As a small, village Church of England school, our Christian values and working vision underpin everything we do at Bulphan. Our curriculum is designed to be deeply Christian putting God at the very heart of everything we do.
Our curriculum is constructed to ensure that we have high ambition for all of our pupils so that each child has an entitlement to high quality, progressive learning in all subjects. We aim to develop a clear sense of what it is to be an expert in each subject (example - What it is to be a Historian) through providing a clear progression of skills, key knowledge and core concepts.
At Bulphan we recognise that many of our children have limited experiences of other cultures and faiths different to their own. They have limited knowledge of the world beyond their locality. Because of this we have designed a curriculum to provide a range of experiences that enable our children to be prepared for life in modern Britain.
We also recognise that many children enter with limited vocabulary and under developed speech and language skills. Because of this we place an emphasis on early reading skills through the high-quality teaching of phonics and fostering a love of reading with our very youngest children. Developing language and vocabulary in all areas of the curriculum as well as making reading links across the curriculum is a key part of our curriculum design and ensures that children are prepared for the next stage in their learning.
At the heart of our curriculum design lies the ambition to enthuse and excite children, exploiting their natural curiosity for learning across the full breadth of the curriculum. Our curriculum enables every child to flourish and shine and in doing so discover their unique potential given to them by God.
We have developed progression statements in the form of learning ladders from Early Years through to Year 6 across all subjects from Development Matters (EYFS), the national curriculum and Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum. This results in a progression of skills and knowledge, as each year previous knowledge is revisited and built upon with new learning across the curriculum.
Phonics and Early reading skills are delivered through the Letters and Sounds programme. Children access this curriculum at an age appropriate level which is carefully monitored by all stakeholders.
Teachers plan lessons, activities and enrichment incorporating opportunities to develop language and vocabulary, a love of reading, our Christian values (to develop Christian Character) and identify opportunities to enrich the learning of pupils as well as celebrate the successes of each individual and their learning.
At Bulphan we track every child’s progress on an ongoing basis through our progressive Statements (Learning Ladders and Chris Quigley Statements) to ensure that we are constantly challenging them with appropriately pitched, individualised learning. Assessments highlight the needs of all learners and are skilfully used by both Senior Leaders and teachers to plan the most effective provision for all children and bespoke support for individuals where necessary.
The impact of our curriculum is evidenced through our school outcomes (see website) and through pupils work in books as well as pupil voice (how the children talk about their learning).
All leaders regularly monitor the impact of the learning in their subject which is reported back to all stakeholders, analysed, evaluated and actioned through strategic and timely school improvement.
We understand that you may be concerned about the Special Educational Needs or Disabilities of your child whilst they are not attending school. Please do not be overly concerned about this. Once we are able to return to school, we will continue to provide all children with the high-quality teaching and personalised interventions they need to ensure they continue to make progress.
We would urge you to ensure that during this time at home, your child continues to read regularly as well as practise times tables and other basic maths skills. Children have access to Bug Club and Times Tables Rockstars (Y1-Y6) to continue to learn and practise these skills.
In addition to this, we have sent out via email some SEN resources that are personalised for each child with SEND, in order to support them further. These resources are available to download below for all children who might benefit from them.
There is also a wealth of online support for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and below are some links to websites and apps which you may find useful when working with your child at home.
As always, if there is any further support we can offer, whether it is to answer a question or to signpost you to more specific resources, please do email the school for the attention of Mrs Fitter our SENCO.
Above all, we want your child’s experience at home to be a safe and happy one, so that they return to school feeling enthusiastic to continue their education with us.