CURRICULUM INTENT
Our curriculum aims to respect all the articles in the UNCRC. With regards to curriculum development and progression, the following articles underpin our principles and practise:

Article 3 (Best interests of the child): The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. This particularly applies to budget, policy and law makers.

Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.

Article 28: (Right to education): All children have the right to a primary education, which should be free. Wealthy countries should help poorer countries achieve this right. Discipline in schools should respect children’s dignity… Young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.

Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures. It should also help them learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Article 31 (Leisure, play and culture): Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.

 

 

Knowledge and Skills based curriculum

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 through the Blackawton Way.

Our curriculum is designed to engage, excite and enable children to foster a love of learning for years to come. Inspirational teaching in each subject challenges each pupil to learn powerful knowledge, engage with the subject and make progress towards excellent outcomes. Children are central to their own learning as reflective and self-motivated individuals, they become highly equipped in the process of self-reflection in order to evaluate their own learning and therefore become truly ‘lifelong learners’. Our curriculum has been planned and sequenced towards distinct end points with core themes which run through each subject and lead to an accumulation of deep knowledge and skills in these subjects. 

The highest expectations and standards across the school coupled with care, guidance and support enables all pupils not only to access the curriculum but to thrive within it. Our children are given many opportunities to learn life-long skills in class and in our extra-curricular activities.

The curriculum sits at the heart of the vision of Education South West and is designed from EYFS to the end of secondary where all schools in the trust are working towards the goal of advancing the life chances of every learner.

 

 

Our curriculum will prepare all children for the future by:
  • Securing high achievement in literacy and numeracy; ensuring that there is clear progression and continuity in the learning experience that will prepare all children for adult life.

  • The use of high-quality texts to develop language, vocabulary and knowledge, which can be applied across a range of contexts.

  • Equipping them with a sound understanding of the UNCRC and how to respect the rights of themselves and others to become a good global citizen

  • All children will follow learning programmes in English, Maths and Science, and the foundation subjects delivered through the Primary Curriculum. All children will also have access to technology, sports and computing.

  • The PSHE Programme (Citizenship) reflects ‘The Blackawton Way’ and delivers knowledge and understanding of physical and mental health.

  • All children will bring their voice in planning the topics at the start of each term. The teachers are responsible for ensuring curriculum coverage and knowledge progression based on the children’s ideas and opinions.

  • Our curriculum will be rich and exciting. Enrichment activities are a powerful tool to enhance learning and make it relevant, purposeful and engaging. All children at Blackawton are offered a range of activities to nurture their talents of each individual so that they can fulfil their intellectual, creative, physical and emotional capabilities and open to doors to a world of possibilities.

 

Rich Texts and Vocabulary

We are committed to teaching through high quality texts; in doing so we aim to imbue each child with a rich and broad vocabulary to apply across their learning. Key mentor text lists will be added to as and when they are used (or indeed written).

 

Consistency and high expectations

We believe that children learn best when there is consistency and continuity in our approach. We hold common expectations of our practice and through mutual challenge and support we ensure that it is of a consistently high quality.

We expect each teacher to take a full and determined responsibility for the progress of all of the children in their class. We expect all staff to have consistently high expectations of themselves and all children in all areas of their learning and school-life.

Attitudes for learning

We are developing the aptitudes of resilience, confidence and independence. We ensure that the tasks we choose give regular opportunities for pupils to develop these aptitudes. We explain their importance to learning. We notice and comment positively when pupils demonstrate these aptitudes and we model them in our own actions. We work with individual pupils to build these aptitudes where they are lacking.

Positive attitudes to learning will secure:
  • All children’s right to a high-quality education is respected through their behaviours for learning.

  • Resilience and a love of challenge

  • Children responding to and acting on feedback

  • An eagerness to know how to improve

  • Pride in work

  • A positive climate where stereotypes and derogatory language, bullying and prejudice are challenged by all

  • Confident self- assured learners

  • Preparedness for next stage of education

  • High attendance

  • Caring and active global citizens

 

 

Our curriculum will secure the engagement of every child by:
  • ​Boosting self-esteem and securing a can-do ethos

  • Facilitating and encouraging independent learning and thinking

  • Using high quality mentor texts to support teaching

  • Building on prior knowledge and understanding

  • Having opportunities to transfer skills, knowledge and understanding to other contexts

  • Securing the children’s voices are heard in the planning process

  • Providing exciting, unpredictable and challenging learning experiences that extend their learning

  • Securing an environment that is safe, secure, stable and stimulating

  • Evaluating the ways in which learning takes place and given opportunities to reflect on this

  • Providing clear success criteria that is explicit and models are provided

  • Making learning active and collaborative

  • Developing questioning, reflection, and discussion

  • Developing skills of self-assessment, so that children know what they need to do to improve and set appropriate te targets