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At Brookside we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each stage of their education. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

 Curriculum Overview 2019-2020

At the heart of our curriculum is a secure and firm foundation in English and Mathematics and this underpins our high expectations in all other subjects. We place great value on developing the ‘whole child’ and we have also incorporated key skills for life into our curriculum.

At the heart of our school is the main rules:


Be Kind

Be Safe

Be Responsible


These form the bedrock of expectations. Alongside these rules are four key skills for life:

Perseverance – Our ability to cope with difficult situations and build resilience

Empathy – being able to reflect on other people’s opinions and feelings

Creativity- The art of generating ideas and seeing them grow

Communication- Possibly the most important life skill –understanding the act of transferring information from one place, person or group to another

Each year group studies discrete subject areas as well as topics. All topics fall in to three core areas and aspects of these underpin the rational and aims within our curriculum design.

The World and Beyond (TWB)

Ourselves and Other Living Things (OOLT)

The Past and the Future (PF)

In each area we look to see if the main theme is:

Local (About our family or relating to the region of Somerset)

National (Issues relating to us as citizens of the United Kingdom or set within the United Kingdom) or

Global (relating to our perspective or role globally or issues that are established beyond the United Kingdom)

These ideas are then split in to termly projects and we are careful to ensure that there is clear progression within those subjects.

For example, when Y1 children do a topic about Goodies and Baddies that look at a tyrant king - in Y6 children explore fascism when they study World War 2.

It is very important to look at how the vocabulary and topics covered evolve and ensure children learn the right knowledge and skills in the context of their age. It is also vital that we look at our topics locally – What is it like to grow up and live in the Street Area? Therefore, more topics are aimed at the local context E.g. Y5 have a topic called Small Town – Big History which explores the Clarks legacy and Glastonbury Festival. Equally important is how our children see themselves as global citizens aiming for a just and sustainable future.

The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly.

The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values – Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Responsible and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

 Overview of Topics 

 Brookside Topics 2019-2020

Some Key Points:


  • There is an ‘expected’ standard in each subject per Year group for the children to reach (See our CORE standards based on the National Curriculum below).

All children in Year1 to Year 6 will be assessed as follows:


Emerging Meeting Exceeding
Pupils are here if they are not meeting the expectation for their year group at the end of the year.  Pupils are here if they have been assessed to be meeting the expected statements. If they have met all the standards we will say they have 'mastered' their year group expectations. Pupils are here if they been assessed as exceeding all the expected statements This is where they build on their 'depth' of understanding and knowledge.


Core Curriculum