Ringwood Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8JH


Bransgore Church Of England Primary School

Growing in the forest

How we teach:  We believe that children learn best when they feel safe, challenged and loved.

We believe that by defining ourselves as a “Loving School” and by identifying how we live this out in our daily life in school we are supporting the Church of England’s vision for education of:

  • Educating for Wisdom Knowledge and Skills
  • Educating for Hope and Aspiration
  • Educating for Community and Living Well Together
  • Educating for Dignity and Respect

For greater detail on the Church of England’s vision for Education visit the full statement here:  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/vision-education

As a school we have studied the work of Carole Dweck and her thinking and research around the importance of developing a growth mind-set.


We have shared this with parents and pupils and staff regularly revisit growth mind-set language and approaches. We believe that we cannot all be the best but we can all be our best. Rather than say “I can’t do it” we encourage children to say “I can’t do it yet.” This is a subtle but powerful difference and it is starting to make a positive difference to the resilience and performance of pupils.

To support this thinking we are also inspired by the work of Brene Brown and her research around vulnerability and asking for help. Recognising ourselves as “worth the effort.”


We are also influenced by the thinking of educationalists such as Rita Pearson: https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion

and Sir Ken Robinson:  https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity


As a result of this work we have developed our “Loving School” value which underpins all that we do in school. As a church of England school we believe that everyone is unique and miraculous creation of a loving God. No two people are the same and we recognise this in our approach. Every child is a moment in history, a new learning experience for our staff. Difference and diversity is celebrated through our weekly VIP programme that acknowledges who we are and who we aspire to be. We support children through the use of Emotional Literacy support assistants as well as subscribing to the “Thrive” approach to resilience and behaviour management.

Our vision statement is:  “Growing in the Forest”

This describes several forms of “growth”

  • Physical growth
  • Growing in wisdom and knowledge
  • Spiritual growth
  • Growing community

By using our guidance for outstanding provision, our loving school ethos and the national curriculum we aspire to create the most effective curriculum to meet the needs of our children. We do this by rigorously planning, reviewing and reflecting on what we teach and how we teach it. We want our pupils to know how to learn and to present their learning in exciting and innovative ways and we want them to take their learning home and extend it through use of their cloud based Google Drive and home learning projects with parents. We aim to keep parents fully informed and help them to understand how they can work in partnership with us to bring about the best outcomes for each pupil. This is what we are here for and it serves everyone well if pupils succeed and move on to secondary school as confident, resilient, articulate learners who are well balanced and rounded people with a sense of social and moral responsibility.

And so we finish where we began. This is what we want our pupils to be when they leave us:

Much of the learning at Bransgore Primary School is based upon our new enquiry based curriculum which we are developing in response to changes in the national curriculum. To develop our revised curriculum, we asked ourselves, what does a child need to be able to do and what qualities should they display if they are to be successful as they move to secondary school and further on into the world of work? As a staff, parents, governors and pupils we came up with the following ideas which we have represented as a Wordle. The larger the word, the more often it was used.

We next asked ourselves, if these are the qualities we want our pupils to possess as learners, how can we provide a curriculum which helps them to develop these attributes? From this discussion has emerged our Bransgore Curriculum. This curriculum is based upon our view of what makes outstanding provision. We have a new 2 year rolling programme of enquiry based learning which will evolve term by term, improving and refining as we go. Our document outlining the elements we feel contribute to outstanding provision is here

Home - Learning Projects:

An important new development are our home learning projects. As well as basic reinforcement and consolidation work at home, we would like children to get creative with our half-termly home learning projects. Pupils can choose to present their learning about a theme in a dynamic way. The hope is that parents, extended family or friends might get involved too. Build a model, make a poster, create a powerpoint, write a poem or booklet or even bake a cake!

