
Art at Edward Bryant School has been designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. It aims to provide the pupils with opportunities to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
Each year, there are two art units that are designed to develop the skills of drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
These start from the study of a real object, to enable children to develop the skill of looking critically and closely at an object, before capturing it through observational drawing. Skills are developed through teaching children skills that build in sophistication. For example, printing starts with simple printing with objects (cotton reels, leaves etc) to block printing with several colours and cut outs. At EBS we believe that pupils need to be taught skills so that they can select and apply a range of techniques to independent work. All pupils have sketchbooks in which they are encouraged to record both their thoughts and their work.
In order to develop pupils’ critical eye and appreciation of art, pupils discover and learn about great artist in history and develop their understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Children study works of art in every year group and will be aware of many artists from a range of cultural backgrounds.
To view our Art curriculum click here.
In a rapidly developing technological world, computers (including smart phones, tablets and internet enabled devices etc) form an integral part of everyday life. Confident and safe use of such devices has become an essential skill.
The Department for Education aims for a high-quality computing education to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
At Edward Bryant, we believe that computational thinking is a skill children must be taught if they are to participate effectively in the digital world and affect its future. Computational thinking allows us to solve problems and gives us the skills necessary to engage and interact with the world. It also enables us to be logical and strategic thinkers; highlighting problems that need solutions, and solving them.
The National Curriculum forms the backbone of our computing lessons, focussing on four main strands as follows …
- Computer Science (Coding)
Children are taught to create, debug and follow simple sets of instructions (algorithms).
- Information Technology
Children are taught to use appropriate software and applications to create, store, retrieve and manipulate digital content.
- Digital Literacy
Children are taught to apply their digital skills to a range of technology, recognising common uses both inside and outside school.
- Online Safety
Children are taught how to be responsible, safe users of technology. They are taught to recognise and report unsafe practices and to understand how to keep private information safe online.
In order to ensure these concepts are developed in a systematic way the school uses a program of study developed by Purple Mash. By following the program we are able to ensure full coverage of the computing curriculum while, at the same time, tracking the children’s progress and adapting planning where necessary. The Purple Mash program also provides the children with online access to continue their studies outside of school.
You can view the computing curriculum here.
Information technology, including computers and tablets, is also used throughout the school to support learning in other subjects, ranging from English to Art. As a result, our children are given the opportunity to use and develop their computational thinking, creativity and problem solving skills in a wide range of contexts and scenarios.
Children in KS2 are also able to extend their learning through after school clubs, including coding club and digital photography club.
At Edward Bryant School, we believe that design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world and encourages them to become curious and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of design and technology, we aim to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design and technology gives all children the opportunity to become discerning and informed consumers and potential innovators. It provides the children with a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made.
Each year, there are three DT units that are designed to develop the skills of asking questions about how things work, developing construction skills and handling appropriate tools, equipment, utensils and construction material safely, with increasing control. Across Key Stages 1 and 2, we plan design and technology activities so that they build upon prior learning of the children. We give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and ensuring progressive challenge, breadth and depth to their design and making. The units are focused on the following areas: cooking and nutrition, materials and construction including mechanics. The planning is completed through a cross curricular approach ensuring that design technology has a link to the topic/s being studied. Subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Computing are reinforced through design and technology by giving children the opportunity to complete written plans, apply mathematical knowledge, employ scientific knowledge and use a range of resources including computers. At EBS we believe that pupils need to be taught skills so that they can select and apply a range of appropriate techniques to independent work.
At the end of a unit, children review their own and each other’s work, focusing upon an evaluation of the finished product and how effectively it meets the learning objective. Due to the practical nature of design and technology, evidence of work undertaken by children can be in the form of teacher’s notes or as a photographic record. Samples of the design process and end product are also valuable evidence.
To view our Design Technology curriculum click here.
English including Phonics
For more information about our approach to teaching phonics, please click here.
At Edward Bryant School, we develop children’s core knowledge of Geography and inspire a curiosity to discover the world and its people. At the heart of our Geography curriculum is the children’s sense of place and the core skills such as compass work, map reading and the use of electronic navigation tools.
We ensure that Geography enables pupils to recognise their contribution to, and responsibilities for, their locality, their country and the wider global community.
