At Brigstock School we are committed to providing our children with a broad, balanced curriculum that is relevant and meaningful. We strive for academic excellence and at the same time we want our children to be confident, independent learners who apply their skills in a range of ways. Our DAY 10:10 CURRICULUM was established in September 2014 as a way of creating a bespoke extra curriculum within the school. Each term this bespoke curriculum has a different focus, centred on the needs of our children, our school and its wider community at that time.
With such a high focus placed on SATs data within Primary Schools there has been concern that the curriculum in primary schools has been ‘narrowed’, and this has been recognised within the new Ofsted framework. In Brigstock Primary School, our ‘Day 10:10’ Curriculum has given us the opportunity to design creative units of work that focus on key areas that we have identified as needing further development.
Each unit lasts for a term, and includes seven activity sessions led by staff and TAs, with the children working in cross-phase, mixed age groups. We involve our parents and wider community in the planning stages and always include a sharing of outcomes with our school and village community. We believe this way of working has enriched the educational experience of our children, and has added breadth, depth and creativity to our curriculum, enabling the children to embrace ‘Life in all its Fullness’. (John 10:10)
We have planned units of work linked to the Arts, Young Enterprise, Creative Christianity, Our Global Community…and many others. Our Christian ethos is never more apparent than during our Day 10:10 curriculum; some units have an explicitly Christian focus, and all encourage our children to work together in different ways, to support each other in their learning and to become more aware of our own community and the wider world. Recently, we have been excited to work collaboratively with other local primary and secondary schools, and this has led to many exciting and meaningful outcomes for our children.
As a school, we have shared our creative curriculum proactively within the diocese, and we were proud to be asked to present at the Head Teachers’ Conference.
The children are excited and inspired by our Day 10:10 work.
“Day 10 IS Brigstock School! It shows that we all work together so well, and we do lots of our best things when we do that. I love the Tree of Life and the big school picture because they show how all of us can work together to do something that is AMAZING!”
“Day 10:10 is really good because we all work together. I think the older children really help the younger children to do even better things. I like it when we go out around the village and learn about the things that are around us, not just the things inside the school building.”
“Day 10:10 shows all the school values.”
Ofsted also praised the Day 10:10 work, and during our SIAMS inspection it was a strong contributory factor towards our OUTSTANDING judgement.