Blakedown CE Primary School provides a curriculum that covers both the statutory requirements and the needs of the children within the school. Our curriculum has 'drivers', these personalise the learning towards areas that we feel the children in our school need to focus on. Currently, our curriculum drivers are:
Knowledge of the World
and Personal & Social Wellbeing
Our curriculum is carefully planned and is linked to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum so that the needs of our mixed age classes are met. Content is always differentiated so that every child can access the curriculum at their level to provide challenge and success. Learning groups are organised in a variety of ways to best suit the children's needs and the aims of the lesson and can vary between sessions and in relation to the children's age.
Our curriculum is led by the needs of the children through whole school topics. All staff spend time together to discuss links between different subject areas that covers both statutory requirements and the needs of our children. Topics are shared with the pupils the term before they start so that they are able to have a voice in steering the context and content towards their interests allowing for curiosity, commitment and engagement towards the learning. The curriculum is then designed by the teaching staff.
The curriculum is based on statutory guidance with core subjects: Literacy, Science, Numeracy and Computing. As a Church School R.E. is also regarded as a core subject. Other foundation subjects are Art, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Languages, Music and Physical Education. We also believe that the pupils benefit from studying PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education) as these skills underpins personal understanding, success and happiness. We also deliver a structured and age appropriate Sex and Relationships Education to all age groups.
We believe that children need positive learning behaviours to succeed - the 'Secrets of Success' which underpin how effective a learner we can be. Therefore we also teach children that to make mistakes is a step to succeeding and that we should persevere and try again. The 'Secrets of Success' are:
try new things
don't give up
understand others and
As a primary school we are organised to include children from the ages 4-11 years old. The National Curriculum is structured in three key stages:
Early Years Foundation Stage: 3-5 years old - Reception
Key Stage 1: 5-7 years old - Class 1 & 2
Key Stage 2: 7-11 years old - Class 3 & 4
Please see below for guidance on the new National Curriculum and what is taught in each year group and subject.