Long Bennington Church of England Academy is an inclusive and welcoming community. We aim to make learning fun, exciting and relevant in order to create happy, enquiring and independent children. Through our curriculum and teaching we will develop confident, responsible and resilient citizens who are able to make a positive contribution to their communities and the wider world. We value and celebrate each member of our school community’s uniqueness and individuality in the eyes of God, by providing a wide range of opportunities we aim to allow all children and adults to fulfil their potential and express their own God given talents.
We are very proud of the exciting curriculum we provide at Long Bennington Church of England Academy. We follow the National Curriculum which we have personalised so that we can ensure we always meet the needs of the children in our school. Our curriculum is enriched by our Vision to make learning fun and relevant in order to create happy, enquiring and independent children. We recognise that we are all blessed with many talents and strive to ensure that through a varied curriculum all children have the opportunity to shine and use their God given talents to the full.
We teach as much of the curriculum through a 'topic based' approach so that we can link the children's learning . As we have some mixed year classes, we work on a two year cycle in Key Stage One and a four year cycle in Key Stage Two so that there is no chance pupils will repeat a topic. Our topics are enriched with fantastic visits and visitors and everyone loves the opportunity to get dressed up and fully emerged into a theme. As it is not always possible to make meaningful links across the breadth of the curriculum, there are parts that are taught discretely. However, it is our full aim to ensure that pupils apply the skills they have learned in purposeful ways, throughout.
Key Stage One
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|2019-20||Our World||Food Glorious Food||Olympics|
|2020-21||The Wheels on the Bus . . .||Back in the Day||I Spy With my Little Eye|
Key Stage Two
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|2019-20||Turrets & Tiaras||Britain During WWII||Ancient Greece & The Olympics|
|2020-21||Rotten Romans||Civil War||River Deep Mountain High|
|2021-22||Stone Age||Tudors||Food of the World|
|2022-23||Vicious Vikings||Extreme Earth||The World Around Us|
Starting with pupils in our Reception classes, we follow the EYFS curriculum which covers seventeen Early Learning Goals in seven key areas of learning. Our pupils learn through planned and purposeful play and through a mix of activities that are led by adults or initiated by the child themselves. Please follow the link to find out more about Reception.
From Year 1 onwards, we follow the current National Curriculum in accordance with legal requirements. This is a nationally set programme in which pupils are formally assessed in the core subjects at the ages of 7 and 11.
The core National Curriculum subjects are:
Alongside these core subjects, we teach the foundation subjects:
Our curriculum also encompasses Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education.
All our pupils have the opportunity to take part in school visits. These may range from a visit within easy walking distance, a day visit further afield or an extended residential stay. Such visits provide first-hand experiences and great pleasure which in turn motivates and stimulates the educational learning process in many areas of the curriculum. The school does rely on parents’ contributions towards transport and entrance fees in order to offer these curriculum enriching visits and their generosity has meant that very few trips have been cancelled.
Residential visits take place in Year 4/5 and Year 6. Year 4/5 pupils experience an outdoor adventurous trip, more recently at PGL and Year 6 pupils experience a more cultural visit, recently in either Northumberland or Cheddar Gorge.