The Curriculum at Blenheim
At Blenheim Primary School, our pupils benefit from and enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development. Our Curriculum is our driver in learning and something we as a whole-school community are very passionate about. In addition to our school curriculum, we place a big emphasis on creating learning opportunities which children will remember forever. As part of the Education for the 21st Century Trust, we are very fortunate to have access to school minibuses, meaning that we are able to enjoy educational activities off-site regularly to further enhance pupils’ learning experiences.
Each class studies major topics over the course of the year. Before each new topic, the children are asked what they already know and what they would like to find out. As part of our drive to increase opportunities for “pupil voice” and to encourage the children to lead their own learning, the children are encouraged to pose questions. The teacher will then group the children’s questions according to content and/or subject and head each group with a ‘key question’. Some key questions will have a particular subject focus e.g. science, history, geography therefore promoting a greater depth of study. Our newly launched 2019 curriculum pathway promotes a cross-curricular approach, allowing children to form links between subjects and embed new skills.
For details about our intentions for the newly designed curriculum and how we’re going to be implementing it, please click on the link below.
Wherever possible, our reading, grammar, writing and maths skills are also integrated and developed throughout the wider curriculum. In English, key texts are often carefully chosen to drive the topic and immerse the children. Other themed texts are also used during Guided Reading and topic sessions to develop and deepen subject knowledge.
Everything the children learn is driven by the end outcome – a purpose. This purpose may be a presentation to parents, an exhibition, a performance or a planned event whereby parents and members of the community are invited.
How do you teach children to read?
Our school follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Framework for phonics supplemented by the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme. We give all children access to a wide range of high quality texts and use the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme in addition to these.
What subjects do you teach?
At Blenheim, we teach all subjects of the National Curriculum which include reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, geography, art and design, music, RE, modern foreign languages, PSHE and citizenship, PE and Games to name but a few!
In 2014, the Department for Education launched a new Primary National Curriculum which set new aspirational age-related expectations for all pupils in each year group. Please click here to access our National Curriculum – Parent Guide which explains the curriculum and age-related expectations in greater detail.
To discover more about our curriculum subjects, please visit our subject vision pages.
EYFS – Reception
In EYFS, children will experience the seven areas of learning that are outlined in the DfE Guidance – Development Matters. This is organised under the following areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Physical Development
- Expressive Art and Design
These areas underpin the organisation of the learning environment; the activities provided for children and the monitoring of children’s progress and development.
KS1 and KS2 – Years 1 – 6
Information about each year groups curriculum overviews can be found below.