Curriculum & Learning

Answering Questions in ClassWe currently have six classes, some of which are single year groups and some are mixed year groups. This varies each year depending on the number of children joining the school in Reception. As well as their own class teacher, children have specialist teachers for some lessons regularly eg. music, sport, Spanish, Forest School.

All classes benefit from the additional support provided by teaching assistants. Throughout the year, we also benefit from working with our feeder secondary school and children enjoy Language days, science workshops, art lessons, ICT lessons and use of the library amongst other things.

“The curriculum will be taught within the context of Christian values, in accordance with the school’s Mission Statement”. We aim to provide an atmosphere, inside and out, which offers the possibility of stimulation and enrichment to all who work within it. Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as developing awareness of personal and social understanding, moral and cultural understanding, health, the environment and the industrial world. We often work on whole school themes providing exciting and relevant experiences to bring learning to life. Teachers will use whole-class, group or individual teaching as they consider appropriate. Links may be made between subjects when appropriate to create themes and topics such as ‘Houses’ or ‘Our School’. Find out more about each curriculum subject by visiting the individual subject pages.  Our Curriculum Policy provides more detail on our offer and philosophy.

Subject Pages

We plan in time for regular ‘child initiated’ session throughout the school as we believe that children benefit greatly from having the opportunity to choose their learning style and have the flexibility to do sustained research in an area of interest to them. We have fully trained Forest School staff and wonderful forest school site which children across the school can access to support their learning. Reception children are in the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which they began in their Nursery or Playgroup setting. Our Reception teacher has close liaison with local Early Years settings and transition is very smooth. More information can be found on our Starting School page.

Starting School page

Children are grouped by ability when it is appropriate for their learning. On other occasions they will be organised in mixed ability groups. Exceptionally able children will be provided with extension activities, tasks and more in-depth challenges. Children who need learning support will be catered for within their own class or in small groups taken out of the classroom. They will receive specific help from either their own teacher, or another member of staff. We will always consult with parents if we think that a child needs such additional support with learning. A copy of the school’s Special Educational Needs Policy is available for your inspection on request and further information about our SEND offer can be found on our SEN page.

SEN page

In Class

Homework

Children are expected to read, practice spelling and number facts as often as possible at home. To encourage them, we have reward schemes in places at school where children receive certificates for each milestone achieved.  Teachers may also set homework which reinforces class work and we encourage you to work on these activities with your children where possible. Every term, you will receive a curriculum letter so that you know the themes that your child is studying at school, allowing you to do research or discuss it at home. The class pages of this website will also have links, photos and useful documents to help your child make progress.  Further information can be found in our homework policy.


Curriculum Documents

Details of the National Curriculum that we follow can be found by following the link below:

National Curriculum

Long Term Subject Plans

Essential Characteristics

At our schools we want the children to become ‘Experts’ and develop a mastery approach. We want children to understand the life-long skills that give all the curriculum areas relevance to real life and future career opportunities.

We want children at our schools to develop:

  • An extensive base of knowledge and vocabulary.
  • A mastery of the skills within each subject and apply them across the curriculum
  • Fluency in enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • A passion for and commitment to the subjects taught, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the subjects covered.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about the issues and evidence available.

Our Aims

To offer a curriculum which takes into account

  • Our individual needs
  • Our locality in rural Shropshire
  • The differing needs of our children and the school community.

With this in mind we have recruited additional experts to develop this approach. Our own teachers observe these expects, therefore developing and enriching their own skills.

  • Shropshire Music service – whole class instrument tuition; classroom music; school ensembles.
  • Jonny Hughes Sports Coaching – whole class PE lessons, lunchtime and afterschool clubs.
  • Spanish – one of our fully qualified teaching staff has responsibility for teaching Spanish and leading MFL across both schools.
  • Forest School – we have a qualified Forest School leader who deliver sessions weekly to classes 1 and 2 .

        Our Unique Offer

Residentials – we recognise that our children are growing up in rural Shropshire, so carefully tailor school visits and residentials to take account of this. We visit cities in contrasting localities and arrange activities that children may not have opportunities to do with their own families.  This is carefully planned into children’s curriculum work in class.

CONTINENTS – The children are split into 6 house groups, mixed R to yr6. They take part in 6 sessions per year studying various aspects of learning relating to their continent. Every year, they move to a new continent. These sessions cover much of our geography, history, RE, art, DT and SMSC objectives. See planning in appendix *

Attingham Park – We are luckily enough to be a guardianship school for our local National Trust Property. Every year, class 4 work with the staff and volunteers, on site and in school, on a project which covers a lot of our science. Geography and DT objectives.

Collaboration – We pride ourselves  in the collaborative work we do with other local schools. These include music, sport, MFL, science for the children. We also plan in termly staff meetings, moderation and training sessions for our staff with staff from local primary schools and have forged links between the curriculum subject co-ordinators in each school so that they can support each other and collaborate on ideas or resources.

The Baschurch Way – everything we teach and learn is underpinned by ‘The Baschurch Way’, which is the basis of our way of working – it is our values and ethos in practice. This is explicitly taught in some sessions such as PSHE, in collective worship and in Continents sessions. It is expected and applied in all other aspects of children’s work and conduct around school.

Our Locality – our long term plans ensure that children learn about the rich history in and around Baschurch, the historic town of Shrewsbury and other places of significant interest in Shropshire, such as Ironbridge World Heritage Site and Oswestry Iron-Age Hill fort. The objectives for each year group take into account the progress history or geography skills needed to meet the requirements of the curriculum.

Transition – We are in the fortunate position to have our feeder secondary school next door and take full advantage of this to support and extend our curriculum. We attend science, maths and MFL days. We invite the year 7 staff to our support and observe in year 6 and attend moderation meetings. We hae the opportunity to use the library, science labs, art room and technology department, which enables us to plan more variety and depth into our curriculum provision.

Music – As well as regular lessons and input from the Shropshire Music Service, where all children have the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument, music is an extremely important part of school life at Baschurch. The headteacher set up a school band and the music co-ordinator runs a popular choir. We take part in the annual ‘Young Voices’ concert, singing with 6000 other children, and take part in other local initiatives, such as Shropshire Sings. We provide regular opportunities for children to perform together, such as joint concerts at the Corbet Academy, Adcote Girls School and local primary schools. Children perform in church and at village functions.

Child Initiated / pupil voice – We think taking the children’s views, learning styles and interests into account is very important to encourage rapid progress, engagement and enjoyment or the curriculum.  Regular opportunities are given for a ‘child initiated’ approach in all year groups, where children have the opportunity to plan for themselves which aspect of their theme they study and how to present it. We engage parents in extending this at home through our ‘homework menu’. Children can contribute their views on their learning and curriculum primarily via the School Council and the Kids News Blog on the school website.

The Hidden Curriculum

Children need to achieve but they also need confidence and resilience in today’s competitive world. They need to learn skills that they can apply to various situations and scenarios, rather than learning a set number of facts. This will prepare them for the future, where we recognise that the job they make get probably doesn’t even exist yet!

Also as part of our curriculum, we promote British values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (see our British Values Statement for more details).

Our Long term Subject plans are available to read on this website:

Long Term Subject Plans