Here at Blackawton Primary School we have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all our pupils and inspires them to be the best they can be. We have high aspirations for all pupils and through our creative curriculum we teach children the core values of the school alongside the Blackawton Way.
Our curriculum is designed to engage, excite and enable children to foster a love of learning for years to come. Our children are given many opportunities to learn life-long skills in class and in our extra-curricular activities.
Our day begins calmly with a purposeful opening enabling children to enter quiet classrooms early if they wish to read, speak to adults or prepare for the day ahead, and to participate in an early morning task.. All classes have daily maths and English lessons and our creative curriculum encompasses; French, religious education, physical education, geography, history, design and technology, art, science, computing and music all linked to our current learning journey.
We are also a school that looks out beyond the village to Dartmoor, the sea, Europe and links with schools in Ethiopia. All of these connections support our school ethos which places a high priority on an inspiring, flexible, relevant and creative curriculum for all children.
There is a strong ethos of using the outdoors to enrich learning. Children and staff at Blackawton are encouraged to ask the question, ‘why am I doing this indoors?’ To support this approach one of our fields has been turned into our sixth ‘classroom’. It features a poly tunnel, raised beds, an amphitheatre and Forest School zone. We believe learning at Blackawton should have no boundaries.
Knowledge and Skills based curriculum
We operate a three-year rolling programme, using broad titles, in order to ensure child-led planning delivers a rich, balanced, knowledge and skills-based curriculum. The learning environments will facilitate independent learning, where children can challenge themselves; expectations (of children and adults) are high and knowledge and skills are built upon year on year.
Whilst the topic headings have been given a particular subject focus, all foundation subjects will be taught, in line with the national curriculum, through each topic focus.
The focus on Geography, History and The Arts ensures that we secure knowledge and skills progression.
STEM is taught discreetly in each class weekly. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible.
Maths and English are taught discreetly daily. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible.
PE is taught weekly in each class –KS1 and KS2 will be taught through the PEWEB curriculum this year. All children use the mile-a-day track (alternative fun-fit activities happen if weather is too extreme)
Art is taught discreetly through topic themes. Forest school also have art activities weekly. A topic theme dedicated to the arts, for one term each year, ensures progression of skills, techniques and knowledge.
Music is taught weekly, on alternate half-terms, across the school in line with the National Curriculum. Whole school singing happens weekly. Children perform half-termly, in-line with festivals and annual events.
MFL is taught weekly across KS1 and KS2.
Religious Education: taught in line with the Devon Syllabus. Alternate weekly assemblies happen, whereby ‘Open the Book’ role-play of Bible stories, is balanced with stories from other world religions.
Design Technology (including food technology) is taught each term. Additionally, children will access the food technology through a cross-curricular theme – including forest school.
Information Technology is taught weekly.
All children access a Forest School morning or afternoon each week.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum delivered in the Nursery and Reception classes.
These are used to bring the school community together and encourage our family ethos. Key messages around pupil safety and discussions around events in the wider world will be aired in these assemblies. On Fridays we have a celebration assembly which celebrates children’s achievements in learning behaviours, work and attendance. We also hold class assemblies which enable classes to share their work with their peers. Every 2 weeks, members of the local Christian Church offer an ‘Open the Book’ assembly in which bible stories are shared. These assemblies are optional as we are a non-denominational school
There are a few curriculum plans, these can be found on the links below: