The school’s curriculum is a medium, which provides a sound and comprehensive education for our pupils. It complements, deepens and sometimes helps to modify the perceived world in which a pupil moves.
At Buttercup Primary we believe that our curriculum should allow equal opportunity of all facets of personal development to flourish. Whether it be, linguistics and literacy, mathematical,scientific,moral, physical, spiritual, creative, social and technological.
Within the school context, teachers will use methods which their skills, training and experiences have determined effective in bringing about each pupils fullest potential. Each pupil will follow a curriculum which is broad based, balanced and designed to emphasise the relevance of the knowledge, skills and understanding, through learning programmes and experiences, and provides continuity of coherent learning experiences as well as progression through the year groups.
The Curriculum offers challenge leading to the highest standards of personal achievement, through recognition of individual needs according to ability and aptitude.
The school curriculum embraces the five outcomes set out in Every Child
Matters – Stay safe; Be healthy; Enjoy and achieve; Achieve economic wellbeing; Make a positive contribution. These outcomes underpin our school aims which are reflected in the curriculum in the following way:
“At Buttercup Primary School the children are at the centre of our school community. We value them as individuals, and aim to:-
- · ‘establish a secure, attractive and stimulating learning environment’
Good order will be maintained throughout the school. Courtesy and respect for each other will be demonstrated by adults and children. There is a behaviour policy with clearly understood rewards and sanctions. School rules exist only to ensure that children stay safe and maintain an
environment in which enjoying learning and achieving can take place. Procedures are in place to deal effectively with any incidents of bullying, discrimination or racist behaviour.
Classrooms are clean and orderly with attractive displays related to learning. Materials and resources for lessons are readily available. Children are encouraged to be independent and interdependent as befits their maturity and circumstances so that they make a positive contribution to their own learning and that of the community. (see also policies for Teaching and Learning and Behaviour)
- · ‘Support all children in achieving their potential through appropriate
challenge and high expectations.
- · enable children to experience success and learn from mistakes.’
Early identification of children’s strengths and weaknesses takes place, so that we can provide appropriate challenge in their learning. Personalised, regular and constructive feedback is given to children about their learning. Targets for the next step in learning are identified and shared with the children so that they learn how to learn. Learning is less likely to take place if mistakes are not made. We, therefore, encourage children to try, even if it means risking failure, and help them to learn from these experiences. We praise children and recognise and celebrate achievements, whenever possible.
The teaching of the curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of all children. As far as possible, teaching methods take account of a variety of learning styles, so that they are effective for all pupils. Homework is set to support learning that takes place in school, and to provide a link between home and school. (see also policies for S.E.N., Gifted and Talented Pupils, Assessment, Marking and Homework)
- · ‘provide a wide variety of academic, artistic, physical and cultural
- · foster a lifelong enthusiasm and enjoyment for learning.’
At Buttercup Primary we are committed to providing a rich variety of experience in the curriculum, so that children will have the opportunity to discuss and develop particular strengths and aptitudes to form the basis of lifelong learning. In addition to securing a solid foundation for learning by ensuring that children are literate and numerate when they leave Buttercup, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum by teaching all the subjects in the National Curriculum in an Islamic environment.
We try to bring our curriculum to life in a variety of ways by providing first hand experiences, whenever possible, arranging educational visits including a year 5 outdoor pursuits residential and creating opportunities for children to participate in, assemblies, festivals and sporting events at school and in the community. Visiting speakers, are invited regularly into school to enrich learning..
Children learn to achieve economic well-being through a variety of enterprise experiences. For example children in Year 1 will organise a café afternoon for their friends and relations. The children will bake cakes using healthy ingredients, set tables, make menus and act as waiters and waitresses taking orders, calculating costs and giving change. , materials cost and profits calculated. All proceeds raised by the children are put towards a ‘fun’ event for them. Children are able to purchase books, to read at home, through a book club scheme.
Through the teaching of the curriculum, children have opportunities to develop skills of research, enquiry and problem solving, all of which can be applied in a variety of contexts. In addition, children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra curricular activities e.g. karate, music, I.C.T., football, cricket, rounders, athletics, swimming, netball, art, drama, multiskills
- · ‘equip children with the skills to access rapidly developing technology’.
The use of Information and Communications Technology is rapidly expanding and society is becoming increasingly information and knowledge based. We endeavour to keep abreast of technological developments that may be used to enhance and personalise children’s learning, and to develop skills so that children are able to manipulate and use information in a variety of ways.
- · ‘develop the citizens of tomorrow as responsible members of the community.
- · develop self-confidence, self-discipline, perseverance and integrity’.
Buttercup Primary school is a community where people are valued. The ethos of our school is such that appropriate opportunities are presented to enable the children to acquire self-confidence and self discipline. Circle time provides opportunities for children to raise and discuss issues that are important to them. Class councils have been established to enable the children to experience a democratic process, listen to each other and to give value to different points of view. A school council meets regularly to represent their peers and to liaise with the adults in the school to improve learning and their environment. Through a comprehensive programme of personal, social and health education, children learn how their positive contributions and actions affect themselves and others. Buttercup supports the care and education of children in countries affected by poverty by fundraising for the Human aid “Schools under the Sky” “Tin and Rice ” project by the Ensign centre. The children organise their own fund raising events, on a regular basis, to benefit children through this charity. They also conduct other fundraising events to support other different charities of their choice.
Care of the environment is encouraged through the reducing, reusing and recycling of materials such as Paper, Eid cards, toner cartridges andmobile phones. Good health is encouraged by enabling children to bring water bottles to school, for consumption throughout the day, and also fruit and/or vegetables for a mid-morning snack.
- · ‘develop an understanding of the world and respect for other creeds and cultures.’
We are conscious of the need to expose our children to cultures other than their own, in order for them to appreciate the richness of a variety of customs and civilisations. Children’s understanding of the world is promoted through
the teaching of subjects in the humanities e.g. geography and history. This is enhanced by the use of a wide range of resources to bring the outside world into the classroom and through visits to other places.
The use of positive role models from other cultures is incorporated within our history curriculum, to demonstrate the impact of people, on the world.
Respect for creeds and cultures are an inherent part of our collective worship and Religious Education syllabus. People from different cultural backgrounds are invited into school to support the curriculum e.g. staging drama productions, making chapattis, as part of work in technology.
- · ‘work closely with parents and the wider community to promote children’s learning.’
We value our relationship with parents and recognise that working in co-operation promotes mutual understanding to the benefit of the children. Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s teacher about any matters of concern. Similarly, teachers will raise any concerns with parents at an early stage.
In addition to an annual written report, two meetings are arranged for parents each year to discuss their child’s progress. Information about the curriculum is sent to parents at the start of each half term and opportunities are made to enable parents to discuss any queries arising from this. At the start of each year, class teachers lead a meeting for parents of their pupils to share information about curriculum and procedures. Meetings with parents are also arranged to promote reading at home. Newsletters are sent regularly to parents. A support group for parents in managing children’s behaviour at home takes place each year; this year in partnership with our local Mosque
Parentmail will be introduced in order to improve communication between the school and home. E-mail contact is growing enabling a faster and direct method of contact. Many parents help the school in a voluntary capacity by supporting work in class, assisting with extra curricular activities and accompanying educational visits.
The Buttercup Primary Friends Association (PTA) organises a variety of events throughout the year for adults and children, not only providing fun, but also raising significant funds for pupils’ benefit.
Community representatives from the police, health, fire and transport services regularly visit school to support children’s learning. In addition to this, community organisations also provide extra curricular opportunities e.g. karate, football, cricket and tennis. Our school regularly support community groups such as the opening of local shops and refurbishment of the community centre.
Childhood does not last long. At Buttercup we not only work hard but also recognise that there is a place for fun in our lives.