Learning at Berridge is based upon the new National Curriculum (September 2014). The children are taught in year groups throughout school. Literacy and numeracy lessons are normally taught in the mornings and the other curriculum areas in the afternoon. The year groups use ‘topics’ to teach the curriculum, finding opportunities to use their numeracy and literacy skills.
At KS1 (3-7) the children are taught phonics (sounds and letters) and these are taught in small groups with additional adults. The rest of the curriculum is taught by classteachers
At KS2 (7-11) children are taught in numeracy groups with different teachers. The children are normally taught English and topic work by their class teacher. Music, IT and some PE sessions are taught by specialist teachers .
Religious Education is taught at Berridge as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. School adopts an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning where Christianity is taught in every year group. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. The details of the RE curriculum can be found on the year group overviews. If you have any questions about the RE taught, do not hesitate to contact the school.
Parents have the right to request that their pupil be withdrawn from all or part of the RE provided. If you do not wish your child to take part in RE lessons then we would ask that you make a request in writing. School is happy to discuss any concerns you may have. You do not need to provide a reason for your decision.The right of withdrawal does not extend to other areas of the curriculum when, as may happen on occasion, spontaneous questions on religious matters are raised by pupils or there are issues related to religion that arise in other subjects such as history or citizenship.
Curriculum Topic plans are available on the year group pages
Every year group has planned a book study. The books are used to plan and inspire other areas of the curriculum such as art and DT. Every year group will plan books studies every year. The main aims of the book studies are to:-
Promote a ‘love of reading’
Broaden children’s knowledge of literature including ‘classic texts’
Use books as inspiration for other curriculum studies
Create excitement and curiosity about texts
Strengthen children’s reading skills
Spanish at Berridge
At Brushfield Site (KS2) children are taught Spanish. Weekly lessons are planned and taught by teachers and teaching assistants.
Children at Berridge have regular sessions in our wildlife garden and outdoor spaces. Every child has opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands on learning in the environment. Even in the middle of our busy built up city we want evey child to be able to experience the natural world. Here are some examples of the things we do outdoors:
Each child will read or review their book at least every fortnight.
Children choose their next book themselves, with guidance from
their teacher. There are a range of different books in school which are grouped into coloured bands. School staff will sign or stamp the reading diary when they have read with
What school expects from parents:
Read at least three times a week. The more often your child reads,
and especially with your support, the more quickly they will
As children start reading, a good guide to how long they should
read is 5 minutes. By the time a child is in year 6, they should be reading for 15-20
minutes or longer.
If your child is an independent reader, please ask them about their
book, and sign in their diary when they have read. Asking questions will help improve their reading comprehension
Reading is not just about decoding the words. It is about understanding what has been read- for enjoyment and for information.
At school, children are encouraged to talk about the books they have read; to answer questions about different aspects of the book (eg. events, setting, characters, feelings) and to express their own ideas about a book.
Inside the reading diary, you will find Reading Challenge stickers that link to reading skills taught in school. The aim of these is for you to support your child to work on a particular reading skill. These challenges can also help you to ask your child effective questions.
Click below for some useful information which may help you further. If you want advice about how to support your child’s reading please see the class teacher.