Children explore human and physical geography in order to deepen their understanding of where they live, how and why places have developed and how it compares to other places in the world. To support this, we aim to maximise the opportunity for fieldwork to enhance learning. As well as making links to our key texts, we take full advantage of being on the south coast and near the South Downs National Park. We use our school grounds, our close proximity to the local park and beach as well as areas of local interest to enhance the children’s geographical learning.
Our school community is made up of children from a wide range of backgrounds and this is reflected and celebrated in the learning we do.
To view our Geography curriculum click here.
Studying history gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. They begin to ask questions as they explore the diversity of human experience, past lives and societies.
The idea is that by the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological overview of British history from Stone Age to present day and are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this we look at world some aspects of world history. At Edward Bryant the children will explore the ancient civilisations of Rome and Greece, developing their understanding of trends over time and across other civilisations.
At EBS history is taught through investigation and enquiry. Children develop an understanding of how History has had an impact on our lives today both locally, nationally and internationally. Whilst it is important for children to have facts, we wish to encourage independent and critical thinking which will foster an understanding of ‘why’ as well as ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘where’. We believe that History should be an interactive subject which strives to ignite a child’s natural curiosity. Each unit being planned includes opportunities for children to investigate, handle artefacts, pictorial evidence, watch historical footage, take part in role play activities, visit relevant sites and museums and where appropriate, experience oral history, engaging with historical characters and ways of life.
Our curriculum provides a rich variety of topics that cover The Stone Age to World War II. Each topic has an overarching question which they refer to at the end of each lesson to see how different events and actions can accumulate to build a deeper understanding of a historical period. They explore this question using a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with historical skills such as analysing and debating the reliability of sources, making comparisons between historical periods, devising historically valid questions, drawing conclusions from sources and making links between events.
Underpinning this is an emphasis on children understanding the world around them, their country and their values.
At the end of each unit we have the opportunity for pupil voice to be heard; each class will choose a theme to do with their topic that they haven’t yet covered but are intrigued to learn more about, be it the celebrations and festivals, battles or culinary delights! This sharing of their learning will help to foster an enthusiasm and sense of curiosity about the past, encouraging the children in their first steps towards being life-long learners.
To view our History curriculum, click here.
Our Maths Curriculum follows the Inspire Maths Approach and prepares the children really well for their future education. We use lots of concrete resources with the children before asking them to use a pictorial approach and then finally tackle the abstract maths. For more information click here
At Edward Bryant School we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme of work, which is in line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through our curriculum to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, creating, exploring and performing different musical activities. On top of this we offer all children the chance to learn to play at least one musical instrument.
We believe it is very important to offer a range of physical activities to our children. We use a progressive scheme of work to enable our children to build on skills they have previously learned. We also ensure that these skills are used within particular sports and where possible as part of a competitive situation. We offer Gymnastics, Dance and Swimming as well as Games.
At Edward Bryant School we are committed to promoting all our pupils’ personal, social, health and their emotional well-being. It is important that our children feel secure and happy to take on challenges in life and learning. This in turn will secure the best academic outcomes possible. We place a high importance on our children’s well-being and want them to be able to build their self-efficacy. We teach PSHE as a discrete subject as well as ensuring it is embedded across our curriculum.
At Edward Bryant School we feel it is important to teach life skills that go beyond the curriculum. We have a focus on spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. We support our children with their preparation for the challenges of life by helping them to:
- understand and value themselves,
- be optimistic about the future and life’s possibilities
- develop positive self-esteem, self-confidence and build self-efficacy
- take increasing control of and responsibility for their lives
- play an active part in their community.
At Edward Bryant School we will help pupils develop and demonstrate these skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Pupils will be taught through these three underlying core themes, within which there will be a broad overlap and flexibility.
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
We feel another important life skill that our children need to learn is Working with Others (WWO). We do this through a range of stand-alone activities and ones that can run alongside the rest of the curriculum. They include;
- developing relationships through building trust, communication and problem-solving skills
- using pre-brief and de-brief strategies to encourage discussions about what is learnt
- supervision and space for reflection to support and enable change.
