Our Curriculum

At The Bridge School the children follow the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum. These are adapted to ensure each child can access learning presented in a way that meets their individual needs. We spend time teaching the children the skills they will need to live a full and interesting life, as independently as they are able.

Various teaching styles, lots of different, stimulating resources and educational visits outside of the classroom or the school, also support the children in their learning. All children have Individual Education Plans to support their development. Individualised Care Plans, and Eating and Drinking programmes are integrated into the school day.

The timetable includes a subject based teaching element for key areas of the curriculum and a cross curricular programme of topic based work through which the remaining areas are taught.
Sex education is fully integrated into the curriculum and not isolated, taken out of context, or over-emphasised. The school works in close co-operation with the Birmingham Health Education Unit and uses materials such as `My Body' and `Health for Life' which they recommend and which are widely used in Birmingham schools.

Religious Education is provided and a daily act of collective worship forms an integral part of school life. The School is non-denominational and assemblies usually have a religious and moral element, providing an understanding of Christianity and other major world religions.

The Thematic Approach

The thematic approach to Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music adopted by The Bridge School provides opportunities for every element of the National Curriculum requirements to be studied in contexts that enable relevant and stimulating early learning, exploration and investigation that can be consolidated, embedded and extended throughout the Key Stages supported through a Local Curriculum that is interwoven to provide real experiences, enable personal development and which promotes British Values.

Literacy and Communication

Literacy and communication are central to our children’s learning and at the heart of everything we do at The Bridge School. Communication is the passing of meaningful information between two or more people using all available means. At The Bridge School we are committed to providing a total communication environment promoting breadth of opportunities for communication throughout every day. We believe in recognising and responding to all forms of communication from pupils. We use gestures objects, photos, symbols, Makaton signs and the spoken word to provide children with opportunities to understand what is being said to them and express their feelings, needs, wants, choices and answers. Our teachers plan and personalise learning to give children opportunities to communicate in a way that is appropriate for them. It is the main way for children to develop their thoughts, feelings and ideas as well as their language expertise. Speaking and listening are fundamental to this development and our teachers plan for opportunities for children to take part in speaking and listening activities at an appropriate level as well as through drama and role-play.

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Mathematics

The mathematics teaching at The Bridge School is geared towards enabling each pupil to develop within their capabilities the mathematical skills and understanding required throughout life. We aim to increase pupils’ confidence in maths so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of maths. We are continually aiming to raise the standards of achievement.

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Our Curriculum

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The Bridge School Curriculum Offer 581.48 KB 82 downloads

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Other Documents

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The Birmingham Curriculum Statement 320.48 KB 10 downloads

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British Values

At The Bridge School the staff and children promote and practice British Values across the curriculum and in all we do every day as part of our immersion in the principles set out in the Birmingham Curriculum Statement and our British Values overview.