- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Personal Social and Health Education
- Modern and Classical Languages.
We want our girls to really enjoy learning mathematics. Our curriculum has been developed to ensure in-depth understanding and playful enjoyment - both key to helping children reason mathematically. Our qualified staff enable all children to develop mastery and to develop confidence with mathematics.
We help children to develop:
- An appreciation of our number system and strong grasp of place value
- A really good bank of number facts
- Exposure to consistent and developmental models and images
- Comprehension of the key maths operations including using negative numbers, fractions (as well as decimals and percentages), ratio and algebra.
In lower Key Stage 2, the girls are taught by their form teacher in differentiated groups to ensure that each girl’s tasks are matched to her ability. As they progress to Upper Key Stage 2, the girls are divided into two ability-based groups for Mathematics which enable them to continue to make the best possible progress.
Our enriching, creative literacy curriculum provides our pupils with inspiring cross-curricular links, setting high expectations to ensure that children have the skills to be successful in reading, writing, speaking and listening. As an inclusive school, we provide opportunities to help those for whom English is an additional language and those with additional learning needs outlined in the SEND code of practice. Staff have a positive and friendly approach to teaching and learning in Literacy, where children are challenged appropriately in a supportive environment. We recognise the importance of thorough planning and rigorous assessment supporting the individual needs of our children.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We pride ourselves on demonstrating to pupils how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Modern and Classical Languages
Girls study French in years 3 and 4 and those in years 5 and 6 follow the popular and successful ‘Minimus the Mouse’ course in Latin. Girls will benefit from Junior specialists, who are adept at bringing out the very best in girls of this age, as well as Senior specialists, who are able to give girls the benefit of their knowledge and skills.
Our specialist staff provide a high-quality languages education that fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. We aim to ensure that our girls understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. They speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
Our high-quality humanities education inspires pupils to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world - its past and its people - that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that our girls have lessons in the creative arts, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Music, drama, art and design all feature on our timetable and your daughter will have opportunities to produce her own imaginative and artistic work. The standard of work produced by BGS girls is continually very high.
The ethos of the school concentrates upon the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of the girls. We focus attention upon these during formal PSHE lessons.
Sport and PE
We believe that minds are much more effective when combined with physical activity, so our girls receive at least two hours of physical activity per week. Many pupils participate in further activity during lunchtime or after school.
Junior children have regular PE and swimming lessons, taught by specialist staff. They also have weekly games lessons in netball, hockey, athletics, cross country, tennis and swimming. Teams compete regularly in tournaments and competitions and the standard of sport throughout the school is high. Matches against other schools, both local maintained and other independents, are played during the week.
Our broad and balanced curriculum allows our children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in all a whole range of subjects to prepare them for life in the 21st century.