Our school curriculum aims to help each child to realise his/her maximum potential in a safe and happy environment.
Both our vision statement and the teaching of Christian values inform planning and delivery of all subjects. We have high expectations for every child. We expect our children to be involved in setting their own targets and to work hard to discover their best ways of learning.
We follow the statutory National Curriculum and build the objectives from this curriculum into units of work for each year group. We use a range of resources when planning our curriculum and tailor these resources to meet the needs of our children. Early Years children (Reception class) follow the EYFS Statutory Framework. Everything we do is underpinned by our school motto which is to 'Belong, Believe and Blossom'.
With faith at the heart of our curriculum at Bolton-by-Bowland, we will appreciate and understand the school's unique village culture and utilise the history and geography of our wonderful environment.
We will prepare our children through memorable experiences for their role, in an ever changing society.
As we continue to develop the curriculum, ‘Pupil Voice’ will be fundamental to our developments as we review with children and staff, the topics they have enjoyed learning through and what/how they would like to learn in the future.
Our Curriculum Intent Statement
Our school Christian vision statement, Motto and Christian values are at the heart of our curriculum intent statement and everything we do at Bolton by Bowland Church of England Primary School:
As a unique village school, inspired by our Christian love, we strive to nurture our family to ‘belong, believe and blossom’. We will open our hearts to God’s wonderful, diverse creation cherishing everyone as a child of God. Through Jesus’ example, we will instill resilience and confidence for tomorrow.
‘Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.’ Psalm 100:3
We are a very small, friendly rural Primary School (including Nursery) with a welcoming family feel. We work closely with families, friends and members of the parish and wider community to create confident Christians for the modern world.
Our aim is to ensure the curriculum is tailored to the needs of our pupils, is ambitious, that it stretches the children from their comfort zone and provides all our children with a love of learning and the knowledge, experiences and cultural capital they need to succeed in the modern world.
Our school is committed to ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced, in order that the needs of all the children are provided for, whatever their needs, gifts or talents. We will provide a curriculum that offers exciting, challenging and stimulating opportunities in a vibrant environment, enriched by visits and visitors linked closely to the topic we are studying. Visits and visitors change year on year depending on the topics being taught.
However, some of our experiences, visits and visitors are regular, for example:
- Engaging and educational before and after school clubs
- Peripatetic music lessons
- ProSport & Sportscool club
- Year 5/6 Residential visit to Lower Bank Ground Outdoor Activity Centre in Coniston, Cumbria
- Links with our feeder schools
- The Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Sports Partnership
- Life Education caravan
- Governors and parishioners’ Link Club
- Book fairs
We aim to nurture children so they can plan tasks independently and reflect on their success, children who can engage and talk about their learning are children who are not afraid to make a mistake. We make provision for academic achievement and spiritual, moral, cultural, physical and creative development whilst being underpinned by British Values.
Children will be encouraged to become
- Respectful, with love for one another and who embrace the differences in modern society regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
- Ambassadors for looking after the environment
- Confident in the basic skills of English, Maths and ICT
- Able to work independently and collaboratively
- Aware that learning is a lifelong process and there is always room for improvement
- Enquiring, through questioning, investigating and reasoning
- Engaged in physical activities that enable them to enjoy and make the best use of their time both in and out of school
- Knowledgeable about the world in which they live
All children follow the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stages One and Two. All pupils, no matter what ability they are, are ensured quality access to the whole curriculum where knowledge is cumulative, prior learning is built upon in a sequence learning ensures sufficient knowledge, and skills are gained for future life. This gives the opportunity for all pupils to learn effectively, make good progress and attain levels at least in line with, but ideally better than, their prior attainment. As a team of teachers and support staff, challenging targets are set in order to help pupils achieve this.
The school ensure all children have access to the Blackburn Diocese Syllabus for Religious Education, ‘Questful RE’, that develops an enquiry based approach to the way Religious Education is taught. It embraces the explicit teaching of Christian concepts and together with the supporting resource ‘Understanding Christianity’ which explores God’s big Salvation story, both give a deeper understanding of Christianity and other leading world faiths. Through an open investigative enquiry approach, the pupils will be given the sense of being on a quest of discovery.
A love of reading will be at the centre of all we do. Reading books on offer in EYFS and KS1 are linked closely to the phonics knowledge children are taught when learning to read.
Reading will continue throughout and across the curriculum ensuring children access appropriate vocabulary related to the topic, their age and their ability. This can then be used in their own speech and writing across the whole curriculum.
Each teacher makes sensitive links between subjects that make the learning more cohesive for the children. Learning is therefore strengthened by allowing children to revisit concepts and understanding in meaningful contexts. The whole staff work together to plan ‘themes’ under which they deliver the linked subjects. Although the skills progression remains the same (subject to curriculum review), the themes change to reflect the interests of the particular class or particular events in the calendar.
We want all children to leave Bolton by Bowland with a range of skills and knowledge that equip them for the next stage of their lives. They will have had the opportunity to access a range of learning experiences, met aspirational people and visited places that will inspire them as to the way they want their lives to take shape. With our Christian faith being the golden thread that holds together all we do, children will have grown wholly and become the best they can.