Our Curriculum

Learning at Blisland 

Blisland is known for its welcome and friendly atmosphere where children's wellbeing and happiness is our key priority. We take great care to provide a happy, safe environment where children feel secure to play, have fun, explore, experiment, develop confidence and curiosity, and learn.

We are situated in a small village and many of our children attend from neighbouring towns and villages. We have just under 40 children in school. Our location lends itself wonderfully to outdoor learning, and many of our topics and activities are linked to our proximity to farms, mines and moors.

We have strong links with the community and are always looking for ways to enhance learning and the experiences we offer the children in school.

• Teachers choose an enquiry-based question, based on their intimate knowledge of their class and the children take control of the enquiry through their further questions. This is guided by the curriculum objectives that have to be met by learners.

• The children’s work is presented in class floor books which reflect the journey of learning. The use of floor books encourages pupil’s pride and aspiration to do their very best piece of work. Pupils are encouraged to actively engage with the floor books, which enables them to reflect on their learning, commit this to long term memory and enable the transfer of both skills and knowledge.

• The progression ladders form the basis of our coverage of objectives, these allow teachers to monitor and ensure a broad, rich content. Teachers use the ladders to guide their planning once the children have generated their further questions which will shape the enquiry. 
Pupils ongoing progress is recorded alongside these ladders and passed on to the next class teacher at the end of their time in the class. Pupil’s self-assessment through referring to the learning journey adds another dimension to the learning. They are asked the enquiry question before the topic begins and again at the end to show the depth of their understanding.

• Visitors and trips enhance the curriculum and are used to provide first hand experiences which help support real life outcomes.

• Children will feedback on their Learning Journeys to staff, guardians and Governors; ensuring that they are key drivers for improvement.

• Leaders review the curriculum regularly using pupil’s work, progression ladders and pupil conferencing to ensure it remains language rich, diverse and develops the whole child

Phonics 

We teach phonics using Read, write inc. Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage 1. This is followed in Key Stage 2 by regular spelling lessons . (See below for more details about the teaching of phonics)
Spelling lists are given to pupils in year 1 - 6 every half term. 

 

Reading 

Reading: Pupils follow the reading scheme in the early years based on Read, write in and Oxford Reading Tree. Pupils are encouraged to read daily in school and out of school. In school all pupils are taught the skills of reading using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summarise/ sequence). Classes engage in regular guided reading sessions where pupils work in small groups with an adult to read texts together and engage in discussions and activities about the text. Pupils are rewarded for engaging in wider school and home reading using our 'Raffle ticket' scheme. Children receive a raffle ticket every 10-reads and at the end of each term a ticket is pulled out for each Key-stage and the winners receive book tokens.
We have a small library that pupils can access to explore and enjoy books. Most importantly - we want pupils to enjoy reading. 

Writing  

We use Babcock planning and assessment to guide our sequence of learning. We believe it is important for pupils to have something engaging to write about and to have a purpose; therefore we try and use the wider curriculum as our stimuli for writing. We teach SPAG as part of every lesson to build children's understanding of grammar and punctuation.
Pupils are taught to join by using pre cursive  We continue to develop pupils' writing style and speed through regular handwriting sessions. 

Maths 

We use White Rose to structure the sequence of mathematics teaching. We all start the year by looking at Place Value as this is fundamental to the skills for calculation. We block our planning to build skills and knowledge. We plan mathematics to help pupils to master the skills. We achieve this by building through fluency activities to reasoning and problem solving. We give pupils some control of their learning by selecting their starting point and giving all pupil's the opportunity to access the higher level work. To compliment our maths curriculum we use 99 Club. We run this weekly to develop number bonds, times table facts and mental arithmetic. All pupils in year 1 - 6 have 10 minutes to complete their activity. If they make no mistakes they move to the next club. 

Wider Curriculum 

We use skills progression ladders, which we have developed with the support of the Bridge Academy Trust. This ladders were developed by exploring successful curriculums, carrying our research and trialling ideas. The ladders show how skills and knowledge progress and develop over the years at Primary School. 

We start our learning with a question to engage pupils and give them a purpose for their learning. This then gives pupils the opportunity to devise their own questions to direct our learning. 

We plan our questions to be relevant, current and engaging. We also try to ensure a balance of local knowledge and broader knowledge. 

Forest School 

We believe the outdoors gives pupils the opportunity to develop responsibility, confidence, problem solving skills, learn from mistakes and find new interests/ skills. All pupils spend at least half a day in the forest school with our forest school leader. 
We have extracted key areas from the curriculum that can be developed in the forest school including - design technology, maths, science, geography, maths and literacy. 
Alongside this, pupils can also develop forestry skills including: fire making, knot tying, whittling and animal tracking. 

Documents

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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

 

 

Blisland How we teach maths in our school.docx
Blisland How we teach maths in our school.docx
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

Curious

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

Creativity

Creative

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

Excellence

Excellent

We are the best we can be.

Integrity

Responsible

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

Determination

Determined

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

Enthusiasm

Enthusiastic

We are passionate about learning.

Blisland Primary is closed. Wadebridge Primary will act as our 'Hub' school. If you have any concerns or your circumstances change (Critical Worker or Vulnerable Child) contact me asap:
email: head@blislandprimary.co.uk
Tel:01208 814560


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