Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.
Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm
Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am
Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm
Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am
To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.
In line with our school curriculum intent and vision, art plays an integral part of a child’s journey through Berkswich CE and beyond. Immense value is placed upon art as one of the highest forms of human creativity. We recognise that an excellent art curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our curriculum design purposefully drives towards ensuring that each child leaves Berkswich CE with an enduring passion for the subject.
A research-based approach informs our curriculum: we recognise the benefit of the arts to other areas of learning, including core subjects, particular gains for disadvantaged pupils and improved attitudes to learning generally (Education Endowment Foundation). Through our work with Keele University, we have identified key concepts in art, which are continuously revisited through coherent units in every year group.
This deeply held belief of, ‘Every child an artist,’ is central to planning, ensuring that the curriculum is accessible and ambitious for all learners, including those who have additional needs. A progressive art curriculum enables children to build on prior skills and techniques with increasing mastery and confidence. Our curriculum is engaging through its breadth and challenge; indeed, it is designed to allow children the freedom to be curious, to solve problems, to be risk takers and to develop resilience.
Threaded through the whole curriculum, is the belief that children should recognise how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of the society and world in which they live. Immersing themselves in the significant periods of art history and the works of trailblazers who have come before, as well as those in the present, is an integral part of each year’s curriculum. As children progress, there are rich opportunities for them to reflect, think critically and express views informed by their increasing artistic knowledge.