At Berger Primary School children are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.
In our school we seek to ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered to all children, regardless of social background, race, gender or differences in ability. All are entitled to the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes. To enrich the curriculum for our children, we also offer a range of educational visits and other activities that add to what they learn in school.
The National Curriculum defines what we teach the children in school. This is the basis for each class’s programme of learning for each school year. In addition teachers and governors agree the corresponding programme of visits and activities in advance of each academic year.
Within each class’s programme of work the teachers may plan educational visits and activities that support the children’s learning. We give details of these visits and activities to parents as far in advance as possible and other activities as the school year progresses, and inform parents of these in due course.
Visits and activities usually take place within the school day, and the governing body approves all visits in advance. We follow the Local Authorities guidelines relating to health and safety, and we ask parents to give written permission for their child to take part in any activity that takes children off the school site. If we do not receive this written permission, the child will be unable to participate.
All educational visits and activities support and enrich the work we do in school. There is also a number of people who visit the school to support our work. Some visits relate directly to areas of learning for individual classes, whilst others relate to all our children.
For each subject in the curriculum there is a corresponding programme of activities which includes visits by specialists. All these activities are in line with guidance published by the Local Authority:
- English – theatre visits, visits by authors, poets and theatre groups;
- science – use of the school grounds, visits to botanical gardens;
- mathematics – use of shape and number trails in the local environment;
- history – castle visits, study of local housing patterns, local museums;
- geography – use of the locality for fieldwork, village trails;
- art and design – art gallery visits, use of the locality;
- PE – range of sporting fixtures, extra-curricular activities, visits by specialist coaches;
- music – range of specialist music teaching, extra-curricular activities, local schools’ orchestra, concerts for parents to hear;
- design and technology – visits to local factories/design centres;
- ICT – its use in local shops/libraries/secondary schools etc;
- RE – visits to local centres of worship, visits by local clergy.
Children in Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit to PGL at the Weymouth & Portland. The residential visit enables children to take part in outdoor and adventure activities as part of their PE work. All specialist activities are undertaken with qualified instructors.