Our Curriculum 

  

Intent

Be respectful. Be kind. Be extraordinary.

   

Blacko Primary School intends to implement a progressive and nurturing curriculum that provides high-quality opportunities for pupils to grow from tiny seeds into mighty trees. A family-feel environment whereby children are challenged to be the best that they can be and who are prepared for their next steps in their education as lifelong resilient learners.

 

     

At Blacko, we endeavour to provide this by: 

  

Encouraging a positive mindset amongst our children as it is often through mistakes, we learn the most.

Developing a concept-led curriculum which is focused on the growth of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning. 

Being a reflective school who continually strive to improve our teaching and learning in light of the latest research.

Promoting the diversity of life, celebrate difference, democracy and advocate respect for all. 

  

   

‘Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain the same’

  

  

  

  

The Curriculum

 

At Blacko Primary School, we focus on a broad and balanced, skills with knowledge based curriculum centered around

7 key concepts, these being:

Local Knowledge

Creative Minds

Inspiring Journeys

Embracing Diversity

Exploring Elements

Healthy Me

Environmental Impact

These concepts are covered progressively through the school from Reception to Year 6 whereby our children explore

'Big Picture Questions'  in relation to each focus area.

  

 

  

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is delivered to children in Reception. There are 7 key areas within the EYFS, these are:

Prime Areas

  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas 

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the World 

   

  

  

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 consists of Years 1 & 2 (i.e. children aged 5 - 7 years)

  

  
Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 consists of Years 3,4,5 & 6 (i.e. children aged 7 -11 years)

  

  

  

The 2014 National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is delivered to children in KS1 and KS2, the subjects are:

Subjects

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Geography
  • History
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

The vast majority of these subjects are taught as part of a concept-led creative curriculum approach.

  

Literacy

In both Key Stages Literacy covers the development of skills in Reading, Writing, Phonics, Spelling.

 

Reading

At Blacko Primary School we believe that all pupils can achieve in Reading, both for pleasure and in their comprehension and understanding. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress.

We believe through reading, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We feel that reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

 

Our intent is to:

  • Ensure pupils read easily, fluently and with a good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary and understanding of the conventions of reading
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

 

The working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The understanding that the letter on the page represents the sounds in spoken words. This begins with phonics teaching in early years. Here we use Phonics Bug, Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree to ensure skill coverage and progression are consistent throughout pupil’s phonics journey.

  

With consideration to Metacognition, the process of model, share and do is embedded into the reading comprehension lessons, to ensure long-term retention of skills and information to aid pupils in later life and empower them for life beyond Blacko Primary School. Reading comprehension sessions delve deep into the different reading domains set out in the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) research on Improving English Key Stage 1 and Improving English in Key Stage 2.

  

At Blacko we strive to achieve high standards in Reading through a range of strategies which build on the wealth of rich literature available to children of all ages and abilities. A structured reading scheme runs throughout the school and a wide range of material is available to develop and extend children's reading at their individual levels. 
 

During lessons, Whole Class, Shared and Guided Reading, which begins from the earliest stages, involves parents in their child's progress as they are learning to read. Our aim is that this involvement continues throughout your child's primary school life. Parents are requested to share chosen material and to become involved by reading, talking, enjoying and enthusing. Reporting back to school and discussion with your child's teacher are key to your child's progression:

     

Word reading across the school:

Year Group

Aspect of Reading

Year R

Sound and word cards for the appropriate phase to read at home alongside reading books.

Year R to Year 6

Use colour coded band books to read at home, evidenced in home reading records, replaced regularly.

Year R to Year 6

Weekly 1:1 reading with pupils and recorded.

Year R to Year 6

A carousel of guided groups and independent activities each week.

Year R to Year 6

Whole-Class Lessons for Word Reading and Comprehension. These are focused on the EEFs content domains in KS1 and content domains in KS2. Each domain is given at least three lessons for the child to absorb the learning, model, share and do it independently.

