The School Curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to meet the full requirements of the National Curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2. We aim to promote excellence and the highest possible standards for all our pupils. The curriculum of our school is organised so that children are stimulated, encouraged and challenged to develop their individual potential and personality to the full. It is our intention that children leave Blackrod Church School having experienced a broad and exciting curriculum, and that their experiences when learning are positive and memorable.
Phonics teaching in based on the Letters and Sounds programme. The reading system is split in to halves; ‘Learning to Read’ and ‘Broadening Reading Experiences’. As children are learning to read we use Rigby Star Books in order to provide a developmental and progressive system to develop children into fluent readers. As they become confident and fluent to a good standard (around Year 2 or 3) they will then transfer onto our Accelerated Reader system which takes children onto real novels. This system ensures that children are reading a rich and varied selection of books at the correct level for their reading range.
Here at BCS from Years 1 to 5 we use Maths No Problem to enable children to master maths skills. It is based on the research and lesson approaches used in Singapore. To find out some more about the fundamental idea behind the structure as well as some great videos demonstrating the approach to calculations please follow the link http://www.mathsnoproblem.co.uk/parent-videos
Each year group delivers a set of ‘topics’ during the year that covers the National Curriculum pertinent to them. These are planned iannually but are flexible in approach; sometimes we adapt what we teach in order to respond to the interest of the class or respond to an event in the world. This helps us to keep the curriculum alive with interesting and exciting coverage. Topic overviews are available on the website.
When teaching we are always mindful of meeting the needs of different learners. Some children will need additional support in order to access learning whilst others will need extra challenge to enable them to work at greater depth in a subject. We aim to ensure that all children become masters of their year group curriculum so they can confidently tackle the subjects presented. In school we have a mantra of ‘keep up not catch up’ and continually strive to ensure that all children can access the main teaching of a lesson rather than having it made easier for them and therefore putting a cap on their learning. We deliver intervention programmes when necessary to boost individuals or small groups as well as pre-teaching skills so that children have a better chance of ‘keeping up’ with a lesson rather than falling behind.
We teach from the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education and from Roots and Fruits - a resource that supports
Christian worship and spiritual and moral development in our school.
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