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BcL Reading-Inspired Curriculum

READING IS OUR INSPIRATION

 

At Blyton cum Laughton Church of England Primary School we aim to educate the children by providing a broad and balanced Reading-Inspired Curriculum.  Our aim is to translate the requirements of the National Curriculum into positive learning opportunities for all our pupils, through inspiring picture books, novels, non-fiction and graphic novels. In addition, we aim to access to inspiring visitors and provide opportunities to experience exciting visits linked to our learning.

During each term in Years 1 to 6 the children explore, in depth, a key book; this is generally used as the class reading book in Key Stage 2. To support this book, we then dip into a range of other texts which link to the curriculum areas we are studying. It's like the main actor/actress in a film being ably supported by the supporting cast. Throughout each term we discover a wider range of books which may help teachers to deliver learning in other aspects of their journey, like PSHE, for example. 

This journey is displayed in every classroom so that children and visitors can always see the focus texts of each term. 

 

Inspiration, Extraordinary Lives and Christian Values

 

Inspired by words and illustrations, the main driver of content through our Reading-Inspired Curriculum are our six BcL Inspiration Themes: Diversity, Leadership (including Monarchy and Conflict), Exploration, Innovation & Progress (including a local focus on Agriculture), Care and Protection and Creativity .

 

To support these themes we have identified key figures from history to the present day who children will learn about through each year of their curriculum. This is called BcL Extraordinary Lives. These Extraordinary Lives are split into six categories (Figures of Faith, Leaders, Explorers, Innovators, Carers and Cultural Creators) which each link closely to our six BcL Christian Values of Friendship, Trust, Courage, Thankfulness, Compassion and Hope and back to the BcL Insp

iration Themes. 

 

There is a clear link between our Themes, our Extraordinary Lives and our Christian Values. 

 

CURRENT FOCUS:

We are currently further developing our curriculum to ensure the clear progression of skills both horizontally within each year group and vertically through each year. These BcL Curriculum Subject Progression documents will provide teachers and support staff with detailed clarity about what needs to be taught. The Reading-Inspired Curriculum maps shared on the website provide the headlines - these documents provide the story behind them. The aim is for these documents to be completed for full use by September 2021.  

 

EXPERIENCES

 

Since the introduction of our Reading-Inspired Curriculum, we have increased the number of experiences linked to the curriculum. These have included:

  • Year 6 trip to York (Minster, Railway Museum)
  • FS & KS1 Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • FS & KS1 visit to a local farm
  • Y4/5 trip to North Lincs Museum
  • FS & KS1 trip to The Deep
  • Year 6 Construction Day at Lincolnshire Showground
  • Pantomime visit
  • FS & KS1 'Dear Santa' theatre trip
  • Lincoln Knight visitor
  • Y5/6 visit to Lincoln Mosque
  • Dinostar (Dinosaur expert visit)
  • Author visit (Steve Bowkett)
  • Reptile expert visitor

 

EYFS:

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 is a huge success. We have recently acquired Tapestry (Sept 19), an online App which enhances learning and communication at home and school.

 

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 working alongside Understanding Christianity.  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 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 Mrs Newbury)

 

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, hence books being the key inspiration for our curriculum.  Pupils are taught to structure sentences grammatically, to punctuate and spell correctly and to use a legible style of handwriting. Since the implementation of our Reading-Inspired Curriculum, 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 . We do not use a specific scheme for reading in school.

 

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. In the recent past, the inspiration for our BcL500 Words writing competition linked heavily with Victorian history and the church. We increasingly use high-quality non-fiction texts to further enhance the learning experience, for example, year groups in key stage 2 frequently dip into Steve Noon's A Street Through Time to help visualise times in history.

 

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.

 

We have recently acquired a number of Ipads which will enable us to develop our computing curriculum more effectively. The school is currently updating its ICT resources; including the interactive whiteboards, digital technology and hardware suitable for school use. 

 

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 Church of England Primary 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 regularly take part in the Church Schools' Festival. We also provide opportunities for children to learn instruments, including the ukelele, thanks to the Lincolnshire Music Service. For the last three years, children in key stage 2 have attended the incredible Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena: an unforgettable experience. 

 

Art (Led by Mr Duke)

 

Blyton cum Laughton Church of England Primary 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. From September 2019, we have been developing the use of sketch books to help children understand the process from inspiration to a final outcome. 

 

Artsmark

 

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 Church of England Primary School 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. We are proud of our commitment to sport and the success children have experienced in recent years both representing the school and as individuals.
 

When learning in PE we hope children will:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of activities
  • be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

 

Our curriculum includes:

  • dance
  • gymnastics
  • games (such as football, netball, cricket, hockey, rounders, tennis)
  • athletics
  • swimming from Foundation Stage upwards
  • table tennis
  • paralympic sports
  • outdoor and adventurous activities

 

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 a stream walk, amongst others. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to:

  • develop social awareness,
  • build confidence and other personal qualities
  • develop teamwork and related skills

 

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:

  • Inter-school football league

  • athletics - track and field competition

  • swimming gala

  • quick sticks hockey

  • mini-tennis clubs


At Blyton cum Laughton Church of England Primary School 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. Clubs have included: 

  • football

  • key stage 1 multi-sports

  • netball

  • dance

 

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, and are the most valuable to children’s learning. Regular reading for all children at every level is important for the development of this life skill. Children are expected to access TTRock Stars to develop their times table speed and Spelling Shed to focus on their specific spelling requirements.

 

Citizenship and PSHE (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 have the right to withdraw their children from any of these sessions if they wish.

 

Sex and Relationship Education

We will be following National Curriculum guidance on SRE and mapping out the content in the academic year 2020/21 ready for the summer term.

 

Special Educational Needs (Mrs Briscoe)

 

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.

 

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. (This is not currently running due to COVID19)

 

If you should have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.

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