Curriculum Overview - Bilbrook Middle School, Staffordshire
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Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum has been carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that there is clear progression of knowledge of skills that incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and we ensure that every child has access to our offer; no matter their individual starting point or individual circumstance. British Values are interwoven throughout all that we do.

Our curriculum has been designed to build pupils’ knowledge and skills through a fully immersed learning journey that is engaging, challenging and fully inclusive to all pupils. Pupils will be provided with a range of experiences and be given time for deliberate practice. To limit cognitive load and to transfer learning into long-term memory, our curriculum uses spaced repetition and retrieval practice. The curriculum has been designed to ensure that our Christian character and values are reflected in all that we do.

Our curriculum offer extends beyond the school day and we are proud to offer a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities. The clubs provide pupils with the opportunity to extend their skills and knowledge within a given area, or simply try something different! We have a range of clubs on offer, such as Art Club, Multi-Sports, Cooking Club, Choir, STEM Club and Forest Schools. We know that attending clubs helps to support pupil’s personal development.

Our curriculum is for our children and our community at this moment in time. We will review our curriculum regularly to ensure it meets the needs of our children. We have identified the following curriculum drivers to underpin our curriculum: Possibilities, Health and Community.

Possibilities: Our children can achieve anything. Anything is possible for our children and it is our job to ensure that they know this. We endeavour to provide our children with the knowledge and skillset that will turn their hopes and dreams into reality. Anything is possible.

Health: We want our children to lead healthy lifestyles and we will provide them with a curriculum that promotes physical and mental health. We want our children to be confident individuals who are fit and healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Community: We want our children to be confident and valuable citizens of the community. We will seek out opportunities to develop our links within the local community and beyond.

Our Promise:

At Bilbrook CE Middle, we endeavour to ensure that by the time they leave us at the end of Year 8, every child will have developed a real thirst for learning through a variety of enrichment opportunities that will support their education and provide cultural capital.
They will have had the opportunity to:

  • Go to a place of interest outside of the local area
  • Sing in a concert
  • Learn a new language
  • Visit a museum
  • Sleep at least one night away from home with their class
  • Have a speaking part in a whole school assembly
  • Hold a position of responsibility within school
  • Visit places of worship
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Take part in a celebration for another faith/culture from their own
  • Join a School Club
  • Go to the theatre with the school
  • Perform in a concert/production outside of school
  • Enter a school-based competition
  • Enter a regional / national competition
  • Have a piece of work displayed for all to see
  • Be an ambassador for the school
  • Represent the school in a sporting event
  • Receive age-appropriate careers advice

Students in Bilbrook CE Middle School are taught all subjects in the National Curriculum. Subjects are taught discretely so that pupils develop their knowledge and skills within each subject. Each subject has been carefully planned to ensure that there is clear progression and pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Teachers work closely with feeder schools and the High School to ensure that there are smooth transition points for each subject. The subjects studied from Years 5 to 8 are:

  • Art and Design
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Programming and ICT
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Reading
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Writing

Please click on the links below to find our what your child will be learning about this term: