At Brookside Primary School we offer a curriculum that is rich and exciting. The staff here work hard to make learning relevant and fun – and our pupils thrive as a result.
We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception Class and the National Curriculum from Year One to Year Six. Links to both documents can be found below:
Statutory Framework For Early Years Foundation
The Primary National Curriculum In England
Teachers link together the skills and knowledge the pupils are required to learn into ‘themes’ or ‘topics’, which makes the learning more relevant and real for the children. Topics include learning taken from the relevant curriculum but are tailored to reflect the needs and interests of each class. First hand experiences are at the heart of each topic and the children regularly go off-site to visit other places or have expert visitors into school. For further information about the learning that is taking place in each class, visit the class pages where the teachers post details of their class topics and enrichment activities.
English & Maths (Including details of how we teach Reading & Phonics)
English and MathematicsThese are the main methods we use to teach children to read:
Story Reading and TellingStaff read regularly to the children from stories, poems, nursery rhymes, and more. From Year 2 onwards, each class will listen to their teacher read regularly from a class novel.
PhonicsThis is where the children are taught about letter sounds and shapes, and which letters (or groups of letters) make which sounds. Children are taught to say the sound, and recognise the letter (or group of letters) that makes that sound. However, using phonics to help you read is not just about knowing the sounds that the letters make. The children have to learn how to blend those individual sounds together to read words. For example, c-a-t blended together says ‘cat’ and sh-o-p says ‘shop’.
The local authority has produced a booklet to support parents in their understanding of phonics teaching and learning. A copy can be downloaded here:
In Reception Class, Year One and Year Two the children have a twenty minute phonics session every day. The sessions are delivered by the teachers and teaching assistants in the Infants. The children are grouped for phonics according to what they know and can do. This means that they are taught specific next steps in groups. An overview of the sequence of teaching in phonics can be found here:
Progression In Phonics
Each term the Headteacher and Deputy head meet with class teachers to evaluate progress in phonics and the groups are adjusted to reflect the progress that the children are making. If a child is struggling, specific intervention will be put in place to prevent them from falling behind. For some children with Special Educational Needs, phonics targets will be included in their individual Education Plans. This means that they may be taught phonics one-to-one with an adult.
For a very small number of children, learning to read through phonics may not be an appropriate method. For example if a child is hearing impaired or has a specific learning difficulty. Adjusted or alternative provision is made to meet the needs of such children.
We use a combination of different reading schemes to support our children develop their skills in phonics , reading and comprehension. These include the following schemes as well as a whole range of popular children’s stories and age appropriate novels.
Pearson Phonics Bug, Heineman Rigby Star, Heineman Rigby Rocket, Ginn: All Aboard, Collins Big
Cat, Heineman Storyworld, Heineman Rigby Navigator Max, Literacy Links and Oxford Tree tops.
Common Exception words (High Frequency Words) Children are taught to read common exception words on sight, through the use of flashcards and games.
Guided Reading Guided Reading is when a group of about six children, all of a similar ability, work with the teacher on their next steps for learning in reading. The children all have the same book and will be working on either applying their phonic knowledge or developing their comprehension. This is where a lot of teaching of reading takes place as the teachers work very closely with the children on their reading targets. The children are grouped within their classes according to their reading ability and will take part in a guided reading session with their teacher at least twice a week in EYFS and KS1 and at least once a week in Key Stage 2.
Home Reading Each child will have a home reading book which they have chosen themselves from a selection either in the main corridor or in their classroom. Our home reading books are banded by colour and the colours are linked to the children’s reading levels, meaning that they should be choosing a book from a selection that is well-matched to their reading ability. Home reading books are a little easier that the ones they read in the Guided Reading sessions. This is because Guided Reading is for learning new skills and home reading is for practising them.
Daily literacy sessions take place in all classes where children are taught the skills that they need to become thoughtful and imaginative writers. Writing is taught through units of work, which each focus on a specific type of text, e.g. recounts, instructions, fairy tales, etc. The units take the children from reading and analysing examples of that particular text type, to developing their ideas then writing their own. As well as being taught to voice and improve their ideas, the children learn specific grammar, punctuation and spelling skills within each year group. Details of the learning expected in each class can be found on their page in the ‘Classes’ section of the website.
Children are encouraged to present their ideas in a variety of formats, not simply in their exercise books. These could be leaflets, posters, published books for our library or powerpoint, etc. We believe that this helps the children to see themselves as writing for a real purpose.
Handwriting is taught using the ‘little and often’ philosophy. The children are introduced to letters with a ‘flick’ in Reception Class with a more formal cursive writing style being introduced in Year 1 depending on the ability of the child. Sometime during Year Five , each child will earn their ‘Pen License’, which means that they move from writing with a pencil to a pen. The children are very proud when they achieve this. Pens and certificates are presented in Celebration Assemblies.
Mathematics is taught for 50 minutes to an hour daily, in each class, following the Lancashire suggested scheme of work. Teachers ensure that learning in mathematics is set in real-life contexts to inspire and enthuse the children. The Key Skills to be taught in each year group can be found on the class pages. Our written and mental calculations policies can be found in the Downloads section of our website.
Policies and Schemes
Attendance Policy September 2016
Behaviour Policy Summer 2017
Brookside Collection Of Children Policy Sept 2017
Brookside Primary School Online Safety Policy 2017
Child Protection And Safeguarding Policy 2017
Home School Agreement September 2016
Policy On Care And Control Of Pupils September 2016
Equality 2015 2018 Action Plan 2017 2018
Charging And Remissions Policy 2016
Complaints Procedure 2017
SEN Policy 2017
Please remember to remind yourselves and your children of our Home School Agreement which we all signed when your children started Brookside Primary School. At the start of each term would be a good time to do this.
Home School Agreement
For more detail about our school policies that the Home School Agreement is based upon, please see below.
Attendance from Sept 2013
Pupil Premium Strategy 2016 2017
Brookside Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
As part of Brookside Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.