At the heart of every school lies the curriculum. It defines ethos and culture and at the same time delivers the school mission, aims and values. The curriculum is every planned experience provided for all students and as such cannot be seen as a stand-alone document.
If our children are to be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will assure them of future success, they need to have the confidence and ability to respond to changes around them. In a world of exponential change, the need for innovation, borne out of reflection and evaluation, becomes increasingly more important.
A successful curriculum therefore is not just a curriculum for the here and now but a curriculum that prepares young people for the future. We take pride in our curriculum at Berry Pomeroy school as we offer engaging, real and relevant learning based on only two subjects at any one time, therefore allowing our children to experience deep learning. Our curriculum at Berry Pomeroy is a curriculum where knowledge and academic progress is built on character values and the ability to take on new learning and make connections. This is the zone of true learning innovation – where nurtured talents, passion and discovery meet life changing experiences. And all of this is fed by deep, rich knowledge through the curriculum. The design of our curriculum is so that it can make a real and lasting difference to the lives of young people and their ability to make the world of the future an even better place.
Our curriculum is built on knowledge, skill, character traits but also meta-cognition. The three learning values this year are:
Children are encouraged to: be confident, think for themselves, take risks, persevere, ask questions, make decisions, solve problems, make connections and communicate their ideas.
Children are encouraged to: communicate, listen, co-operate and work together as a team with equal responsibility and with clear roles. They are responsible for both their own learning and that of their team members.
The children are encouraged to question and challenge. They will make connections and see relationships, envisaging what might be, exploring ideas and keeping options open, reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes.
English (reading and writing), Mathematics & Science.
Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art, PSHCE and Modern Foreign Language – French (KS2).
Religious Education is based on the guidelines in the Devon Agreed Syllabus and teaches about Christianity and other major faiths as well. We provide a daily assembly for every pupil. The nature of this assembly may on occasions be of a broadly Christian character, although not distinctive of any particular denomination.
As a requirement of the Education Reform Act 1988, religious education is taught to all pupils. As a parent, under the Education Act, you have a right to withdraw your child from religious education and assemblies if you so choose. Please arrange with the Headteacher should you wish to do so and alternative provision will be made.
Here at Berry Pomeroy, we believe that physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development. We aim to develop a balanced program offering a variety of activities to enhance skills in physical education. Positive participation in physical education will enable children to build self-esteem, team work and positive attitudes in P.E.
We aim to:
Most pupils have two sessions of PE a week – one of which is taught by a specialist from Saint Southwest. Dance, gymnastics, swimming, games and athletics are taught. We encourage a competitive spirit while recognising the value of cooperation, fair play and teamwork. This year, the children will be encouraged to participate in competitions outside of school in order to promote the above values.
At Berry Pomeroy, the children will also engage in adventure walks throughout the year. Whether it be at the coast, on the moors or in a woodland area, these provide fantastic opportunities for children to explore as well as promoting health and wellbeing.
We have an after-school running club, football club and dodgeball club run by qualified coaches and staff. Children will get the chance to experience an overnight residential stay and the year 6 children will participate in the Bikeability scheme during the Autumn term. There is an annual Sports Day held in the summer term.