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Curriculum Introduction

The Curriculum Introduction

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Our approach to the curriculum is  one which develops a thirst for knowledge. Wherever possible children will learn in a contextual way providing meaning and purpose to what they do. We follow the Chris Quigley Essentials approach to the curriculum. Essentials is a simple to use Primary Curriculum that helps to:

  • Plan for Breadth
  • Plan for Progress
  • Assess and record progress.

It includes all National Curriculum subjects and exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum. Its clear, simple layout splits each subject into four sections:

  • Essential Characteristics
  • Breadth of Study
  • Threshold Concepts
  • Progress Milestones.

Please open the document below which will explain all of these terms in more detail.

Emphasis is placed on quality and the need to work in a variety of approaches. Children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. We also aim to ensure three elements exist within the curriculum throughout the year. We want the children to appreciate the awe and wonder of the world, have a real impact on the community, be it close by or other parts of the world, and have a bearing of people's emotions. For examples of the work undertaken at Brooke Hill Academy, please have a look at our School Class Pages. 

Woven throughout the curriculum, and the broader experiences the children have, is the promotion of fundamental British values. There is an emphasis on promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of the child as well as the broader local community. Understanding where and how a child can, not only fit in but, contribute to making the world a better place is essential for us as a school. 

Learning Flyers of what broad areas we are covering throughout teach term are shared with parents each term and placed on the class pages of our website.

Broad, Balanced and Engaging

Broad Balanced and Engaging


Introduction to the Essentials Curriculum, Content and Yearly Overviews