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:
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- 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:
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
The vast majority of these subjects are taught as part of a creative curriculum approach. This means that the basic skills of all subjects are more important than information learning.
In both Key Stages Literacy covers the development of skills in Reading, Writing, Phonics, Spelling.
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, 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.
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 Oxford Reading Tree.
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.
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.
All pupils receive a daily numeracy 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 every lesson, 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.
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.
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
For more information about our Curriculum please feel free to contact us using the numbers/emails provided.