Our Curriculum

In our school vision we aspire to "create a community that values the individual; to provide each child with the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth; and to ensure that each child’s achievements reflect his or her full potential in the aim for excellence". We aim, therefore, to stimulate and develop in every child the ability to discover and acquire the essential skills, knowledge and understanding in a friendly and supportive environment.

CURRICULUM

Our Ethos

Robert Bloomfield - Curriculum AreasOur principle aims are embodied in the phrase "Community, Opportunity and Excellence", and the outcomes of the "Every Child Matters" legislation. Academic targets are set in the context of the National Curriculum and the associated levels of attainment. Each year the school sets targets for achievement. Some of these are negotiated with the Local Authority, such as the percentage of pupils achieving a national curriculum level. Others are qualitative targets, set by teachers and governors. These are reviewed each year in our school development plan. Pupils have clear curricular targets which guide their progress.

Academic Organisation

Robert Bloomfield is divided into four year groups, years 5 to 8. Each of these is then split into two bands for the purposes of timetabling. We ability "set" in core subjects from year 6 onwards. In Year 5 we pursue elements of the themed "creative curriculum", following on the excellent work of our Lower Schools. We also pursue the personalised curriculum in Year 8 with a wide range of "option" courses. We are also very proud of the extensive enrichment of the curriculum, clubs, residential visits and activities generously provided by the staff.

We offer a cohesive curriculum encompassing the following curricular areas, as laid down under the National Curriculum:

Core Subjects

English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Foundation Subjects

French , Geography and History, Religious Education, Music, Design & Technology (Food, Fabric and Resistant Materials), Physical Education, Art, Dance and Drama.

Year 8 Options

French, Spanish, German, Italian, Masterchef, GCSE Art, Food/Manufacturing, Dance, Drama, Games, Sports Leaders, Engineering, Media, Electronics, Keyboard skills.

Cross-Curricular

ICT, Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE), Individual Needs (SEN), Environmental Education, Gifted and Talented provision.

 

High standards of achievement and excellence are sought for pupils throughout their life at Robert Bloomfield and the aim and objectives of the school clearly reflect these aspects.

Our aim is that by the end of year 8, pupils will have made progress, commensurate with their ability, towards achieving the following:

  • Develop competence in Literacy and Numeracy commensurate with the child’s potential:
    a) To listen, understand and read; to express themselves coherently, both orally and in writing, with good standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
    b) To learn, understand and use a variety of mathematical skills, concepts and processes.
  • Learn, understand and use a variety of scientific and technical skills, concepts and processes.
  • Develop an understanding, appreciation and awareness of physical, human and historical influences; how they have been developed and how change has come about.
  • Use their initiative to plan and to develop projects, making informed choices both independently and as a member of a team; to consider responsibly the consequences of their actions.
  • Express themselves creatively and confidently through a variety of media.
  • Develop control, co-ordination and mobility and be stimulated in the development of knowledge, understanding and attitudes in a range of physical and practical activities.
  • Search for, select and organise information and to record and use findings in a variety of ways, including ICT.
  • Develop personal moral values and acceptable standards of behaviour, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races, religions, faith traditions and ways of life.