Language is the means by which we communicate. Achieving competence in speaking, listening, reading and writing is a vital part of a pupil's education. Without effective language teaching, a pupil's capacity to succeed throughout the whole curriculum is limited.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
The department is housed in four laboratories; two high spec "Faraday Labs" and two upgraded general science laboratories. We also have use of a more traditional classroom for theory based teaching and learning. A range of whiteboard technology, video feeds and ICT resources, including regular use or iPads, are provided across the department to support learning.
Modern Foreign Languages: All pupils learn French throughout their time at Robert Bloomfield. In years 5 & 6 they have one hour per week and in years 7 & 8 this increases to 2 hours per week, plus an hour of their options language.
Engineering is a combination of Computer Science, Design Technology and Graphic Design drawn together into a themed, cohesive subject that looks to build on the skills of our students in a number of areas.
We use the successful and very popular Switched on Computing course with our Key Stage 2 children. This provides six half-term projects each year for the children to work on. The topics cover a wide range of modern Computing themes and are designed to engage and challenge the students.
In Design and Technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.
The Art Department at Robert Bloomfield encourages all students to work to the best of their ability. Students have the opportunity to work in a large variety of materials including print making, ceramics and face painting. They are introduced to the works of artists, craftspeople and Art movements (including Art from other cultures) through a variety of activities.
Pupils are taught in form groups and cover a wide range of historical and geographical topics. These include the Victorians, Rainforests and the Tudors. Humanities at KS2 works very closely with the English department to ensure pupils are developing their reading and writing skills through engaging topic areas. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities for pupils to participate in, including the popular visit in Year 6 to the Black Country Museum.
Pupils in years 5 and 6 receive 1 x one-hour class music lesson per week. In years 7 and 8 music is taught as part of the Life Skills rotation alongside Food, E4L and Textiles. The following music options are also offered to pupils in years 7 and 8: Music Technology (yr8), Song writing, composing and musicianship (yr8), Guitar workshop (yr8) and Rock Band (yr7 and yr8).
PE and school sport play a pivotal role within the school. PE is used as a vehicle to drive our motto of Community, Opportunity and Excellence, in turn helping to create the positive attitude to learning and success that is evident throughout the school.
In the Performing Arts Department we recognise the importance of artistic expression in our pursuit of excellence. We provide opportunities for all pupils to be involved within core curriculum and encourage children to take part in our wide range of extra curricular activities; including whole school productions, gymnastics and dance showcases and dance inter-form competitions.
At Robert Bloomfield, R.E. is taught according to the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus and incorporating the school's own existing practice. The Bedfordshire and Luton syllabus was revised in 2012 and is informed by the non-statutory framework for R.E. This syllabus and the schemes taught at RBA, in line with The Education Act 1996, reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teachings and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
Personal, social, health and citizenship education deals with many real life issues young people face as they grow up. It gives them the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and members of society.
At Key Stage 3, there are many aspects of R.E. and P.S.H.C.E. which are similar, resulting in the two subjects being merged into E4L - Education for Life. This is a very similar structure to the way in which these curriculum areas are taught in some upper schools. Pupils receive hourly lessons throughout the year covering a variety of topics (see Key Stage 3). Most of the units last half a term and may have a stronger R.E. or P.S.H.C.E. focus.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, our students have the opportunity to take part in Options subjects, studying an extra language or taking part in a course that they may ultimately look to study at GCSE.