We are passionate about seeing every child at Bishop Road develop and nurture an enjoyment and desire for reading. We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which includes the teaching of phonics to help children decode words, an awareness of comprehension skills and strong focus on exploring meaning. We use picture books, novels and factual texts to engage and stimulate learning, ensuring children enjoy high quality writing that elevates their knowledge and understanding. We use a programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ to introduce synthetic phonics systematically. Children are encouraged to read widely both in and outside school and we are proud of our excellent school library that is the heart of our school.
There is a page of the website detailing more information about our school approach to reading that you will find under the curriculum tab on the homepage.
We have a consistent approach to the teaching of writing across the school. This involves the use of picture books as a stimulus for our dedicated weekly creative writing lesson. Children are encouraged to develop their wider narrative understanding by exploring, discussing and responding to a complete text in this focused lesson. For our daily English lessons we use novels from Year 2 onwards and shorter books in the infants as a stimulus for writing, speaking and listening.
We are developing resilient, adaptable mathematicians and believe that all children can achieve and progress in mathematics. We teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts. Making mistakes is an essential part of learning and we strive to provide challenges through rich and refined problems before progressing onto new content. We have a strong emphasis on importance of accuracy and clarity in mathematical calculations.
Children are encouraged to explore and nurture their curiosity in the world around them. Lessons equip children with the knowledge, methods and processes to enable them to understand the environment. They develop their ability to plan and execute scientific enquiry skills in order to explore scientific theory in a meaningful way. Children learn about the practical applications of science through STEM projects designed to inspire and cultivate creativity.
Pupils develop a secure knowledge of Britain’s past, contextualised in an understanding of the wider world. They develop the skills required to investigate and draw conclusions about historical periods or events. Children are taught using primary and secondary sources to build understanding of events and time periods. Children learn to think critically about the evidence they are using, and understand the processes involved in deriving an historical narrative. We emphasise how historical events have shaped people’s lives, and think about the impact of the past upon the present.
Lessons equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. They build a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Children develop the knowledge and understanding to explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Children explore, reflect and investigate some of the most fundamental questions asked by people, learning about different cultures, discussing challenging questions and finding out about the major world religions in a safe and supportive environment. RE intends to promote religious understanding and respect, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.
We follow the Awareness Mystery Value Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Bristol.
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Children gain the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to lead enriched, healthy lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and to recognise how they are developing personally and socially, addressing the social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that form an intrinsic part of growing up. The three main strands of Growth and Reflection are:
PE is taught by specialist sports coaches. Children learn a range of indoor and outdoor sports, using our facilities on our school field and on the main school site. Children in Year 6 enjoy lessons on our purpose built climbing wall and pupils take part in swimming lessons in Year 5.
We aim for every child to develop a love for activity and sport during their time here, and provide numerous opportunities for children to take part in both inter- and intra-school competitions in a range of different sports throughout the year.Children are encouraged to develop a healthy level of competitiveness whilst learning about the values of sportsmanship and respect. They are taught about how space and movement can be utilised to good effect in invasion games whilst being taught the fundamental principles of balance, movement and agility.
Lessons inspire and equip pupils with knowledge about periods of music history, notable musicians and composers, how music is recorded, how to compose music and how to play instruments musically. Teachers use Charanga Music Scheme to ensure knowledge and skills are introduced progressively, and use BBC Ten Pieces scheme as the basis for developing an understanding of musical history. Musical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that enable children to explore the multiple dimensions of music.
Every child in year 4 learns to play the ukulele and there are music lessons for individuals and small groups for children in years 4-6.
Learning is divided broadly into two categories: unplugged with a focus on conceptual understanding and theory, and plugged in which children apply knowledge using various types of technology. Children use ipads and beebots and laptops at different stages throughout the school. Teachers use a range of apps and programs, including but not restricted to: Microsoft Office Suite, Scratch and Garage Band.
Children experience, interact with and discuss the works of classical and contemporary artists. They learn and develop creative skills to manipulate different media, i.e. paint brush strokes and pencil shading techniques. Alongside skills and techniques children develop and use vocabulary associated with colour, shade, tone and tint exploring how to, alter and finalise designs using a sketchbook to record, modify and embellish their work.
Children benefit from a school specialist Art and DT teacher who delivers art lessons in every class and supports teachers in developing their practice.
Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learn a modern foreign language. This year Yr 3 are learning Latin, Yr 4 & 5 Spanish and Yr 6 French. Learning supports children with knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary to enable them to understand and communicate their ideas in a different language. The learning approach focuses on providing opportunities for children to communicate purposefully in practical contexts.
Children develop knowledge of the process of planning, creating and evaluating, together with a deeper understanding of the role that DT plays in the world. Technical knowledge and understanding of the skills taught provide the framework to support children creating and building their own products and developing their curiosity about how things work.Children also take part in both theoretical and practical food and nutrition lessons during which the learn cooking skills such as chopping and peeling, as well as developing an understanding of where their food comes from and how it is made.
The National Curriculum sets out what all maintained state schools are required to teach and the level of achievement pupils are expected to reach. The information below details the key areas of learning that children will develop in English and Maths as they move through the school.
Curriculum Maps can be found under ‘Curriculum Information’ on each year group page.