At Bitterley Primary we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability. In addition, we are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master English and mathematics skills. We believe that mastery in these core subjects determines access to higher education and increased career choices at 18.
Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. We place great emphasis on giving children practical experiential activities and opportunities in their learning, as we believe that it is only by direct experience that true understanding of a specific area, and its relevance to real life, can be gained.
We have selected some of the most successful programmes of learning to support mastery of Mathematics and English skills. All the programmes we use have been well researched to assess their impact in the primary school setting.
We currently use;
- Read Write Inc Phonics (Ruth Miskin)
- Literacy (Assertive Mentoring)
- Maths (Assertive Mentoring)
Phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The forty four common sounds in the English language are taught and children learn how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Most importantly Read Write Inc. Phonics provides the children with the opportunity to read a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they enjoy early success in reading.
Although our focus is always on raising standards in literacy and numeracy we also run a creative curriculum throughout the academy.
We have regular visitors who enrich the learning of our students and organise visits out to other places wherever possible. However, if you or someone you know has expertise in an area one year group will be covering we would be delighted to hear from you.
Listed below are links to the Bitterley School Curriculum.
For furher information on the curriculum click either of these links: BBC LINK Department For Education.