Curriculum & Assessment Information
Our Bridge Learning Campus Curriculum
We recognise the transformational qualities and positive impact that an excellent education can have on our students. Our vision is to provide an excellent education and inspire a passion for lifelong learning, so that the young people we serve leave our care confident to take on the challenges from life as a twenty-first century citizen.
These pages set out why and how we’ve tailored a curriculum for our community, overviews for the school, primary and secondary education and details on subject areas.
Our unique learning experience
As children begin their education journey with us at age four or younger, right through to 16, we’re in a unique position to use the latest pedagogical research to offer a tailored curriculum and the expertise of a wide range of education and other professionals.
We appreciate that the young people we work with come from a variety of different backgrounds and may have faced significant challenges throughout their lives. Our curriculum has been designed so that students have a holistic educational programme that focuses on the importance of developing a breadth and depth of knowledge whilst building oracy, literacy skills and cultural capital.
Our vision for the student experience
All students will:
- Have an experience tailored to their individual needs.
- Develop a set of core skills and dispositions that will allow them to apply themselves to challenges at any academic level.
- Confidently link ideas and concepts through our mastery curriculum - drawing on prior knowledge and utilising this, in addition to newly acquired information, to apply their understanding to new situations across a wide variety of subjects.
- Be able to study independently, using both class and homework effectively to aid the retrieval and use of information across a broad range of curriculum strands.
- Be able to express their ideas and opinions confidently and articulately, to a wide variety of audiences.
- Be equipped with excellent cultural capital, ensuring that they are able to be socially mobile and putting them on par with people from all academic backgrounds.
Why we focus on key skills and dispositions:
Every subject area has identified the unique gifts that they can give to our students, and these have been woven throughout the curriculum as the key skills and dispositions that every subject teaches our children and young people. These core skills and dispositions are interlinked with the knowledge and understanding children will be covering as they work through the carefully designed mastery curriculum. From becoming a passionate reader in English, through analytical thought in humanities, to problem solving in science and maths, significant importance has been placed on using knowledge and skills in the curriculum to make sour our students can adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world
Cognitive science and teaching practice:
In order to ensure that the knowledge, key skills and dispositions are being taught well, we will continue to use cutting edge research, in conjunction with the experience of our staff, to continually improve the teaching methods across the campus.
All teaching and learning continuing professional development (CPD) is research based, and this research is primarily centred around using aspects of cognitive science to aid learning. The activities below are a brief outline of the teaching and learning work we have implemented so far.
- CPD on the latest science related to learning.
- Robust home learning policy
- Knowledge organisers - for students to use in and out of the classroom, to aid students recall and retrieval.
- Embedding homework into daily reviews and lesson work.
- Gateway lessons to catch up students and ensure that they can access work at all levels, no matter their starting point with the curriculum content.
The core curriculum
Alongside the focus on key skills and dispositions, we cover the National Curriculum content using a mastery approach to learning. There is a clear emphasis on the crucial skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and oracy as these aspects of the curriculum are vital. Students rely on these cornerstones of their education in a multitude of ways at all key stages.
Our Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) and primary students are taught using an innovative enquiry-based curriculum, called Curious City. This programme is based around big questions, which allow students to explore the interlinking areas of the curriculum, leading them on an exciting journey of discovery. This approach allows us to use a combination of experiential learning which anchors knowledge and skills, so that students have lots of opportunities to apply their understanding to different contexts and situations.
Our secondary curriculum covers a broad range of subjects, and we offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications, which have been selected to allow students to follow their own paths on leaving school. The majority of subjects follow a traditional three-year key stage three programme, which allows students to build a solid foundation for further study in the later key stages. The only exceptions are English, maths and science, which follow a five-year curriculum and do not require options choices. When students are required to choose their option courses in year nine, we offer a tailored consultation programme, to quality assure this process and enable students to make the best choices for their future. We continually review the courses on offer, to provide the very best experience for the students.