Parents — how you can be involved:

  • Look at parent’s information letter from phase leaders

  • Supply resources from home and support home learning projects

  • Respond to requests for help

  • Talk to the children about their work

  • Remember that children should enjoy learning

  • Celebrate the exit point with your child at the end of each unit. Invitations will be sent offering the opportunity to visit the classroom

  • Here are some links to really useful resources provided by Rising Stars called a Parent's Guide to the New Curriculum:

The Complete Guide to the New Curriculum  |  Year 1  |  Year 2 |  Year 3  |  Year 4 |  Year 5  | Year 6

What we teach:

At Bransgore we teach our thematic learning using a two year rolling programme:

Theme Overview - Year A

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Who am I
Lets Party
Once Upon a Time
Is It Magic?
All At Sea

Years 1&2

Back in the day

Weather Experts



How we grow

Food chains

Years 3&4

Local environment study



Farm to fork

The Anglo Saxons


Years 5&6

The Mayan Civilisation Evolution and Adaptation Fairgrounds and theme parks They see the world like this. Life Cycles


Theme Overview - Year B

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Who am I
Lets Party
Once Upon a Time
Is It Magic?
All At Sea

Years 1&2

Autumn Watch

Great Fire of London





Years 3&4

Local geography study

Stone Age

Volcanoes & Earthquakes




Years 5&6

Mountains and Rivers Tudor Times Evacuee- Life in Britain WWII The UK- Investigating who we are Ancient Greece Summer Watch


To view how specific topics are taught you can scroll down the page:

National Curriculum coverage by Year Group:

Source: Michael Tidd 2013

National Curriculum coverage by Topic:


Our curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. Click here to find out more.

ReadWriteInc is our literacy programme for teaching children how to read and write as well as develop their speaking and listening, comprehension, grammar, punctuation and spelling skills. It is introduced to children in Foundation and continues into Key Stage 1. The majority of children will have completed this programme by the end of the autumn term in Year 2.

Click here to find relevant information, resources and videos to support your child at home with their Read Write Inc. learning - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading/read-write-inc-phonics-guide-for-parents/


Our curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Click here to find out more.  Here is a link to our Maths Calculation Policy which shows the calculation methods used at Bransgore School together with links to Hampshire County Council's Progression in Calculation - Addition & Subtraction & Progression in Calculation - Multiplication & Division booklets for further expansion.


At Bransgore Primary School we teach Science through our topic based curriculum which allows the children to make links between Science and the other subjects they are studying. Science is taught by using an enquiry approach and the children are encouraged to develop and investigate their own scientific questions.In the Early Years we use our big ‘Why’ book and ask the children what they want to find out then give them the resources to try and find out the answers through exploration and investigation.In Key Stage 1 the topics are used to generate scientific questions and investigation. The children are encourages to answer these in different ways by:

  • Observing closely, using simple equipment

  • Performing simple tests

  • Identifying and classifying

  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

In Key Stage 2 the children’s scientific knowledge of the world is broadened further by exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments. They also start conducting scientific enquiries by observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things and carrying out simple comparative and fair tests.

Click here to see the full programme of study for Science


Our curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation .

  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.

  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.

  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Click here to find out more.

Religious Education

R.E. is taught using an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. We use 'Understanding Christianity' as our main scheme of work accompanied by the 'Discovery R.E.' scheme. 

‘Understanding Christianity’ and 'Discovery R.E.' syllabuses.  We make use of cross-curricular links and learning, such as with ICT, PHEE, P4C, drama, zones of regulation, art and music to enhance teaching.

More information can be found here - Religious Education Policy  | Loving Schools Document  | Long Term Plan 




We teach Geography through our theme based curriculum which allows the children to make links between geography and the other subjects they are studying. Children will be taught:

  • Location knowledge

  • Place knowledge

  • Human and physical geography

  • Geographical skills and fieldwork


We teach History through our theme based curriculum which allows the children to make links between history and the other subjects they are studying.

KS 1 children will be taught:

  • Changes within living memory.

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

KS2 children will be taught:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.

  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

  • A local history study. 

  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

  • Changes in an aspect of social history.

  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations.

  • Ancient Greece.

