This Term’s Curriculum
Foundation Stage: Are We There Yet?
Year 1: Dinosaur Planet
Year 2: Wriggle and Crawl
Year 3: Tremors
Year 4: Misty Mountain Sierra
Year 5: Off With Her Head
Our classrooms are no longer rooms full of tables and chairs but fitness studios, laboratories, air raid shelters, the Antarctic landscape, the Giant’s Castle, Stig’s Den, Shakespeare’s Globe, Victorian workhouses – the possibilities are endless!
Each class has its own mini-ICT suite so that children can use technology to support their learning all day every day. Pupils will be able to record their learning on iPads and then create animated films as evidence. Interactive displays and Topic Books stimulate the environment and make the learning a permanent memory.
The creative curriculum is how we find children learn best. A number of activities and tasks are planned as part of the weekly diet. There are essential tasks which must be completed as well as extra activities which can be selected by our independent learners. Teachers are experienced at teaching not only whole class but small groups to ensure all learning is targeted to the needs of the individuals and the children enjoy discovering more about our world.
For a more detailed overview of topic coverage in the current term, have a look at the class blogs. You will also find details of our curriculum in the curriculum section and the school prospectus.
Through the creative curriculum, we ensure that we cover the Programmes of Study from the Primary Curriculum 2014
Language learning is an important aspect of the Springfield curriculum. Staff are invited to speak at national events as the success in this area has been highlighted by OFSTED and other language experts. The children learn Italian and Mandarin from Reception using songs, stories and games. We have the expertise of an Italian teacher from the Italian Consulate as well as a number of bilingual Italian, Chinese teachers and others who have worked hard to learn with the children. With all Kempston schools, we have secured the support of the British Council and have employed two Chinese Language Assistants to assist us with this project for the last two years.
Physical education and music are also considered important at Springfield. We offer specialist PE lessons to all children in Key Stage 1 and 2 and sports clubs provided by Premier Sport teacher All children have the possibility of learning an instrument in Year 4, and Year 3 participate in Sing On where a professional singing teacher works with the children over a term and they then perform with other schools at the Corn Exchange in Bedford to an audience of parents.