Our Curriculum

Overview


The school follows all the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. We believe that the curriculum should not only provide the children with essential life skills, but should also be the vehicle through which children are able to discover themselves and develop their potential.

The National Curriculum:

• Sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn.

• Is a framework given to teachers by government, so that all school children are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable, but hard enough to challenge them.

• Gives standards that measure how well children are doing in each subject, so that teachers can plan to help them do better.

Stages, Years, National Tests and Tasks:

Foundation Stage 3-4 Nursery 4-5 Reception

Key Stage 1 5-6 Year 1 6-7 Year 2 Assessments in English and Maths (SATs)

Key Stage 2 7-8 Year 3 8-9 Year 4 9-10 Year 5 10-11 Year 6 National tests and assessments in English and Maths (SATs)

THE CURRICULUM

The Ofsted Inspection team awarded the school’s curriculum a Grade 1 (Outstanding) stating “Pupils enjoy an excellent curriculum enriched by topics, visits and practical events." These include, for example, residential visits to centres at Carnyorth and Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, as well as 'WOW' days which introduce each new topic. Various links with European schools through the ‘Comenius Project’ also reflect the breadth of activities, which have earned the International Schools Award and contribute immensely to the pupils’ outstanding spiritual and cultural development. Many pupils take part in the excellent range of extra-curricula opportunities, which further enhances their expressive art and individual and team sporting skills. These activities, which include football, cross country and surf club, also support the pupils’ excellent social development.”                       

Here at Blisland Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.  We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/why-cornerstones/

Science is taught where possible, integrated into the topic, although some concepts areas are taught discretely.

           


Rolling Program


KS2


 

1

2

3

4

5

6

A

Childs War

Misty Mountain Sierra

Potions

Darwin’s Delights

Allotment

Mighty Metals

B

1066

Road Trip USA

Star Gazers

Tribal Tales

Warrior

Blue Abyss

C

ID

Traders and Raiders

Scrumdiddlyumptious

Predator

Gods and Mortals

Bloodheart

D

Peasants, Princes, Pestilence

Frozen Kingdom

Flow

Hola Mexico

Time Traveller

The Pharaohs


Reading

Learning to read is the key to education. We are committed to ensuring that each child leaves primary education not only able to read, but to love reading.
We use Read Write Inc in order to teach phonics and early reading: "Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers." We have a library that is used regularly and classes have books that are regularly read to them in order to promote the love of reading that we feel is so important to each child's education.

PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) is a non-statutory element of the curriculum. As a school we believe that it is essential to support children's health and well being and thus have a program of study that promotes this. Along with the program of study, we also use assemblies to develop children's spiritual and moral development as well as incorporating this in to each child's every day school experience. A happy, confident and well nurtured child is a happy confident learner!

            

Maths

Since the beginning of 2017 we have used the White Rose Hub and AET planning for mathematics. This places greater emphasis on spending more time teaching ensuring that key mathematical themes are embedded e.g. place value in Key Stage 1. It also encourages learners to explore different areas of mathematics in greater depth and requires them to explain their reasoning and combine lots of different maths learning to solve problems. 


Maths 99 Club

The 99 club is a Maths skills club that challenges the children to develop their skills and understanding of number. When a child has completed a club test they will receive a reward to indicate which club they are currently in.
Here you will find all the 99 Club tests relevant to your child’s maths stage and the club they are aspiring to become a member of. If you are unsure about any of these materials or you would like more information then please speak to your class teacher.

Documents

View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

11-club.docx
11-club.docx
22-club.docx
22-club.docx
33-club.docx
33-club.docx
44-club.docx
44-club.docx
55-club.docx
55-club.docx
66-club.docx
66-club.docx
77-club.docx
77-club.docx
88-club.docx
88-club.docx
99-club-2.docx
99-club-2.docx
99-club.docx
99-club.docx
Art and Design june 18.pdf
Art and Design june 18.pdf
Autumn Term 2 Multiplication and Division.pdf
Autumn Term 2 Multiplication and Division.pdf

 

 

cornerstones plan.docx
cornerstones plan.docx
D and T 18.pdf
D and T 18.pdf
Geography june 18.pdf
Geography june 18.pdf
History june 18.pdf
History june 18.pdf
Maths targets.doc
Maths targets.doc
PSHE KEY STAGE 1 AND 2 PSHE KEY STAGE 1 AND 2.docx.docx
PSHE KEY STAGE 1 AND 2 PSHE KEY STAGE 1 AND 2.docx.docx
reading booklet for parents reading booklet for parents.docx.pdf
reading booklet for parents reading booklet for parents.docx.pdf
Reading leaflet (1).docx
Reading leaflet (1).docx
Science 18.pdf
Science 18.pdf
times table challenge grids.doc
times table challenge grids.doc

 

Our Values...

Curiosity

Curiosity

We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.

Creativity

Creativity

We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.

Excellence

Excellence

We are the best we can be.

Integrity

Responsible

We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.

Determination

Determination

We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm

We are passionate about learning.


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