KS1 and KS2 children are divided into three classes in the morning.
Class One is a mixed year class of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
Class Two is a mixed year class of Year 3 and Year 4.
Class Three is a mixed Year Class of Year 5 and 6.
In the afternoons KS2 are together but they are supported by the class teacher and two additional adults.
At Bedfield Church of England VC Primary School, we are passionate about delivering a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the learning and development needs of all children.
We plan our curriculum around themes, with teachers mapping their class curriculum across the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum. We want children to enjoy their learning and to feel inspired by it, so the themes are introduced through engaging lessons and activities that allow children to explore; develop knowledge and understanding; and expand their confidence as individuals. For every theme, we invite the children (as part of their homework) to create their own contribution; this is open ended so that they can approach the challenge in a way that excites their desire to learn and find out more about the area of learning. The children are always very proud to show off their individually created contributions; and to talk about them to visitors from within and outside the school community. Whenever we can, we arrange a school trip to enhance the learning experience for the children. We try to include local historic or geographic locations when these bring depth and a personal connection to the area of learning. For example: Dunwich, Framlingham Castle, Orford Castle, the Suffolk coast, Suffolk rivers.
Art and music are strongly embraced within our small school community. We have a very enthusiastic, skilled teacher for Art and DT, who encourages the children to see themselves as true artists and rise to high expectations. Together they explore the work and styles of great artists from the UK and around the world, using a wide range of tools and techniques. Every year Mrs Thomas enters the children’s work into the Young Art East Anglia competition, and many children have had the joy of seeing their art publicly displayed at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh.
Musical instrument tuition for KS2 is delivered through the Suffolk School of Music, and currently the children are learning to play the clarinet. Class One music is delivered by the class teachers, and the whole school embraces singing. We have a very musical parent volunteer who leads our weekly Singing Club and the children learn songs to perform at various school events, including assemblies, Harvest Festival and the Christmas service.
Our school is part of the Suffolk Sports Partnership, and for the second year running, we are proud to say that we have won the Silver Sports Mark award. The KS2 teacher/Sports Leader, enters children into many events across the year, and the children embrace these opportunities with great enthusiasm. Parent volunteers support school participation in sports events by helping with practice ahead of events, and by going along to support the events.
As part of our PSHE learning, we teach from the Lead Now programme. Most of the staff took part in Lead Now training last year, funded through the Debenham Pyramid Resilience Project. The children and teachers often use the language of Lead Now to encourage a positive mindset and confidence. We are grateful to the Lead Now programme developers, Jane and Trevor, for their ongoing support with this.
We have a variety of extra-curricular clubs, including:
Premier Sports clubs; Singing club; Gardening club; Sporty club; Football.
These are usually well attended and we are grateful to all volunteers who run or support the clubs.