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27/02/24

KS2 enjoyed learning about our sustainable school building today. We went around the school looking at the different features of the building that make it sustainable e.g. triple glazing, solar panels, air source heat pump, wildlife area with a pond, a living roof to name a few! pic.twitter.com/BfJuL8cxXI

26/02/24

🚨 Exclusive egg update from Oak class! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/zzmCp4pJQ1

23/02/24

BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 A space shuttle has landed in the nursery classroom! Inside is a large purple egg that looks like it’s hatching and lots of strange symbols… we can’t wait to see Oak class on Monday to help us figure out this mystery! pic.twitter.com/AuX3jNGA1M

15/02/24

The children had such a wonderful time at our Valentine’s disco. We had dancing, music, games, sweets, balloons, a photo booth and even glitter tattoos! Thank you to Miss Hunter and the PTA for organising such a great event for our children. pic.twitter.com/phZn5IftLY

08/02/24

In Oak class, the children love coming to school so much that they asked for their own miniature one! The children now have a mini classroom complete with a staff room and pretend photocopier ☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/9kkdc850Pk

30/01/24

We heard from Jenny who lived in Cape Town during the drought and how her family managed to conserve water. KS2 are now creating their own PowerPoints to share some top tips on how to save water as part of our learning in ESR. pic.twitter.com/bvLlXSwYKy

30/01/24

Chico is back! He had such a wonderful time visiting Layston Grove Care Home for the winter holidays. He returned today with Paula, Eileen and John, to tell us all about his adventures. Oak class were so happy to see our friends and show them our own class bear! pic.twitter.com/9sr2aa9LRz

24/01/24

This morning the children in Oak class rescued a sapling that had been blown over in the storms. It was a lot of work and we even discovered a dinosaur tooth while digging! pic.twitter.com/MTK6sB0BK7

24/01/24

We are very excited to have a day of filming at school today! Next stop Hollywood! pic.twitter.com/Sp1gWFLNqn

23/01/24

We are really enjoying being creative at after school club today. We have played with the aqua beads, built a fairy garden and solved jigsaw puzzles. pic.twitter.com/R1hrCX0ovB

19/01/24

This week we have been very lucky to have the HSBC bank come into run workshops teaching children about the value of money. These sessions were lots of fun. We were then presented with a Smart Money Award for the support of financial education for young people. pic.twitter.com/w6VQLXdXEU

19/01/24

Thank you to our school council for a productive meeting discussing safeguarding at school. The next meeting will be to discuss the playground designs for our new equipment coming later this year. pic.twitter.com/4EQPvs7LCd

15/01/24

KS1 and KS2 worked brilliantly together this week on a range of teamwork challenges. pic.twitter.com/0kn52IuKuO

10/01/24

KS2 have been learning about different forms of communication in PSHE. We looked at morse code and braille, the children enjoyed reading and writing messages in different ways. pic.twitter.com/aobpa51ZjZ

27/12/23

* Vacancies *New year brings new opportunities. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/SccrfX4cF2

20/12/23

And that’s our first term complete! Thank you to everyone for their kindness and support this term. Here’s to many more wonderful terms together. Merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year, from the team at Buntingford First School x

20/12/23

BREAKING NEWS! We have had word from Santa, via the elves, that our children have been added to the nice list! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅 pic.twitter.com/6HBYrNnbLi

19/12/23

Today we had a fun (but very messy!) end to our science topic on solids, liquids and gases. The question remains, what is slime pic.twitter.com/LAJeWcj5jg

19/12/23

Yum, yum, yum! We enjoyed a lovely festive lunch today. Thank you to Diane for catering so well for us all! pic.twitter.com/TKDkaVuCGC

18/12/23

What a magical time we had this morning - Father Christmas was on our school roof!! He came to wish everyone at Buntingford First School a Merry Christmas and we were all very pleased to see him!🎄 pic.twitter.com/GbbiaGZmWf

15/12/23

We really enjoyed spreading some Christmas joy this afternoon at Layston Grove. The children performed their Christmas songs to the residents and there were lots of smiles from both sides. We were also lucky enough to see Chico who is on holiday there…he has a lovely new outfit! pic.twitter.com/spg21ZIiS0

14/12/23

Willow class visited Oak class this afternoon for some sensory play fun. We made our own snow and have been exploring the water beads! pic.twitter.com/rdx2x19Jwg

13/12/23

* Vacancies *We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website for full job descriptions and to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/vt3GDsEnBE

12/12/23

The children absolutely blew us away with their performance of ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and made this wonderful performance possible. pic.twitter.com/khq0X959qM

12/12/23

It looks like the elves are putting on a show as well today! We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am for our first ever Christmas concert! 🎶🎄 pic.twitter.com/MLUBlCxFm0

Curriculum Overview

‘Learning means the World – changing hearts and minds.’


