Quality of Education rated 'Good' by Ofsted
On behalf of the children, staff and governors, I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our website.
As you explore, I hope that you will see the exciting learning opportunities and enriching experiences that our children absorb here and begin to understand what makes Broadwater the very special place that it is.
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What's Happening at Broadwater
Our VISION for Broadwater Primary School is to be a school where:
- All pupils aspire to achieve and excel in all areas of their learning
- Pupils are well rounded individuals, confident, courteous, self-reliant and successful
- Our inclusive community makes all feel welcome, valued and supported, whatever their background or circumstances
- We are outstanding, providing a purposeful, exciting, fun, well-resourced environment where every member of the community can say "I'm proud of this school".
This vision is underpinned by the following six core VALUES:
At Broadwater we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
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. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
At Broadwater we follow a 'Discovery Curriculum' that combines the subjects across the curriculum. This is the way that we have grouped the subjects of the National Curriculum together. Our discovery curriculum is split into three overarching topics: 'We are Historians', 'We are Geographers' and 'We are Innovators'. This helps us to ensure that our curriculum is broad and balanced and introduces essential knowledge and skills to give pupils the grounding to become educated citizens.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A highquality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
At Broadwater Primary School, we understand the importance of starting primary school. To help you along we have included all the information you will need when you choose a school for your child. Whether your child is starting out at Primary School or you are looking to join us midyear, we are happy to lend a helping hand. Get in touch to find out more.
- The care, guidance and support given to pupils are a major strength and this helps to explain why the pupils contribute so successfully to the life of the school.
- Ofsted Report
- Throughout the school, the curriculum has a number of strengths that include the provision of a wide range of out-of-school activities and experiences, as well as a strong focus on literacy and numeracy.