“We create the spark that lights the fire”.
As a Church of England school at the heart of the community and in partnership with parents, Blakesley is committed to enabling all pupils to achieve their full potential. It is a place where we learn how to love God, one another and ourselves and to serve the community. We will do this through developing a love of learning based on Christian values where everyone aspires to excellence.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength;
and love your neighbour as yourself.’
In our Trust the curriculum is broadly defined as the knowledge students are expected to learn through the totality of experiences provided in our children’s primary schooling. By knowledge we mean ‘facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education’[i].
The curriculum lies at the heart of education in Blakesley Church of England Primary School. It therefore determines what our learners will become, will know and will be able to do by the time they leave.
Bearing in mind the definition of knowledge above, we aim for our knowledge-rich curriculum to enable:
- Sustained mastery (and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable) of subject specific key knowledge that we want the children to acquire;
- Sustained mastery of generic knowledge that pupils will need for future learning e.g. resilience, perseverance and growth mind-set;
We also aim for our curriculum to enable our children to:
- develop as confident, responsible citizens;
- be able to make sense of the world by providing rich cultural capital.
Our curriculum reflects our local needs and context. The curriculum meets the particular aims and values of our school by:
- Developing our pupils’ understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity within society.
- Developing our pupils’ courageous aspiration; including qualities of resilience, risk-taking, ambition and perseverance.
- Developing our pupils’ sense of generous citizenship; shaping characters that appreciate how they are fortunate, can demonstrate genuine kindness and can use their ability to contribute positively to their wider community.
We prioritise teachers’ knowledge and see the following as essential:
- pedagogical knowledge: teachers’ knowledge of effective teaching methods;
- content knowledge: teachers’ subject knowledge;
- pedagogical content knowledge: teachers’ knowledge of how to teach the particular subject / topic e.g. knowing the misconceptions that arise prior to teaching specific key knowledge.
We measure this by the extent to which our aims, curriculum defined end points and strong outcomes are achieved as a result of our curriculum intent and implementation. The vast majority of our pupils will have sustained mastery of key knowledge identified and some children will have a greater depth of understanding.
Leadership of the curriculum is distributed. Subject leaders are given the autonomy to lead on their specific subject curriculum within the shared vision and accountability framework of the school.
Work for pupils whilst the school is in closure.
Please see below for weekly learning tasks for your children. These will be updated each Monday morning ready for the week ahead.
We have also added the Topic Overview plans for this term so that, should you wish to do any additional learning or enrichment activities linked to your child's topic, you are aware of the areas that we will be focusing on.
Children can choose the order in which they undertake the tasks but should ensure a balance across the subject areas, a suggested 'Timetable' format for the day has been used to outline tasks. The resources needed for each day's learning will be emailed to you by your child's teacher on a daily basis.
Home Learning for our Reception Class pupils will be issued through Tapestry.
Online learning can be undertaken on the TT Rockstars website and Spellzone, logins for which have been issued.
Children also have logins to the Purple Mash learning platform and teachers may set children specific tasks to underatke through this facility.
Obviously, no amount of reading with your child is ever enough - please encourage them to read, read, read! Talking to them about the content of their reading is equally important. Teachers will set reading questions and tasks using the VIPERS structure (explained in the class provision that will be issued) that you can adapt and use as a basis of discussion about reading with your child.
Please also see attached a list of useful and fun websites that your child can use to support thir learning or explore to follow their interests.
Please do use this month's assembly from the Lighthouse Trust who regularly visit our school to lead collective worship; just follow the link below and the children will be able to enjoy stories, reflections and songs with Leah.
Lighthouse Trust Assembly - April : https://lighthouse-trust.org.uk/monthly-blog/lighthouse-trust-assembly-april-2020/
We are also sharing weekly assembles from the Oak National Academy. This week's is centred on the theme of Wellbeing and Looking After Yourselfand features the cast of the Lion King stage production. Please do share this with your children.
Home Learning for Half Term Week
Please see below some home learning activities for half term week. These focus on learning, reciting and performing poetry.
A competition organised by the Lord Leuitenant of Northamptonshire, Paul Parsons, is also detailed. We look forward to receiving your entries!
Have a good week everyone and please do contact us if you need advice or support.