Buntingford First School is a brand-new school in East Hertfordshire on the outskirts of Buntingford. It is unique because it is the country's first net zero carbon school. The school will initially have around fifty pupils in September 2023 with the potential to grow to a two-form entry first school with pupils completing up to Year 4. The school benefits from a good amount of outside space and plenty of room for growth within the school building. There is a vast hall space, numerous break-out rooms and separate science, DT, arts and crafts areas.

Intent

At Buntingford First School, we want our curriculum to be engaging and hands-on. We want it to give our pupils a sense of leading their own learning through a wide variety of first-hand learning experiences and opportunities to get out of the classroom. As a new school in the area, it is important that, through our curriculum, we can make links with the local community. We want to be an asset and not a hindrance.

Our format as a first school also means that we need our curriculum to give our pupils a strong foundation in the first years of school with enough rigour, depth and well-roundness to allow our pupils to progress into their next stages of learning beyond Buntingford. We see the Learning Means the World curriculum as a curriculum for human flourishing and we recognise the importance of developing human creativity and achievement leading to the development of educated citizens.

See our Subjects pages for further detail of our broad curriculum including EYFS.

Should you wish for more information on the curriculum please email admin@buntingfordfirstschool.co.uk

Rationale for Implementation

We use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum as the main vehicle for achieving our outlined intent.

This curriculum is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:-

  • Culture
  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Conservation

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Our curriculum narrative begins with Communication, as we want our pupils to be equipped with a wide vocabulary and language skills in order to have their opinions heard and establish a Buntingford identity. We will follow this with Culture as it is important that our pupils not only know about their own cultures but also those of others in both the local community and in the wider world. After this, our pupils will explore Conservation. Whilst studying culture, our pupils will have had the chance to look at the human contribution to society and how cultures shape the landscape around them but now we want our pupils to see how we can conserve the protect our green spaces.  Our final world issue will be Conflict because, at the end of school years, conflicts can arise as we try to manage new and old relationships when transitioning to other classes. We want our pupils to know how to manage those feelings, especially those children who will move on to another school at the end of Year 4. It can be a daunting time and it’s good to know how we can avoid conflict to ensure peaceful ends and beginnings.

We also encourage our pupils to have high aspirations by teaching them about human creativity and achievement through additional Competency Units about famous figures and groups of people that focus on Creativity, Commitment, Courage and Community.

Communication

Communication

Communication is a key part of our curriculum that starts in the early years. We want to create a language-rich environment throughout the school with reading at the heart of our curriculum. We want to model wide and in-depth vocabularies to encourage our pupils to be able to talk about their learning with their peers and adults alike. We aim, through our curriculum, to equip everyone with the tools they need in order to communicate effectively.

At Buntingford, we also see communication as a key part of leadership and we want to ensure that our pupils develop these skills through our school council. In our early stages of development as a school, we our pupils to feel like they have a say in how their school grows and therefore they need good communication skills to do that effectively and successfully. 

In terms of online communication and technology, we ensure that our pupils know how to communicate safely online. We want them to know how to speak out if they see something that is not appropriate and how to use online resources safely and with care.

Conflict

Conflict

At Buntingford First School, it is imperative that we set out strong expectations of how we want our pupils to behave and treat one another. We want to make sure that our pupils know how to assess their feelings and recognise how conflicts between themselves can be either avoided or resolved without significant adult intervention. Through our curriculum, we want our pupils to recognise that conflict is a normal part of life and it cannot always be avoided but there are things we can do to prevent it from escalating.

Through our Learning Means the World curriculum, we also want our pupils to be aware of current affairs. We want to strike the right balance between ensuring that they are aware of what is going out in the wider world without causing fear or distress. To support this, we will have regular assemblies where we explore what is happening in the world and hold discussions on these events.

Conservation

Conservation

Conservation and our eco credentials are part of what makes our school unique. We are the first net zero carbon school in the country and we have a wide range of features that ensures our school maintains that status. We want our pupils to be deeply aware of their special school building and involve them in knowing how it works.

Through our curriculum, we want our pupils to know about the changes we can make in our everyday lives to ensure that our planet is safe and suitable for humans to live on. We want our pupils to know that some of these changes can be small but they can have a huge impact in the long term both locally, nationally and globally.

As well as making our pupils aware of changes they can make, we want them to be able to talk about these changes and hear how other schools are working with conservation to make their schools and localities better. We aim to do this by attending an annual sustainability conference, hosted by our trust. Our pupils will have opportunities to attend and speak at the conference.


Eco

Culture

Culture

As a brand-new school, it is exciting to have the chance to build a school culture that has strong values and a secure sense of belonging. Our school culture will have the pupils at the heart of it as we want them to help establish what it means to be at Buntingford First School. It is important that our pupils see their school culture as something that represents them both in and out of the school environment and they should be proud of that.

Our pupils will learn, through our Learning Means the World curriculum, that diversity and inclusion are key aspects of their learning. They will learn about a wide range of cultures in meaningful and integrated ways. We do not want to feel that learning about other cultures is seen as a ‘bolt on’ or is tokenistic. It is key that alongside building our school culture, our pupils also learn a culture of tolerance and respect for people who are from a different culture, background, race or religion than their own.

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