Within our curriculum we promote a good growth mindset and share with the children what successful learning looks like. We encourage all children from the youngest to the oldest to talk about their own learning. We introduce characters with our very youngest children to help them to
- Not give up
- Be Cooperative
- Be Curious
- Have a go
- Be imaginative
- Keep improving
- Enjoy learning
At Edward Bryant we also believe it is important to teach children good manners, as it is yet another important life skill. Each week the whole school will focus on the behaviour we wish to explicitly teach and foster. Not only will we practise the language of good manners, but also, we teach body language, eye contact and tone of voice.
We also teach our children about important aspects of Relationships and Health. We enable our children to have the knowledge and understanding of how to keep themselves healthy, both physically and mentally. We offer a bespoke curriculum which enables focus on diversity, differences and a celebration of each child’s unique qualities.
Another important area is our Peer Mediation Scheme. We teach our children to problem solve their own quarrels and issues and train our Year 6 children to mediate. There is a full application process before they are selected for the training. Peer Mediation lessons run through the school from Year 2 upwards.
Why is RE important?
RE is an important part of a child’s education because it allows them to develop their beliefs and values. The teaching of RE is also important because it contributes educationally to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils, whether or not they are from a religious tradition.
Which world religions do we study?
Our children are taught a variety of the major world religions. These may include Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as considering the beliefs of those that are not religious
How do we make cross-curricular links?
When planning lessons, teachers at Edward Bryant consider other subjects and endeavour to make cross-curricular links. For example, long writing tasks are often incorporated into lessons so that children have an opportunity to write down their ideas, opinion and views in a structured task (diary entries, letters or even stories). Teachers also encourage drama work to reinforce teaching points and to allow children to express themselves about a particular topic.
What is special about RE at Edward Bryant School?
We aim for our RE curriculum to provide children with challenging questions about the meaning of life, including global issues. We do this by promoting civilised debate and in-depth discussions.
Teachers have access to a range of religious artefacts to support their lessons for each religion. Where possible trips to different places of worship within our local community are encouraged. These opportunities are examples of how we provide our children with hands-on authentic experiences of the diversity of religion and how we value experiential learning and aim to enrich RE.
At Edward Bryant teachers offer opportunities for pupils to encounter an authentic voice of faith and belief. This means that we encourage dialogue between pupils and praise those who want to share their own unique and personal religious experiences. This is particularly beneficial when pupils teach their classmates about particular religious traditions or festivals. Here, our pupils become the “experts” and we believe that this can not only raise self-esteem but also give a positive image of each faith and enhance the quality of learning in RE. We can also welcome members of our school community, including parents and relatives, to come and speak to our classes about a particular RE topic.
To view our RE curriculum click here.
Children have lots of questions about the world around us and we aim to provide them with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about those processes. At present, our science curriculum provides a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines and contexts that the children can relate to their everyday lives and beyond.
Alongside acquiring scientific knowledge, children are taught skills such as generating their own lines of enquiry, making predictions, analysing results, observing changes over time, collecting results in a variety of ways, drawing conclusions from their observations and evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results. Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilizing the classroom, wider school environment and the local environment and community.
Within each academic year, children will study a range of scientific topics. In Key Stage 1 science is often closely linked to the unit of work being studied while in Key Stage 2, children are taught Science as a discrete subject, covering a specific topic each half term. Each Science topic is primarily based around one of the three core disciplines (Biology, Physics and Chemistry), with children touching on all three every year.
At EBS, we seek to exploit our local environment to bring the study of science to life. We study our school grounds over the year, visit the beach to compare environments and explore nearby nature reserves. We bring science into our classrooms, for example we hatch eggs and grow vegetables in the school allotment. We recycle paper, have an Eco team to help us conserve electricity and keep our site litter free.
To view our Science curriculum click here.
Here at Edward Bryant we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides our pupils with an invaluable experience in educational, social and cultural terms. learning another language widens their world, develops their communication skills and helps them to understand better their own culture and the culture of others. We have chosen to teach our children Spanish as it is the second most used language after English. It is an almost phonetic language, making writing it quite easy.
We start learning about Spain and the basic language in Year 4 before progressing through Year 5 and 6. This means that up to Year 4 we are purely focused on the development of the English language.
To view our Spanish curriculum click here.