At Bishop’s, we believe strongly in offering a broad and balanced curriculum. This starts in Year 7 where pupils get the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects and continues as pupils progress up the school.
The purpose of our curriculum is summarised by the ‘Bishop’s 360’ which you can see linked below. The Bishop’s 360 demonstrates our commitment to developing the whole person, taking a rounded view of each child’s education.
At the core of our curriculum lie the school values. These inform how we develop the three key facets of our curriculum: knowledge, skills and character. We believe in developing powerful subject knowledge that helps pupils to understand the world, lay down the building blocks for future learning and become analytical thinkers. We also aim to develop skills that help pupils to succeed both academically and personally. Skills of communication, collaboration, innovation and openness, as well as becoming aware of how to learn are vital tools for future success. We are strongly committed to developing our pupils’ character. We believe that by developing character traits such as perseverance, adaptability and self-motivation as well as becoming curious and confident we are helping our pupils to become active citizens able to make a valuable contribution to society. We also want our pupils to develop a clear regard for themselves, and for those around them.
Teaching methods take a variety of different forms including whole class teaching, group learning, individualised learning, debates and role play.
Many resources are available during lessons, such as the Library, interactive whiteboards and Chromebooks, as well as more traditional textbooks. In addition, theatre trips, field work and visits to museums, art galleries and places of historical, scientific and technological interest are a key part of the curriculum for all pupils. Detailed information on courses at each Key Stage is available on the website.
If pupils find difficulty with any aspect of their learning, special provision and support is given by our Learning Support Department. Such difficulties may include a range of learning difficulties from problems with reading and understanding to problems with spelling, numeracy and handwriting.
Very able and talented pupils are encouraged to extend and develop their abilities to enable them to achieve their potential. Such pupils are identified at an early stage and their progress is monitored in each specialist area.
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