  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history

Art & Design

We teach Art and Design through our topic based curriculum (link to overview) which allows the children to make links between art and design and the other subjects they are studying.
Children will be taught:
  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination .

  • To develop and master a wide range of art and design techniques.

  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers

Design & Technology

We teach Design and Technology through our topic based curriculum (link to overview) which allows the children to make links between design and technology and the other subjects they are studying. When designing and making children are taught to:

  • Design

  • Make

  • Evaluate

  • Technical knowledge

Modern Foreign Languages

French is taught to all children in Key Stage 2 using the Language Angels programme.

Click here for KS2 overview link


Music is taught using the Music Express programme. We also offer ukulele lessons, choir and offer clarinet, flute and saxophone lessons.

Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

PSHCE is embedded within our Personal Development Learning programme that includes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development. Our Jigsaw PSHCE programme of work supports Hampshire County Council’s guidelines and is enriched through additional resources, including advice from the PSHE Association, Unicef and Oxfam. We deliver it through discrete weekly lessons taught by the class teacher and across the curriculum, using a variety of teaching styles that are mindful of children’s preferred learning styles and the need for effective differentiation. These include:

      • Jigsaw Circle Time
      • 'Connect Us' games
      • 'Calm Me' reflective opportunities
      • group/class discussions
      • drama and art
      • problem solving
      • scenarios/stories

In addition, PSHCE is complimented by visitors, visits and residential trips, together with assemblies, including weekly VIP assemblies and half-termly Jigsaw and Golden Time assemblies. It encompasses pupil voice, drug and alcohol education, cyber and homophobic bullying, internet safety, body image, self-esteem, financial capability, health education and relationship and sex education.

In essence, at Bransgore Church of England School our PSHCE programme aims to enable children to:

      • be healthy and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle (e.g. the benefits of physical activity, rest, healthy eating and dental health).
      • be aware of safety issues to enable them to stay safe (including road safety, the correct use of medicines and on-line safety.
      • enjoy and achieve
      • understand what makes for good relationships
      • have respect for others
      • be an independent and responsible member of the school community
      • develop self-confidence and self-esteem enabling them to make informed choices
      • make a positive contribution, being active members of the wider community
      • have economic well being
      • we are proud to be a silver level Unicef Rights Respecting School
      • we are also in the process of applying for our Eco Schools Green Flag

Physical Education & Sport

Sport and Physical Education are very important at Bransgore and we pride ourselves on the range of activities we can offer both within and beyond the curriculum. Physical Education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities, swimming and water safety. We encourage active playtimes and our older pupils are trained as play leaders supporting the younger children.

P.E promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle whilst at the same time building self- confidence. Through this approach we aim to help pupils make informed and positive choices about physical activity throughout their lives.  We have used our P.E./Sports Premium Funding to employ a qualified dance teacher and gym coach.  These areas of the P.E. curriculum have significantly improved as a result of this excellent provision.

Competitive Sport supported by a positive and enabling ethos is encouraged throughout the school. Children are given the opportunity within lessons to compete against each other in a variety of different games. Intra school competitions take place regularly as well as inter school competitions where the children compete against other schools. We have recently introduced new “house teams” so that we are more easily able to organise pupils for small intra school tournaments during our golden times.  This year Sports Leaders from Ringwood Secondary School supported our sports days and half termly bench ball and football interhouse tournaments. 

We aim to use the forthcoming World cup to fire pupils’ interest in sport. Here at Bransgore we endeavour to motivate and encourage as many of our children to participate in a range of sporting activities as they can beyond the curriculum. We aim to do this by fostering links with local sports clubs, coaches and our feeder secondary schools. We aim to expose pupils to the widest possible range of physical activity so they may find something they excel at or enjoy and which may become a lifelong passion or pastime. We aim to light the spark and then, if necessary, help pupils who show exceptional skills or talent to make contact with clubs and coaches who can help take their development to the highest possible level.

In recognition of our commitment to School Sport we have signed up to the Sainsbury’s School Games award and website where we shall register and record our sporting endeavours.