Curriculum at Blandford St Mary
At Blandford St Mary we aim to give our children a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is suited to the abilities and aptitudes of each learner.
We seek to provide each child with the skills and knowledge to equip them for life in the 21st century through an engaging, creative and challenging curriculum. It is our wish that Blandford St Mary children are inspired and enthused by learning and have the interest and inquisitiveness to become independent lifelong learners.
We follow the National Curriculum using a creative approach to planning and teaching enabling children to fully engage in topics, deepening and applying their knowledge from across all subject areas. Topics or themes vary in length from a week, such as Enterprise week, to a term. These topics aim to include as many different subject areas as possible, but where links cannot be made, subjects maybe taught separately. Maths and English is taught explicitly daily and the skills acquired in those subjects are further applied across the curriculum.
When starting a topic the children are engaged through an entry level activity to capture their interest, gauge their current knowledge and generate questions about what they would like to find out. Their questions will then drive the learning forward throughout the topic. In English and Maths a similar approach with entry and exit activities will help teachers plan and set targets according to the needs of the children and support assessment in focussing on the achievements against the targets set.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught daily through use of Letters and Sounds with the support of Jolly Phonics during the early phases of learning to read, write and spell. As they progress children learn different spelling patterns and rules to support their reading and writing. This will continue throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. Support from home with learning sounds and spellings is encouraged and children will take home sounds and spellings to practice at home weekly.
Reading is an essential life skill and we place an emphasis on developing both reading skills and a love of reading at Blandford St Mary. Children read and are read to everyday in school. There are colour banded books throughout the school so that children are able to access texts at their level for reading in group guided sessions, independently and to take home to read. Alongside banded books children are exposed to a wide range of texts and genres through English and topic work, reading comprehension tasks and weekly visits to the school library. It is expected that children are supported with their reading at home and are heard read at least three times a week.
Children are continually assessed through teacher and teaching assistant observations and marking. If there are occasions where a child may not be progressing as quickly as they could be, or is finding a particular concept difficult to grasp support through interventions can be put into place. This can be as a small group or individual support.
Parents and carers are given information about what their child is learning each half term in curriculum letters. There are links to these letters on this page of the website as well. Each class has a page on the website which gives in insight into the learning the children have been doing and ideas for how to support children at home.
Further information about the curriculum can be accessed on this page of the website.
Please also look at class pages to see what learning has been taking place recently. There are also curriculum letters for parents/carers each half term. See the Parents/carers section for these letters.
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