Here at Blaise we live our values and our curriculum intent is driven by our school mission statement:
By ensuring our comprehensive and inspiring curriculum is embedded in all aspects of school life. By providing learners with the knowledge and skills they need to support them in their next stage of education and future life. By using assessment to effectively inform teaching: checking that children know more and remember more.
By ensuring learners are ready to become responsible, tolerant, respectful active citizens that care for each other and the environment for the rest of their lives. We want the children to aim high; to think big; to have no limits. We are continually working together to ensure that the curriculum we create enhances the experiences and opportunities available to all our children, particularly the most disadvantaged, to enrich their cultural capital and create success.
To ensure learners have the necessary knowledge and skills to have choices and make a success of their lives. We believe all learners should have a voice and the tools to able to think, express themselves and ask questions. Reading is the beating heart of our curriculum.
Thriving on Challenge
To provide an experience-rich curriculum that enables all learners to engage, enjoy and excel in as many subjects, interests and activities as possible. Learners will feel equipped for challenges ahead and be full of awe and wonder with a sense of curiosity and confidence to take on the world.
Believing we can
At Blaise we believe we are all learners and that everyone can achieve to the highest levels. We ensure that all our children feel safe and happy at school and are provided with an education grounded in the positive relationships, stability, self esteem, health and well being that they need in order to thrive and achieve.
‘Let the text be the beating heart of the lesson’ Andrew Dalby
Blaise Primary School aims for our children to become lifelong readers who not only can read, but do read; not only can write, but do write.
- Children to be confident and fluent readers who enjoy reading and realise the value in it.
- Children to be able to write and spell clearly and fluently for a range of purposes and audiences.
- To be responsible for their own learning, including improving and developing their own writing.
- To develop a love of words and their meanings which will continue to grow with their vocabulary.
- To be able to respectfully and confidently articulate their opinions in any situation.
- To develop their creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
- Children to be exploring a wide variety of high quality texts.
How we approach Literacy at Blaise:
- The teaching of literacy is in line with expectations set out in the National Curriculum.
- Assessment of the children’s current abilities in writing and reading forms the basis of all planning.
At Blaise we follow the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ using images, actions and rhymes to ensure a multi sensory approach to learning. Systematic teaching of phonics and on-going assessments support early reading and writing and provides children with a firm foundation on which to build.
Phonics is taught daily in Reception and Year One as a whole class alongside small group and individual sessions as needed.
Our aim is that all children will have a sound knowledge and understanding of phonics by the end of Key Stage 1. Some children will, however, need continued support in Key Stage 2.
Overview: at Blaise reading is the beating heart of our curriculum. As such reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, because we know that extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make the single most important contribution to learners’ achievement in education and in the world beyond.
Children will be reading high quality texts chosen by teachers who are passionate about reading and know the texts well. Children will be given a wide range of reading opportunities and experiences throughout the timetable. Reading should continue beyond the school gates and be fully supported at home by parents who understand how the school teaches reading and are, in turn, fully supported by the school.
‘Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.’ Albert Einstein
Mathematics is a subject full of patterns. There is an unending array of fascinating connections to investigate. There are puzzles to tease over, strategies to develop and facts to learn.
Mathematics is colourful, vibrant and physical. It is not one thing but a myriad of intricately woven threads and ideas. It is in the tangible world around us and in the abstract thoughts in our mind.
Engaging in mathematics stimulates curiosity, wonder and satisfaction. The contributions mathematics has made to our society, from the mundane to the magnificent, ensure its place in the future. The children of today are our future in technology, medicine and the environment. Mathematics will be their constant companion.
At Blaise we follow the National Curriculum. The aims of the curriculum are to ensure that all learners:
- become fluent in basic facts such times tables and formal written calculations
- reason mathematically, being able to prove or justify their thinking
- solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge
At Blaise we aim to do this by:
- encouraging fascination and excitement in the discovery of new concepts
- encouraging a Growth Mindset. It is not 'I can't do it' but 'I can't do it yet'
- using physical resources to embed concrete understanding
- encouraging the children to search for patterns, make connections and apply the mathematical knowledge they already have
- encouraging children to work collaboratively using mathematical language in their discussions
- encouraging children to work independently and consider making mistakes as a positive opportunity for learning
- broadening children’s awareness of how mathematics is used in the wider world.
‘Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity and is the torch which illuminates the world.’ Louis Pasteur
We believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all learners should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, through our carefully planned curriculum progression, learners are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and awe and wonder about the world around them. Learners are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
‘The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.’ George Orwell
A high-quality history education is fundamental to all learners. It enables leaners gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of their own past, their country’s past and the origins of the context of the wider world in which we all live today. At Blaise we aim to inspire curiosity to know more about the past. We bring this learning to life in the classroom and beyond, through active learning, trips, experiences, our environment, artefacts and links to the community and real life. Learners will learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement as well as talk about, debate, record and write well. History enables us to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as our own identity and the challenges of our lives. Most importantly it enables historians to gather the available evidence, to evaluate it and form a balanced and well-argued judgement.
