As a school we endeavour to give all our children access to a broad and balanced curriculum that is personalised to our context and local area. We have high expectations of all our pupils within the classroom, but recognise that this is only part of the learning experience that we offer. We believe in providing a breadth of opportunities for our pupils that will give them the best possible foundations to carry forward into the next stage of their education and the real world.
A balanced, broad and differentiated curriculum is delivered in all classrooms. This consists of the core subjects – English, Maths and Science, and other subjects – Religious Education, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) and Modern Foreign Languages – French (Key Stage 2). The whole school curriculum is mapped out to ensure clear progression, a wide range of skills and no repetition of learning.
All children are given the opportunity to participate in a range of school trips every year, which support and enhance the learning in the classroom. Whenever possible, these are to places of interest in the local area – for instance Year 3 learn about the Romans at the museum in Canterbury; Year 1 visit the Gunpowder Works at Oare as part of a history topic; Year 6 visit various Kent locations when learning about World War II; Year 2 visit a local farm to support learning in science; Year 5 go to Seasalter to support work on coasts and Year 4 complete cross curricular activities at Brogdale Farm linked to mapping skills and mathematics.
Enrichment days are another valued part of the learning experience at Boughton. These are an opportunity for children to completely immerse themselves in their learning through themed days or weeks in their classroom. Children have previously enjoyed a science week, Dahl day, Design and Technology, music, reading for enjoyment and maths days.
In Year 5 and 6 the children have the chance to take part in residential trips: Year 5 children spend two nights at Bewl Water taking in part in a range of water based activities, as well as learning linked to their geography topics of coasts and rivers. Year 6 spend four nights at Hindleap – outdoor-based activities such as orienteering, bushcraft, abseiling, archery and team building form the main part of the week.
As well as celebrating learning in classes, we value learning outside of school. Pupils are invited to share their successes and achievements with their class teachers and in Celebration Assemblies.
We have recently developed the Boughton- under-Blean & Dunkirk Bucket List, which outlines key experiences and skills we feel children at our school should have by the time they leave us in Year 6.