Experiences are our Inspiration
At Blyton cum Laughton we aim to educate the children in the fullest sense of the word by providing a broad and balanced curriculum. The school staff are committed to the effective implementation of the National Curriculum. Our aim is to translate the requirements of the National Curriculum into positive learning opportunities for all our pupils including access to inspiring visitors and opportunities to experience exciting visits.
Experiences, with the majority linked to the curriculum, have included:
Creating the big picture of learning
At Blyton cum Laughton School, the curriculum is developed to allow the children to learn and progress the skills they need in order to access the core and foundation subjects in the National Curriculum. For the 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years, we also introduced themes to stimulate learning, for example, 'Adventures in Archaeology'.
For the 2018/19 academic year onwards we aim to put reading at the centre of our curriculum. A working party will begin work on this curriculum Spring Term 2018. We aim to create a curriculum which is excellent and enjoyable by changing the balance between what children know and what they can do. By improving the quality of learning, through picture books and children's novels, we aim to build a skills based approach broadening the range of progressive skills that are taught and ensure these are embedded through the inspirational texts.
The school is continually reviewing the curriculum in order to meet the needs of the National Curriculum and the individual needs of the children. During the Autumn Term 2017, we have revised the PSHE curriculum and identified areas for development in the Computing curriculum which will be supported by our recent successful 'Awards for All' bid.
Children in the reception class work towards the Early Learning Goals by means of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. We provide parental workshops throughout the year to share with you strategies to help children at home. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to visit school, for example, 'Stay and Play' which proved to be a huge success.
Key Stage 1 and 2:
Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum is in accordance with National Curriculum requirements made up of the following elements:
a) Religious Education and Collective Worship
b) The Core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science.
c) The Foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design & Technology, Music, Art, Computing, Physical Education, PSHE & Citizenship.
Religious Education & Collective Worship (Led by Mrs Batey)
As a Church of England voluntary aided school we closely follow the Church’s year, recognising the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
In Religious Education we use a thematic approach incorporating all subjects and is based on the agreed Lincolnshire Education Syllabus. This gives a central place to the study of Christianity, including Christian beliefs and practices, and the Bible. Other religions are also studied in some depth. It is hoped that by providing a wide range of experiences the child will become more aware of his world, himself and other people, and will be able to appreciate moral qualities such as loyalty, bravery and truth etc.
As a Church of England school we have a daily act of worship which is broadly Christian based. We have close links with local churches and Reverend Mark Briscoe regularly leads assemblies and acts of worship both in school and in the village churches.
Parents and carers have a right to withdraw their children from acts of worship and religious knowledge lessons. Requests for this should be made to the Head Teacher stating the reasons why in writing.
English and Read Write Inc (led by Miss Pennington)
English is recognised as fundamental to the children’s learning and is an essential and integral part of all areas of the curriculum. We aim for children to communicate effectively in speech and writing with confidence and precision. Our children are encouraged to listen with understanding and respond appropriately. We aim for pupils to be independent, enthusiastic and knowledgeable readers. Pupils are taught to structure sentences grammatically, to punctuate and spell correctly and to use a legible style of handwriting. This academic year we have introduced a range of strategies inspired by the visual image to further develop our young writers; this may include the increased use of picture books and film. We are also developing our use of the learning environment to share good examples. We use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme and have recently acquired the RWI Get Spelling programme.
Mathematics (Led by Mrs Batey)
Mathematics provides the children with a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate ideas and information, and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. We aim to promote a positive attitude among our children towards mathematics, and stimulate their curiosity to seek further answers. By the time the children leave Blyton cum Laughton School they will have experienced a wide range of mathematical strategies which enable them to use and apply with greater confidence. We have recently introduced the White Rose scheme to ensure children have the opportunity to develop their reasoning skills on the journey to mastery.
Science (Led by Mrs Fernandez)
Science is concerned with the exploration of the world in which we live. All too often, we take the wonders of nature present in our environments for granted. At Blyton cum Laughton School we encourage children to discover their world through first hand experience where possible. The teaching of science is approached through topics or themes allowing the acquisition, not only of a working knowledge of facts and principles, but of skills, attitudes and methods of working.
History & Geography (Led by Mrs Geraghty)
History and Geography are covered through topic work following the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Where possible children learn about the past and their environment through first hand sources. We make use of our local environment to pursue historical and geographical inquiry as well as finding out about how people lived long ago and places far away. This year, the inspiration for our BcL500 Words writing competition linked heavily with Victorian history and the church.
Computing (Led by Mrs Fernandez)
The children begin to use computing in the foundation stage and have the opportunity to develop their capabilities as they progress through the school. This will include acquiring and developing the skills associated with using ICT; and understanding how ICT can be used to communicate and handle information, control and monitor events, and model real and imaginary situations.
All the children use networked computers which gives access to the Internet through the Lincolnshire County Council Intranet site which allows pupils access to the World Wide Web. The speed of development in computing means the school is currently updating its ICT resources; including the interactive whiteboards, digital technology and a hardware suitable for school use. A recent successful bid for an Awards for All grant will enable the school to update in a number of areas.
Design & Technology (Led by Mr Duke)
Technology is about designing and communicating, making and testing and evaluating, and encouraging children to go beyond their first ideas and seek alternatives. This has the advantage of helping pupils to develop the skills of self evaluation and self criticism. At Blyton cum Laughton school, children are given every opportunity to investigate. Opportunities are provided through a range of construction work using a variety of materials.
We also value the development of life skills such as cooking. Children in KS2 have the opportunity to learn how to cook three dishes before they leave primary school. This is highly valued by the children.
