At Berger Primary School we offer a broad and balanced, arts-based learning programme which follows the 2014 National Curriculum.
Below you can find out more about the subjects that we teach. Each half term class teachers will send home a letter outlining the specific curriculum topics that to be covered by each year group in more detail. These can be found in the ‘Classes’ section and then by visiting your child's class page.
Berger’s approach to the curriculum is topic-based in order to ensure that learning is engaging progressive and cohesive. A link to the whole school topic overview and each year group’s half termly ‘Topic Webs’ can be found to the right of this page.
The National Curriculum has four core subjects; English, mathematics, Science and ICT. These provide the main focus for our teaching. Teachers link all subjects, wherever possible, to their termly topics and to each other. They use a wide range of arts based approaches in order to deliver learning. These include visual art, drama, dance, music, outdoor learning and use of media and technology. At Berger we believe that children’s cognitive abilities are improved through their participation in the arts.
There are a further six foundations subjects; Design and Technology, Art, History, Geography, Physical Education and Music which provide a balanced and broad based curriculum. Religious Education is also a compulsory subject but the content is not directed by the Government. PHSCE (Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship education) is an additional area of study which is included within other subjects or where necessary, taught discretely.
The curriculum follows a seven year plan which provides a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding.
Teaching of English builds upon the language experiences and skills which the children bring with them when they enter school. We aim to provide all children with the facility to understand, speak and write English effectively and to the best of their ability. Through speaking and listening children are able to explore the experiences of others as well as extend and modify their own understanding.
Children follow one hour of literacy per day. In addition to this we provide opportunities for extended writing and speaking and listening across all subjects.
More information regarding how we teach reading can be found on our Reading and Phonics page
Mathematics is taught through five daily numeracy lessons following the National Numeracy Strategy. The lesson always includes a mental or oral maths session followed by the teaching focus and finishing with the plenary where the children recap on what they have learned.
There are Information and Technology components within each area of the national curriculum. However, the ICT curriculum has specific skills and knowledge that are taught across the school. Children are taught word processing, handling information, modelling and control skills in both discrete and integrated lessons.
We have a computer suite with interactive whiteboard and each classroom is also equipped with a computer and interactive whiteboard. All computers allow internet access. However, the internet is carefully monitored and a strict filtering system at the Learning Trust prevents access to unsuitable sites.
Science is taught in blocked units except in year 6 where it is taught each week. We follow the QCA documents for science. The main focus is investigative or experimental science alongside factual learning.
We follow the Hackney agreed syllabus for RE which covers aspects of all the major religions of the world. The aim of the syllabus is to promote knowledge and understanding of different religions in this country and to develop the children’s ability to make informed and considered responses to religious and moral issues.
We follow the QCA documents for PE which covers a broad range of activities including gymnastics, athletics, team sports, swimming (in year 5), dance and outdoor activities.
We have specialist PE teachers who deliver the subject. We also provide many after school sports clubs for children in KS2. For health and safety reasons all children are expected to change for PE.
Berger School has ‘ Healthy School’ status and positively encourages all children to be as active as possible, including break times and lunchtimes.
All other subjects follow the QCA schemes of work in order to deliver the aesthetic, creative, human, social and moral learning experiences to produce a balanced curriculum.
Sex education is dealt with through the science curriculum and in other areas to encourage due regard of moral considerations and the value of family life.
Parents may remove their child from the relationship aspect of sex education but may not remove their child from the reproductive aspect of the subject as it is a statutory subject. Parents may request a copy of the sex education policy if they wish.
Modern Foreign Languages
Pupils in KS1 are given the opportunity to learn French. At KS2 the children learn Spanish. The children receive an hour of Spanish every fortnight from a qualified language teacher. The emphasis is on speaking and listening and enjoying using another language. We recognise the importance of bilingualism and want to promote languages across the school.