  


We are proud to have a wonderful library with a wide range of books for all ages and a computerised school based library loan service, along with iPads and Kindles to promote reading for the 21st Century learner. All children are encouraged to take a full library membership in Pendle to provide access to a vast range of texts.

  

The current schemes used within the school are Pearson's Bug Club and Rigby Star

   

  

Writing

At Blacko we have a fully integrated, structured writing programme which flows seamlessly through all years. Children receive a daily Literacy lesson for 45 minutes in KS1 and 1 hour in KS2. We support children with expressing creativity through their writing and encourage children's individual personalities and imagination. At Blacko we are passionate about developing spelling skills and have adopted a whole school spelling policy so that children skills can progress through the years, each child has their own dictionary and spelling journal in class. We also have termly, whole school 'Spelling Bee' quizzes for children to learn their spellings whilst having fun!
 
During themed weeks we have arranged visits from local children's authors which provide children with the opportunity to express their ideas and develop their skills.
 

A Parents Guide - Understanding Progress in English


Phonics

Phonics is delivered to children in the EYFS, KS1 and continues into KS2. At Blacko primary School we use the 'Phonics Bug' scheme. Phonics teaches children to recognise the different sounds represented by letters. Before children are introduced to books, they are taught individual sounds to construct words. For example, when taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, the children can build up the words "tap", "pat", "pats", "taps" and "sat".  There are 6 Phases within Phonics and activities are planned around practical, motivating and challenging experiences for all ages and abilities.

Phonics Bug

Information for Parents - Learning to read through phonics 

Phonic sounds and stages


Mathematics

At Blacko Primary School we believe that all pupils can achieve in Mathematics, for their fundamental mathemaitical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning application and understanding. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress.

We believe through Maths, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We feel that Maths teaching enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

  

Our intent is to:

  • Ensure pupils apply Maths easily, fluently and with a good understanding,
  • Have a strong foundation of the fundamentals of mathematics in varied practice,
  • Are able to confidently reason mathematically,
  • Apply their mathematical understanding to solve problems,
  • Ensure that our pupils are confident and prepared for the next step of their educational journey 

  

With consideration to Metacognition, the process of model, share and do is embedded into Maths lessons, to ensure long-term retention of skills and information to aid pupils in later life and empower them for life beyond Blacko Primary School. Patterns and Connections sessions delve deep into the different concepts of Mathematics and domains set out in National Curriculum and understanding from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) research on Improving Mathematics in Key Stage 2 and 3.

  

All pupils receive a daily Maths lesson; KS1 for 50 minutes and KS2 for 1 hour. Teaching is centred around practical, enthusing, real life, challenging and inspiring activities. ICT incorporated in to lessons, both in whole class teaching and independent tasks, wherever possible. Children have the opportunity to develop their skills both inside and outside of the classroom allowing children to understand how their learning process fits in to everyday life:

 

Maths Teaching through the School:

Year Group

Aspect of Maths

Year R

Daily Number recognition and application

Year R to Year 6

Daily Patterns and Connections Teaching

Year R to Year 6

Daily Maths Lesson Teaching

Year 1 to Year 6

Three Times per Week Times Table Teaching


   
Each half term the children divide in to five groups and take part in a whole school 'Maths Master Class' which provides a fun, interactive and innovative approach to learning problem solving skills. Children work as a team and encourage each other through the process allowing all ages and abilities to develop their skills.

  

A parents Guide - Understanding Progress in Mathematics 

 

  

Schemes we are using 

  • Phonics Bug - Phonics planning 
  • Word Smith - English planning
  • Abacus - Math planning
  • Science Bug - Science planing 
  • Twinkl - S.P.A.G and spelling
  • Bug Club and Rigby Star - Reading Scheme 

National Curriculum 

 

For more information about our Curriculum please feel free to contact us using the numbers/emails provided.