At Brookside Primary, we are committed to delivering a curriculum which is broad and balanced, rich and varied, being flexible and responsive to each child’s wider needs.
To this end, Brookside Primary School meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2. Equally, there is great emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, particularly at the Foundation Stage where the outdoor environment is an essential resource in planning curriculum activities. As the children get older, so the opportunities to offer first hand practical experiences within the wider community increase. This includes special visits, educational trips and residentials.
Our school is guided by the principles, values and policies, which have delivered success for learners consistently across The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust (The Trust). As such, one of our fundamental beliefs is that children thrive in educational settings where they are each known as individuals. Brookside Primary is committed to ensuring that members of staff actively engage with parents, guardians and carers in planning each child’s learning journey.
We aim for all of our children to foster the enjoyment of learning through reading for pleasure and reading for life, acquiring key skills that will benefit them across all subject areas and allowing them to become independent, motivated learners.
Our curriculum enables our pupils to see the connections between the past and present, as well as the connections between their lives and their communities, seeing and appreciating commonalities and contrasts. Pupils will discover how our world continues to change and advance through global communications and innovations.
Our setting is a place where children are happy and enjoy their learning, experiencing inspirational standards of teaching which allow them each to flourish and reach their full potential.
We encourage courtesy and respect and recognise that the development of these and other social skills will be significant, enabling each child to be successful. As parents, guardians and carers, you are vital partners in all the work we do. It is important that together we build a firm relationship between home and school. As each year passes, we hope that your child will enjoy the stimulating and caring environment in order to achieve as much or reach as far as they can, both socially and academically, by striving for ‘excellence every day’.
The 6 Rs
We provide an atmosphere which enables our children to acquire a wide range of knowledge, skills and practical abilities. Whatever your child's ability, we shall meet their needs. We strive for excellence in all we do. Our school ethos is built around the 6 Rs of:
Respectful Responsible Reflective Resourceful Rational Resilient
These 6 Rs are used as a cornerstone in how we deal with all situations at our school and how we reward our children. We believe that by demonstrating the 6 Rs every day, children will become positive members of their school and local community.
Many activities are designed to develop some of the softer social skills such as the ability to concentrate and work quite independently. By contrast, there is also great emphasis placed on the ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others. Above all else, we aim to provide a stimulating environment, always instilling the importance of patience, persistence and resilience at every stage.
The School aims to support all its children in being prepared for life in modern Britain.
The School has a duty to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
To this end we aim for our pupils to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
Our school ethos is built around the 6 R’s of:
Respectful Responsible Reflective Resourceful Rational Resilient
These R’s are used as a cornerstone in how we deal with all situations at our school and how we reward our children. We believe that by demonstrating the R’s every day, children will become positive members of their school and local community.
At Brookside Primary School, democracy is a concept that is explored and promoted within our lessons, for example during History and PSHE where children will learn about what democracy is and why it is important. The School Council is a democratically elected, active and thriving group, ensuring pupils have a voice in the School.
The rule of law
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their lives. We want them to understand that whether these laws govern their lessons, the School, the community or the country, they are set for good reason and they must adhere to them. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Members of Parliament are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
At Brookside Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through workshops about online safety and road safety.
The School promotes respect for others and for our surroundings, evidenced by our classroom and school environment. Pupils are taught the importance of listening and constructive debate. Assemblies and PSHE provide opportunities for pupils to understand the importance of mutual respect, and what happens when this is lacking. The School’s Behaviour and Relationships Policy places emphasis on the importance of young people having healthy, respectful relationships with their peers and with adults.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The School aims to equip pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the School community and beyond. Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We celebrate the religious traditions of a range of faiths in school. Trips and visits enhance pupils’ perceptions of the world around them as well as of their local area.
For further information about our curriculum, please see the weekly School News publications, speak to your child's classroom teacher or contact the School directly on 020 8845 6634.