The Buxlow Curriculum
When you join Buxlow, you are joining not just an early childhood facility or a primary school but a way of life. Buxlow is a family School where your child will be cared for, valued and educated to the very best of our ability. Our goal is to inspire the Love of Learning in an environment where creativity, resilience, optimism, strength of character and well-being are nurtured.
Buxlow children benefit from gradual and integrated learning experiences which greatly assists them to achieve a smooth, seamless transition into and throughout the whole School. Buxlow’s value laden environment enables children to feel confident, secure, resilient and optimistic and empowered to achieve their potential and prepare for a fulfilling life.
Our curriculum acknowledges the special character of Buxlow whilst reflecting the National Curriculum. To Inspire the Love of Learning we seek to:
- provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst focusing effectively on literacy, numeracy, articulacy and listening skills, skilful thinking and problem solving;
- meet the needs of our children in a changing world by developing the key competencies of thinking (using language, symbols and texts), managing self, relating to others and participating and contributing meaningfully;
- plan and teach in contexts that are challenging and meaningful to pupils, focusing effectively on literacy, numeracy, articulacy and listening skills, skilful thinking and problem solving;
- foster independent, life-long learning, whilst allowing for pupils differing abilities and aspirations, providing all with the opportunity to achieve their personal best;
- provide pupils with a wide range of learning opportunities in both academic and co-curricular areas of the School;
- develop positive attitudes towards and values of personal excellence, inquiry, equity of opportunity, community service, ecological sustainability, integrity and respect; and
- regularly review, evaluate and adapt our curriculum to ensure it continues to meet student needs and national requirements.
Gifted and Talented Programmes
Buxlow Gifted and Talented children are provided with extension activities in addition to the planned differentiated learning opportunities which are provided in the classroom.According to the strengths and interests of gifted and talented children, a variety of extension activities may be offered for varying periods of time. Topics include integrated and challenging learning activities from different subject areas, all aimed at developing critical and creative thinking skills. Children participate in competitions such as Mathletics.
Recognising Gifted Children
Signs of giftedness can be seen from an early age. Research into exceptionally gifted children identifies the following characteristics:
- Crawling before eight months compared with 10-12 months in the general population;
- Walking unassisted before 12 months and sleeping less than average;
- Breast fed longer than average most likely until after the first birthday;
- More likely to be the first born in small families, with parents employed in a professional or managerial roles; and
- Likely to have grandparents more educated than most people of their generation.
‘The Explorers Club’, the association for gifted children and their parents, list the additional following signs:
- The ability to read early and often self-taught;
- A propensity to ask unusual or shrewd questions;
- Talking early and fluently and with an extensive vocabulary; and
- The development of a “quirky” sense of humour.
Should you have an exceptional child speak with us about ur differentiated programmes which will assist your child to be well and happily engaged in their learning. As with all prospective pupils, prior to offering any place at Buxlow, a short assessment will be required in order for the School to fully understand a child’s particular needs and abilities.
Special Needs Programmes
Our specific learning needs programmes provide supplementary learning support in Reading and Mathematics in particular to selected younger children who need assistance in addition to the planned differentiated programmes operating in each classroom. The main focus is to enable children to become more effective learners and, therefore to succeed academically. This is done by teaching children more efficient ways to learn using a ‘learning how to learn’ approach to assist the children. Such methods as learning styles, accelerated learning and memory techniques may be employed to encourage children to gain an understanding of how they learn. As well, they are expected and encouraged to take responsibility for their own individual learning processes.
Whilst Buxlow is known as an academic school, we will be pleased o discuss your child’s needs with you. As with all prospective pupils, prior to offering any place at Buxlow, a short assessment will be required in order for the School to fully understand a child’s particular needs and abilities.
Library and Computer suite
The Buxlow Library and computer suite is integral to the School’s educational programmes. We place great store in fostering independent lifelong reading and learning skills which will assist children at all levels to:
- love learning
- promote the appreciation and enjoyment of literature
- learn how to access information appropriately, safely and sensibly
- develop sound research skills in preparation for life beyond the School; and
- support learning throughout the School’s curriculum.
Education Outside the Classroom
Children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of educational opportunities outside the classroom. Designed to meet particular needs and abilities, our varied programmes encourage children to develop friendships and work in teams while providing opportunities for personal growth and increased self-confidence.
The combined efforts of dedicated, highly qualified instructors, committed staff, supportive parents and enthusiastic children ensure the success of our EOTC programmes. We undertake an annual review to ensure the our EOTC experiences are of education value, have best fit with our learning programmes, and are in line generally with child’s learning needs. Buxlow Quality Management and Safety System for risk assessment and management are in place for all activities undertaken by children.
Buxlow’s EOTC programme provides children with outdoor experiences from which they will may gain great enjoyment, fulfilment and outdoor expertise and opportunities to develop such life skills as:
- building self-esteem, confidence and resilience;
- developing social skills through working in partnership with their peers;
- developing respect, knowledge and understanding of various natural environments;
- developing outdoor skills in camp craft, bush walking, canoeing and rock climbing; and
- enriching and integrating outdoor experiences with their other academic disciplines