‘Geography underpins a lifelong ‘conversation’ about the earth as the home of humankind.’ Geography Association
At Blaise we believe that a high-quality geography education inspires in learners a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A geographical perspective is essential for learners to understand the greatest challenge of our times – climate change - and to enable them to do something about it. Teaching will equip learners 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. As learners progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
'Somewhere beyond right and wrong there is a field, I will meet you there.' Rumi
Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. We follow Discovery RE, an enquiry-based curriculum. The enquiry approach makes RE exciting, relevant and engaging for all our learners. With a total of 59 enquiry modules in the planning from EYFS thorough to year 6, Christianity is taught in every year group. Festivals such as Christmas and Easter are given fresh treatment every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism and other spiritual views are also included. A link to the medium term planning for all year groups is here.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PHSE)
In PSHE at Blaise learners develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for learners, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
In February 2019 the Department for Education launched statutory guidance to accompany introduction of compulsory health education, relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) in 2020.
At Blaise we teach PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and economic Education) through a scheme called Jigsaw.
The scheme is split into 6 puzzles (one per term)
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference (including Anti-Bullying)
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
Lessons are taught weekly and include circle time activities, class discussions and time to reflect. All lessons cover age appropriate topics.
Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
If you would like more information about the subject please pop in and make an appointment or check out the Jigsaw website www.jigsawpshe.co.uk
‘90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine’. Dr Roger Sperry, 1981 Nobel Prize winner for brain research
We believe in the importance of being active. PE is taught by specialist sports coaches as well as class teachers. Children learn a range of indoor and outdoor sports, using our facilities on our school field and on our school site. Children take part in swimming lessons in Years 3, 5 and 6.
‘I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.’ Plato
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to deliver a high-quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and nurtures their talent as musicians. We aim to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As learners progress, we foster their development of a critical engagement with music, including enabling them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
‘Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.’ Stephen Hawking
At Blaise we want to ensure that all of our learners and confident and competent in using technology, and have the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe from technology-related harm. Our aim is to develop an engaging approach to making sure we keep our children, their families and the wider school community safe in the digital world and enrich their cultural capital and experience. We take E-Safety very seriously. In September 2019 we joined the National Crime Agency - CEOP Education team list as a pilot school for Primary-age materials.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems and believe that a high-quality computing education equips learners to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which learners are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, learners are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that learners become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Art and Design
‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ Pablo Picasso
At Blaise we aim to foster the artist in everyone. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges learners; equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We have designed our Art and DT curriculum to ensure that learners are taught a broad range of skills using a variety of different materials including clay, pastels, chalk, paints and charcoal. During their time at Blaise, learners are introduced to different mediums, including sculpture, print, collage, and fine art (which covers drawing and painting). Learners are inspired by the work of famous artists and designers and learn to think critically about their own work and that of others.
Modern Foreign Languages
‘You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.' Czech proverb
We believe that learning a language is important as an educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils, who can develop communication skills, and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English.
We aim to foster enthusiasm for language and raise awareness of the cultures of the countries of languages studied; and deepen understanding of the world.
We learn about the multicultural world around us and have the opportunity to develop interest in the culture of other nations.
MFL is a national curriculum subject which has the potential for valuing diversity and challenging intolerance and racism. We ensure that children develop the four key skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. From years 3-6 we learn Spanish. Children are introduced to Spanish during their day, for example when answering the register, from Nursery onwards.
Blaise Curriculum Implementation Statement
The National Curriculum sets out what all schools are required to teach and the level of achievement which learners are expected to reach from years 1 to 6. In Early Years we follow the EYFS Curriculum and Development Matters.
Our carefully planned curriculum ensures that all aspects of the National Curriculum programmes of study are taught in a way which means progression is visible and meaningful and gaps can be easily identified and addressed. We have established a framework which links within and right across our learning programme which provides a wealth of opportunities for learners to apply key literacy and numeracy skills across the whole curriculum. We pride ourselves in giving children opportunities to apply these skills to real-life contexts. We use the Essentials Curriculum to help ensure there is a clear progression of threshold concepts - those 'big ideas' which shape learners' thinking within each subject - are explored and gradually increased, consitently, in every year group. We have a breadth and range of contexts in which the knowledge and skills are learned and transferred, deepened and embedded. This additional breadth of study is to enable our learners to enrich their cultural capital. Our curriculum is designed, implemented and monitored so that children can learn more, know more and remember more.
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