Our Curriculum

Brierley CE School fully endorses the Early Years and Foundation Stage Framework and the Educational Reform Act 1988 which introduced a National Curriculum for children from 5 – 16 years of age, in all state schools in England and Wales. The Act entitles all pupils to a broadly based balanced curriculum.

We place great emphasis upon the acquisition of literacy, oracy and numeracy. Teachers ensure lessons have a meaningful context and offer children opportunities to develop, practice and apply the required skills in a purposeful manner, across all subjects.

In all curriculum areas children are encouraged to think independently and creatively and to develop their skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively, within a positive and stimulating learning environment. Through high quality and innovative teaching, pupils are helped to acquire, practise and apply the required skills in a meaningful and enjoyable context, working from first hand experiences, wherever possible.
It is the school’s aims that in all areas of the curriculum the experiences offered:

· Are challenging and enable pupils to become actively engaged in their own learning, either working independently or collaboratively.
· Will afford pupils the opportunity to develop their creativity.
· Have expectations that are realistically high for individual children and that these demands are made within a caring environment, enabling each child to grow in confidence and build self esteem.
· Make full use of our supportive learning environment whether that be indoor or outdoor.
curr2Learning from first-hand experience
First-hand experience is important in providing the pupils with opportunities to more fully understand their learning. As a result visits and visitors to school are important parts of our curriculum provision, raising awareness of the world in which we grow and live.. They bring learning to life and enable the children to deepen their understanding of particular events, issues etc. Each visit is carefully planned to introduce, support or consolidate the learning taking place in school and only when the opportunities are not available in the immediate locality will we venture further away. Such visits rarely occur more than once per term and every effort is made to ensure maximum value for money. Examples of some of the visits that we undertake include Robin Hood’s Bay, Hepworth Art Gallery, Jorvik Centre, National Railway Museum and Conisbrough Castle.