Foundation Subjects

History is ‘brought to life’ by the active engagement of children in historical enquiry through drama, visits, interviews and the use of a range of sources, including artefacts, for research. Children study the lives of people, past and present, and key events, in order to develop a sense of chronology and the order in which history unfolds. A thoughtful, enquiring approach to interpreting the past is encouraged, so that children may begin to understand from where they have come.

Children are taught the skills of geographical enquiry and use maps, photographs, digital technologies, globes and first hand fieldwork to answer key questions including: Where is this place? What is it like? How and why is it changing? How does this place compare with other places? How and why are places connected? In global citizenship children earn about the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. They also consider the effect that man has on the environment and how, as citizens, they have a responsibility to look after it.

Key concepts include:

Locational knowledge  (naming, locating places, countries, things of geographical significance (equator etc)

Place knowledge(comparing geographical features of 2 places)

Human and physical geography

Geographical skills and fieldwork  (using  maps etc compass use, grid references. Local area – observe, measure, record human and physical features.)

Art, for most children, is a natural form of expression, a means of communication and a source of great pleasure. Art helps children to observe, and interact with, their environment and to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. At Brampton Village Primary children are encouraged to experiment with and investigate a wide range of media such as pencils, pastels, paint, charcoal, print, textiles and clay and to learn about the place of art and artists, both past and present.

Music plays an important part in the life of the school; it is an expressive subject and pupils are encouraged to be creative through music making. We aim to encourage and develop the children’s understanding and enjoyment of music through active involvement in singing, performing, composing and listening.

Children are encouraged to develop their talents and enthusiasm through extra curricular activities. A children’s choir and orchestra meet weekly. Peripatetic teachers visit the school and give lessons on the piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, guitar, percussion and a variety of brass instruments. Full details of instrumental music lessons are available from the office.

Problem solving is at the heart of Design and Technology and it can be one of the few subjects where there is no right answer. The children draw inspiration and ideas from reflecting on existing products and apply this knowledge to creatively solving real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The subject provides opportunity for collaboration, creativity and risk taking – skills that are essential for life long learning.

In Computing our aim is to equip children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has strong links with Maths, Science and Design Technology too. The core of computing is computer science; understanding how information technology and digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. We use programmable toys and age-appropriate programming software to understand how we can create, affect and change elements of the world around us. Children need to be digitally literate (be able to use and express themselves and develop ideas through IT) for the future workplace; we learn how to present and share our ideas in a variety of ways, including communication and blogging, use of multimedia, and giving successful presentations via both laptop, desktop or touchscreen tablet. A vital aspect of our curriculum is to demonstrate responsible e-safety to enable them to be SAFE and active participants in a digital world; our learning platform STARZ will help children to acquire these essential skills.

Through our high-quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum, we aim to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Children are provided with opportunities to become physically confident through experiencing a range of creative, competitive and challenging activities and sports. We believe that proving opportunities to compete in sports helps to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident; they have access to a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Pupils in Key Stage 2 continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills; they have opportunities to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.

Children in Year 3 receive swimming instruction at the local swimming pool whilst pupils in Years 4 and 6 have the opportunity to go on residential trips. The latter incorporate elements of outdoor and adventurous activities which enhance our PE curriculum. Brampton School is part of the Hinchingbrooke School Sports Partnership so specialist sports coaches teach units of work in PE from time to time.

The school runs a variety of extra curricular sports clubs. Children attending these clubs often compete against other local schools in tournaments or friendly matches as part of the School Games proforma.

In Modern Foreign Languages we teach Spanish in Key Stage 2 so that they are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence and creative skills. We strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries. we strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. The choice of Spanish links with our local Secondary School to enable a smooth transition for the children when they move on.