There are two main elements of our curriculum; the statutory curriculum and the personalised curriculum unique to Bexton, delivered through our ‘Ethical Enterprise Initiative’, which merge to form one cohesive dynamic learning experience for our children. This page is designed to explain how and why we designed the ‘Bexton Curriculum’ around Ethical Enterprise.
Ethical Enterprise has the potential to inspire, motivate and include our pupils on their educational journey. Enterprise Education can help young people develop the transferable skills, the creativity and innovation, the risk taking, determination and drive that will equip them to be successful in the global economy of the twenty first century. We want Bexton’s Ethical Enterprise Scheme to be more than this vision. We want to use it to enhance the values and whole school ethos, so that the children work towards common goals that they have explored in depth within the curriculum.
To facilitate this, three very different charities, which reflect global, national and local concerns, are carefully selected for the children to both learn about and support.
Our house point system has also been revamped to reflect this ethos and every house point a child earns also has a small monetary value. This enables us to make a significant contribution to the charities we are supporting- a tangible result of the work we are doing with the children. We want the Bexton mission statement of ‘Together we make a difference’ to be one the children live on a daily basis.
How does Ethical Enterprise Education raise money for the charities?
At the end of every term the house points are counted to find out how much has been raised for the current charity. The money we present to the charities is raised through a variety of enterprising activities that contribute to one charity fund, So far activities have included cake sales, dress down days, a Penny Arcade day (where children designed penny games out of cardboard) and our school choir recording a CD with the help of Knutsford Academy and selling it in concerts in and out of school.
The charities that we are fund raising for have worked closely with us here at Bexton and are helping us to show our children how we can all positively contribute to the lives of others in our local, national and global community.
How do you deliver the statutory content at Bexton?
At Bexton we aim to inspire all our children through exciting learning opportunities that engage and challenge them. We achieve high standards in the core subjects and consistently achieve results in line with the top 20% of schools in the country.
English, Maths and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they take up a substantial part of the time each week. Alongside the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy and Science are the foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (KS2 only), Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. For the foundation subjects the details in the national curriculum are significantly briefer.
At Bexton teachers will make links between subjects where it is appropriate and sometimes particular subjects will be taught discretely. Teachers will plan their long term curriculum (1 year) using schemes of work set by subject coordinators. Teachers will also use our ‘Ethical Enterprise’ scheme to design real life learning experiences based on the charities and their work to enhance the curriculum. Each year group takes one of the charities (age-appropriate) to focus on and they will share their learning with parents and the rest of the school through an assembly.
Please see the links for each charity to find out more information.
Ethical Enterprise 2016-2017
This project continues to go from strength to strength. The charities for this year are;
- Retrack (an international charity)
- Guide Dogs for the Blind (a national charity with links in our local community)
- RNLI (a national charity)
Retrack: Year 5 and 6 are leading with our first charity in the autumn term. Retrack is a charity that works to transform highly vunerable children in South America and Africa. The children at Bexton will learn about life skills, being healthy, emotionally well, safe and educated.
Guide Dogs: Year 3 and 4 will lead the learning about Guide Dogs in the spring term. We have worked with this charity before and developed close links with the families who train the guide dogs and look forward seeing how these dogs grow and how they support people with visual impairments. The children will also learn about how dogs support people with other disabilities such as assistance dogs who support children with autism.
RNLI: Year 1 and 2 will learn about the RNLI in the summer term. They will learn about the role of the volunteers, why they support the charity and how to stay safe near the water.
How can parents support this project?
Parents and grandparents have been fantastic in supporting Ethical Enterprise. They have baked cakes, given donations at concerts, made contributions when we have dress down days. We appreciate all the support and we couldn't support the project without contributions. This year we are going to have more enterprising activites where the children have to work to raise the money, e.g. a sponsored walk, making items to sell at the Christmas Fair and taking part in football tournaments.
