Work hard, be kind, seek adventure
At Badby School we are passionate about working with parents to ensure all children achieve their full potential in all areas of their learning. Lessons are delivered in line with children’s individual needs and every child is tracked to ensure they make maximum progress each year. Parents are encouraged to share in children’s successes through our Home/School communication books, use of ClassDojo and regular meetings throughout the year. All of our lessons focus on embedding skills and applying knowledge and all children are encouraged to work towards greater independence and develop a greater depth understanding of what has been taught. Reading is taught from Foundation Stage through to Y6 on a daily basis. All children have individual reading with their class teaching staff as well as guided reading, independent reading and group reading. We assess children informally and formally using focused comprehension and textual analysis lessons. Daily phonics sessions are delivered in KS1 and EYFS and for those children who are still working on phonics strategies in KS2. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics using a variety of resources such as Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, but we supplement with books from other schemes within our book band system. Children are encouraged to take advantage of ‘choosing books’ alongside their home readers to help foster a love of reading.
Maths teaching and learning is strong at Badby School. We believe that children should learn to love maths and problem solving in the same way as they learn to love reading. In order to promote maths as a subject that all of our children can access, we hold curriculum enrichment weeks where maths is presented in a real life context. We also ensure that all children have an opportunity to secure understanding of mathematical concepts at a ‘Greater Depth’ level by making our groupings fluid and assessing informally throughout the lesson so children are taught what they need to make the next step in learning.
We have developed our curriculum using an enquiry-based approach which makes learning more meaningful through cross-curricular links. Our imaginative curriculum builds on pupils’ skills and knowledge as they move through the school. It meets the needs and interests of all pupils because it is effectively linked to national and local events whilst ensuring coverage of the Primary National Curriculum. Teachers present exciting activities which fire pupils’ enthusiasm alongside real life experiences, which includes trips and visitors. In addition, regular, whole school events enables us to all learn together and promote skills and talents not always explored in our day to day curriculum. Such examples are: The Great Badby Bake Off; Badby’s Got Talent; Enterprise Week; World Book Day; Badby Sports’ Day; Art Days; International Dance Day; European Languages Day.
Each class investigates at least 3 and up to 6 topics a year, leading with a focus on what children want to find out. The topics are cross-curricular, incorporating as many different subjects as is possible, but there is a strong emphasis on embedding the basic skills of reading, writing, science and maths.
Teachers are passionate about PE at Badby School. Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 is taught PE twice a week. We follow the RealPE scheme of work as well as weaving in the skills and rules of a range of popular sports. In EYFS, physical development is a core area of learning and physical activity is planned for every day. As well as learning a range of skills and games, children have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of extra curricular sports activities and tournaments. Swimming is taught from Y3, with non-swimmers having further lessons as they progress through KS2.
PSHE and mindfulness is another key feature of our curriculum and we have adopted the Jigsaw Scheme of work and policy. We believe that happy children learn best and that there should be a good balance of core and foundation subjects. We want our children to be feel valued, resilient and confident in their many talents.