Music (Led by Mrs Batey)
The aim of music is to develop the children’s sensibility to, their understanding of and their enjoyment of music. This is achieved through being actively involved in listening, composing and performing. As well as key skills being taught, the children use these skills by taking part in regular musical activities, singing, playing and performing. We are proud as a school to take part in the Church Festival every year. We also provide opportunities for children to learn instruments, including the ukelele, thanks to the Lincolnshire Music Service.
Art (Led by Mr Duke)
Blyton cum Laughton School provides children with a wide range of Art based activities. As well as the acquisition of relevant skills we seek to develop the children’s understanding of what they see and experience, increase their powers of observation and develop their imagination. The children study a range of artists and craft’s people in order to develop a greater understanding of their work.
Blyton cum Laughton School has been awarded the Artsmark. Artsmark is a national award scheme managed by the Arts Council that recognises schools with a high level of provision in the arts. An Artsmark shows how much a school cares about arts in education. By gaining an Artsmark, our school has shown its commitment to the wider development of our young people and to raising the profile of the arts in the school and local community.
Physical Education (led by Mrs Holt)
The school is proud to have achieved the Active Mark Award for sport. This recognises our commitment to PE, School Sport and Sports’ Club. All children participate in Physical Education lessons that include apparatus work, educational gymnastics, dance, athletics and games.
Swimming is an essential element within the curriculum and EYFS, KS1 and KS2 children participate through the use of the local pool in Gainsborough throughout the year.
The PE curriculum at Blyton cum Laughton inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically demanding activities. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed our whole school values.
When learning in PE we hope children will:
Our curriculum includes:
Additionally, we also offer the opportunity for our children to take part in a residential stay in Derbyshire, experiencing the ‘real outdoors’. Activities include: climbing, archery, bouldering and stream walk, amongst others. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to:
Competitions and Festivals
Our children take part in a variety of competitions and festivals in a range of different sporting activities through the Gainsborough and District Sports Association, and the Cherry Willingham Sports Partnership. Recently, this has included:
Interschool football league
athletics - track and field competition
quick sticks hockey
mini tennis clubs
At Blyton cum Laughton we utilise the expertise of our staff, sports coach (Mr Johnson) and whole school community. We have been able to offer a range of clubs both at a lunch time and after school
If you have a sporting skill/qualification and would like to become involved in forthcoming clubs, please do get in touch.
Karate (The club use the premises but this is not an official school club.)
Homework and home activities
Homework is sent home on a weekly basis and focuses mainly on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. Homework does not just mean formal exercises carried out by children without the help of adults. Particularly in the case of younger children, it is the involvement of parents and carers in joint activities, which can be brief, which is most valuable to children’s learning. As the children get older we aim to encourage them to research and plan work to be used in class. Regular reading for all children at every level is important for the development of this life skill.
Citizenship and PHSE (led by Mr Duke)
In the Autumn Term of 2017 we have adopted the PSHE Association Curriculum to ensure our children learn about Living in the Wider World, Relationships and Health and Wellbeing. It is a high priority of the school that all children learn tolerance and respect for others as well as what makes for good relationships. We encourage them to become independent, responsible members of the school community. We have an active school council that liaises with pupils, staff and Governors on aspects of the school’s procedures as well as organising some charity events. As a consequence of this, there are very few incidents of bullying or intolerance within the school.
Children below Year 5 receive no formal sex education in school, but questions are answered readily and sensitively according to the age and needs of the child. In Years 5 and 6 a talk is given to the children about personal hygiene. This is followed by a short lesson for Year 6 only, on growing up. Parents are invited to view the film used about growing up. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any of these sessions if they wish.
Special Educational Needs (Mrs Briscoe will take over the responsibility from Mrs Fernandez Jan 18)
Our policy is to provide for all pupils with special educational needs. The policy includes detailed information about the school’s philosophy, processes and procedures in terms of our provision for all pupils with special educational needs, with reference to staffing, other support and links with parents.
Your child will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which will include as much work as possible under the National Curriculum. Your child may be identified as having Special Educational Needs if he or she is experiencing learning difficulties and requires special help or provision.
Parents are involved in the development of Individual Learning Programmes with the class teacher and the Special Needs Co-ordinator. The success of a particular programme is reviewed and a decision made on the next steps to take for the benefit of the child.
If problems persist assistance will be sought for additional support from outside agencies – this support can be in two forms: a special needs assistant to work with an individual child and outreach support from special school staff to assist the class teacher in the further assessment of particular difficulties and the setting of individualised learning programmes.
At an appropriate stage, with the consent of the parents, the LA Educational Psychologist will be consulted and if necessary a formal assessment will be made.
All children on the special needs register have a review of their progress each term to which parents are invited and the children’s views are sought.
High Attaining Children
Some pupils are assessed as working well above the expected norm for their age. We will meet their needs by ensuring they are taught at the appropriate skill level in the relevant curriculum areas.
We are able to offer a range of out of school activities. We offer football and netball training from late spring until October at the Blyton Site. During the summer we have an athletics club also at the Blyton Site. Lunchtime clubs at both sites include, gardening, singing, sewing and games. We are dependent on the goodwill of parents and staff to run these clubs throughout the year.
Healthy Schools Initiative
We pride ourselves on being a healthy school and children are encouraged to bring fresh drinking water into school daily. All the children are given a water bottle when they start school and can then be purchased from the school office. Additionally, Key Stage 1 children are provided with a piece of fruit at morning break time. Key Stage 2 pupils bring fruit or a healthy cereal bar for morning break. We also have our Healthy Tuck Shop at the KS2 site, a piece of fruit can be brought from the tuck shop for 20p.