At Blackhall Primary School we use a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a topic. Within the topic, children are able to practise and apply their Literacy and Numeracy skills in other subject areas.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
With that, we also place an importance on the discrete teaching of some subject elements as we believe basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy underpin our children’s ability to make sense of the world. Early reading skills are taught through the Read, Write, inc programmes. As a school we aim to enthuse children as readers and offer reading materials from a number of well-known schemes; Oxford Reading Tree, New Way, Tree Tops, Story Street, Streetwise, Sunshine Books, Big Cat, Storyworlds, and Pearsons Phonics Bug.
Our school has also launched Accelerated Reader. This program allows children to choose books at their own level and then take an online quiz for each book they read developing comprehension skills.
Our ‘Long Term Plans’ show each year group’s overview of topics and curriculum learning.
- Reception Curriculum Map
- Year 1 Curriculum Map
- Year 2 Curriculum Map
- Year 3 Curriculum Map
- Year 4 Curriculum Map
- Year 5 Curriculum Map
- Year 6 Curriculum Map
Our ‘Topic Maps’ show each year group’s termly areas of learning. They are led by the pupils to determine what they already know about the topic, what they would like to know and what they have learned (see class section of website).
Our curriculum ensures:
- A range of teaching and learning styles.
- Differentiated learning materials.
- Access to ICT and Technology.
- Additional in class support.
- Additional out of class support.
- Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning.
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work.
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions.
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities (link) including booster sessions.
- Assessment procedures which emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements.
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
- Support for Improving Emotional and Social Development.
In addition, we have a Child Inclusion Worker who supports:
- Social Development.
- Emotional Development.
- Multi-agency Support.
- First Aid.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils’ needs.
At times, and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented to successfully match a pupil’s ability to the curriculum.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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