At Blofield Primary School we teach a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting, fun and imaginative. Walk through any of our classrooms and you can expect to find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning.
We follow the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum (you can find the full document at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum) and Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education through our Blofield Curriculum.
We make meaningful links for the children between subjects and reinforce key literacy and maths skills across the curriculum. This includes extended writing opportunities and planned opportunities for Maths experiences, to supplement the daily discrete Maths lessons. Children experience high quality specialist teaching in Music, PE and Modern Foreign languages to enhance and broaden their learning. We seek to promote British Values of tolerance, understanding of different faiths, democracy and the rule of law through our taught curriculum and promotion of the Blofield Values of Fairness, Respect, Perseverance, Challenge and Thoughtfulness.
The Blofield Curriculum is organised around 6 overarching topics per year which Key Stage 1 & 2 follow.
For 2017-18 these are:
Once Upon a Time
Around the World
Go Go Hares
Lights, Camera, Action
(See class pages for Medium Term Plans)
Link to curriculum overviews
Children in the Early Years (Reception) follow the requirements of ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’. You can find the full document at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2
In Reception the children follow a curriculum which emphasises active learning through play and exploration. We recognise the importance of creativity and critical thinking in helping children to make sense of their environment and discover new and better ways of doing things. The children lead their own learning through child initiated play, using the resources provided. During this time the practitioners use their expertise to develop children’s ideas and encourage them to work together. Observations are made during this time to plan for the children’s next steps for learning. There is also time allocated each day for adult led learning tasks. This includes both whole class and small group activities. The teaching staff set up and lead activities designed to fulfil planned learning objectives and develop particular skills. Our outside learning environment allows for the flow of learning all year round.
At Blofield Primary School, we believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school. The school library hosts a variety of books and we raise the profile of reading through a print rich environment, attractive book displays and promoting the written word at all times.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One the children are taught to read using the “Letters and Sounds” programme, supported by Jolly Phonics. This programme teaches children to decode text phonetically by introducing them to different phonemes (sounds) step by step.
“Letters and Sounds” takes children through six Phases, with children typically moving through Phases 1-4 during Reception, and then onto Phase 5 and 6 throughout Year 1 and 2. Phase 1 prepares children for hearing the sounds by practising their listening skills. Phase 2 introduces the initial sounds and double consonants. Children also begin to segment sounds and blend them together to read words. Phase 3 introduces sounds made up of two letters e.g. “oo”. Phase 4 consolidates these sounds and the children practise segmenting and blending longer words. Phase 5 introduces alternative ways to spell different sounds e.g. “ay” in “day” and “ai” in “rain”. Phase 6 introduces various spelling patterns which help children to spell more accurately using their phonic knowledge. Throughout these phases children are introduced to certain “tricky” words that cannot be sounded out. These are also called “High-Frequency Words” which the children will come into contact with regularly in their reading.
The children are taught in whole-class teaching sessions, and each session goes through a Revisit – Teach – Practise – Apply format so the children are able to consolidate their learning in a pacey, engaging style. Children are closely monitored to assess their learning and they are also assessed termly to check their progress, with teaching adjusted accordingly.
We also have a large selection of ‘book banded’ texts available in our Key Stage 1 area. Children are matched to a colour band in accordance with their reading ability and are free to select a text to take home on a daily basis. This is assessed regularly to ensure children are reading within the correct colour band.
Throughout all key stages children have regular access to group guided reading sessions, where texts are explored with a particular focus i.e. use of vocabulary, structure of different text types.
Parents are an integral part in the children’s ‘reading journey’. We encourage children to read at home on a daily basis and communication between school and home is recorded in a ‘Reading Record’. We invite parents/ members of the community to come and read with children both individually and as a group.
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