Curriculum

The children and staff at Belchamp St Paul are proud of their Christian foundations. The values of hope, respect, compassion and courage are at the heart of all that we do as we strive to see Christianity reflected in the words and actions of all within our school.

Our curriculum is broad and ambitious and is designed to support not only academic success but also to foster creativity, problem solving and resilience, as well as physical development. We believe in the holistic development of our children. This is achieved not only by focussing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the ‘national curriculum’ but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ.  We aim to provide both individual and collaborative learning experiences, encourage a sense of responsibility and provide challenges that take them beyond the classroom. 

As a small rural school, we have classes of mixed-age groups from reception to Year 6. The table below shows how these are organised.

Wrens

RobinsMerlins

Kestrels

EYFS

Years 1 & 2Years 3 & 4Years 5 & 6
Early Learning Goals

KS1 Curriculum

KS2 Curriculum

The school’s curriculum is therefore designed to be taught over two yearly cycles ensuring coverage and progression of skills. Our school is an integral part of village life and the community informs and influences much of our curriculum provision as we respond to the needs and interests of learners. We enrich the pupils’ curriculum experience by drawing upon our local historical and geographical heritage, raising awareness of issues within the local area and by utilising the skills and passions within our lovely community. As well as this, our curriculum is designed to be outward-looking to both the national and global picture.  In this way, we encourage children to be both curious about and appreciative of the wider world to which they belong and to explore opportunities and experiences beyond Belchamp.

Building confidence and equipping children with the skills they need to be successful are our primary aims both in and outside the classroom. We encourage our children to be open about their feelings and emotions and good mental health is a top priority for both children and staff. Mindfulness is practised in different ways throughout the school including through prayer. We also promote physical health and wellbeing through a variety of initiatives and embedded practices including the Daily Mile, Forest School, Local Walks, and Whole School Cross Country.  At the heart of our curriculum is the belief that through encouragement and the right opportunities, children of all abilities will thrive, enabling them to find their feet, their strengths and their voice.

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The Education Act 2002 sets out the statutory duties which all schools, including academies, are

required to meet:

‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

– promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the

school and of society

-prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’

The DfE released statutory guidance under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which became mandatory in September 2020.Within this guidance, Relationships Education and Health Education is compulsory in all primary schools and the DfE recommends that all primary schools have a sex education programme. Sex Education (apart from aspects of the science curriculum) is not compulsory in primary schools and under current legislation, children can be withdrawn from the part of RSE that falls outside the compulsory elements contained in the Science element of the National Curriculum.

We hope that parents and carers will be confident of the care and consideration that has gone into the RSE developed in our school and will therefore support our programme, but invite anyone who wishes to exercise the right to withdraw to make an appointment to come in to discuss it further, when we can explore any concerns that you have.

Staff and governors have worked together to develop the RSE programme that we deliver to learners across the school. Our RSE policy is available for viewing on our website.  At Belchamp St Paul, we use the very successful Christopher Winters Project to underpin our RSE learning in school. Below is an overview of the scheme of work across the school and then a further breakdown by year group. Content is then tailored for each year group within our classes.  We want to ensure that all parents and carers are fully and properly informed and we are happy to answer any questions and to share any of the materials that we use.

SRE Overview BSP