Our Curriculum

What curriculum is my child being taught?

Braywood CE First School is a place of life long learning where the whole school community strives to provide an excellent holistic education. A place where challenging and achievable expectations are set within a safe, secure and happy environment through a fundamental Christian ethos. 

Our creative curriculum is designed to stimulate learning of all kinds through enriched, broad and relevant subject choices. It essentially reflects our belief that children need to be curious, keen to explore and question their world, they will, after all, be the custodians of the future. All subjects are important and play a part in a child’s holistic education. 

The ‘Little Acorns’ foundation stage acts as a bridge between home and school- a happy introduction into school life. During the Early Years a stimulating learning environment through play delivers all curriculum areas including phonics, early reading and mathematics skills. The curriculum is offered through different themes often led by the children. 

At the core of our curriculum is the belief that all children must become expert readers and competent in the basic skills of writing and mathematics. We are very proficient in teaching these skills and are proud of the positive impact this has on our pupils. Highly qualified and trained adults, smaller teaching groups and accountable success criteria are key to our success. All subjects are associated with our topic areas. Through this comprehensive curriculum there is a clear purpose to the learning through specific project goals on an international stage. The programme is lots of fun with ‘wow’ days, associated trips and visitors with an overarching sense of real purpose in the work. 

The curriculum is not just about the timetabled subjects, we ensure we have a wide choice of extra-curricular clubs for children to participate in covering the Arts, Sport, Environmental Studies and recreational pursuits. Peripatetic music specialists visit the school once a week to offer instruction in a variety of musical instruments. The ability to present in front of an audience is fundamental and children have many opportunities to lead, sing or perform in front of an audience. The Forest School experience is key to our problem solving, team building and building resilience in our children.

Below are our curriculum plans for the whole school including our school timetable, the National Curriculum and our specific planning documents.