We have had many children who've taken part in enterprising activities at home and we are delighted this project inspires our children to go and make a difference. Some children have made cakes and sold them to their friends and familiy, one child did jobs around the house for money and even encouraged the children in his class to do the same, another child made bracelets and sold them to his family. This is a lovely way for families to support the project but remember to stay safe!
What charities has Bexton supported?
Since the project started two years ago we have supported:
Royal British Legion: We focused on the First World War for a whole week, with the children accessing workshops on life in the trenches, working with an established local author, inviting two serving soldiers (one a Bexton parent) to visit the school and speak to the children about a life of service in 1914 and today. We also made links with the local branches of the Royal British Legion, where children gained a real insight into this important period of history and its on-going legacy. A cheque for £915 was presented to the British Legion on November 11th 2014 as part of our Remembrance Assembly.
On behalf of the Royal British Legion and the Davenham Poppy Appeal I would like to thank the entire school, both the children and staff for their stupendous effort, hard work and support for the Poppy Appeal with your donation of £915.00.” Glyn Roberts (Chairman and Poppy Appeal Organiser for Davenham Branch Royal British Legion.
Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT): CAFT is a local charity that provides short holidays and respite for underprivileged, disabled and seriously ill children. The children gained a real understanding of the challenges of living with disabilities and terminal illnesses and our House Captains visited the Farm, reporting back in assembly their insight into what CAFT provides for these children.
During the project the children in KS1 and 2 designed ‘Penny Arcade games’, advertised their stalls and calculated profits and losses in order to raise funds for ‘CAFT’. This was an inspirational day where the children enhanced their Design and Technology skills, whilst developing their team work and enterprising abilities. Our assemblies throughout this half term also reflected the themes of working together, celebrating differences and caring for others. Staff from the charity also worked closely with children in Year 4 and delivered assemblies. A cheque was presented to Helen, a representative from CAFT in January for £1012.58.
Little Big Africa: This small charity works in partnership with local communities in Eastern Uganda to protect, harness and promote natural resources with a big focus on water, sanitation, hygiene and efficient energy. Through the curriculum we made many links to science and health education. We also invited an African musician to come into school and deliver authentic African music sessions to two year groups and who then performed to the whole school. The children also used their design and technology skills to make African jewellery to sell to their parents.
This charity was an important part of our aim to ensure our children explore global issues and develop life skills for the future. . At the end of this project we had raised £1003.79 through our house points to build a water tank for New Generation Primary School in Uganda.
Lower Moss Wood: Lower Moss Wood has been an educational nature reserve and wildlife hospital for over twenty years. The warden, Ray Jackson MBE, with help from his band of volunteers, has been providing a place for schools, disabled visitors, environmental groups and many others to come and enjoy the countryside, learn about conservation and the environment ... and have a good day out! All children at Bexton have visited Lower Moss Wood during their time at Bexton and we felt this charity had lots of scope to enhance our curriculum.
During the summer term Ray (and his owls) visited the school to deliver assemblies and to talk to individual classes about the nature reserve and the many volunteers to help to look after the animals. At the end of the term we had raised £1482.22 through our house points and Ray was using this money to update some equipment in the new animal hospital at the nature reserve.
Nepal: During the autumn term Year 5 and 6 learnt about life in Nepal before and after the earthquake. This project linked perfectly to the geography curriculum about mountains. Some fire cadets from Knutsford Fire Station were going out to Nepal to help rebuild a classroom so we were able to support them by providing funds to furnish a classroom. Children from Year 5 and 6 presented assemblies about Nepal and the disaster to the whole school and their parents.
Guide Dogs: During the spring term children in Year 3 and 4 learnt about the vital role guide dogs perform. We had a fantastic where four guide dogs visited us and Ellie, who was visualily impaired came to talk to the children about how her guide dog made a difference to her life. In class the children interviewed the guide dog trainers and wrote newspaper reports and letters in their English lessons. We are looking forward to working with this charity again.
Hampers for Hope: During the summer term children in Year 2 learnt about Hampers of Hope, a foodbank which supports families in Knutsford. Thanks to generous donations from our families we were able to give the foodbank a lot of food and a generous donation to support their work.