The Blossom Federation

About our Curriculum

Curriculum

At The Blossom Federation of Daubeney, Sebright and Lauriston Schools, we shape our curriculum to ensure all pupils have access to a rich, exciting, experiential curriculum, which celebrates the rich diversity of our schools. 

Drawing on the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, we provide broad, balanced and inclusive cross curricular topics that encompass British Values throughout. We ensure a sequential development of concepts, knowledge and skills in order to help our children to understand the world they live in and the impact that they can have on it.

Intent

The uniqueness of every child in our school is recognised and valued. Our curriculum embraces the community, recognising and celebrating our children’s diverse backgrounds and experiences. We recognise children's strengths, interests, diversity and learning needs, in order to promote a culture of acceptance, with PSHE, mental well-being and Growth Mindset at the heart of all lessons. We constantly reflect on our learning journey to ensure that it meets the current needs and interests of our children, offering an excellent education underpinned by a broad, culturally rich curriculum to ensure that all pupils are well equipped for the next stages in their education. Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values however, creativity is pivotal and used throughout. We aim to provide an environment that encourages lifelong learning. 

Children leave us with a sense of belonging to a school community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, ask questions, self-evaluate, make connections and become resilient, lifelong learners.

Implementation

We ensure that all children have access to a broad, creative, balanced curriculum with Numeracy and Literacy at the heart of all learning. Skills and knowledge are taught in all subject areas; we ensure there is a progression of skills, across each subject, which is built upon each year and mapped across the key stages. The building blocks of our curriculum have been developed to allow children to learn more, remember more in a vocabulary rich topic based curriculum. We ensure that children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding by making links with reading and writing across all topics, which embeds transferable skills throughout. Trips and visits are a keystone of our learning to enthuse, immerse and deepen knowledge in our topics. We have WOW Days - as an end point to each topic, where pupils celebrate, make links and evaluate their learning with the aim of remembering and understanding more. 

The foundation subjects are taught through a half termly focus. This includes Geography, History, Art, Design Technology and Science.

Curriculum Impact

We plan our lessons with clear learning objectives, which are based upon the teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child. Reflective teaching and ongoing summative assessment, leads to planning that is constantly adapted to the needs of the individual classes.

Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects and this individual progress is tracked termly. Pupils are assessed in reading, writing, maths and phonics at the end of each term. Subsequent year group progress meetings identify the needs of a year group to ensure that they are on track to make expected progress or that there are support plans.in place. From these an action plan is created for the future term. SLT and subject leads use this in their monitoring of teaching and learning.

Below is more information on how learning is developed in different subjects.

Literacy 

  • Phonics:
    • We use Letters and Sounds to provide concentrated and systematic teaching of daily phonics daily in the EYFS and Year 1. Targeted phonics support is given in Year 2 and further up the school, to those children when needed additional support.  
  • Reading: 
    • One reading comprehension session. One SLR session teaching children the weekly skill which is then applied during guided readings sessions.
    • In Year 1 Daily Supported Reading is taught four days a week to encourage accelerated reading development. Groups are assessed weekly to ensure that all pupils are developing their skills. 
    • In Reception Daily Supported Reading starts in the summer term.
  • Writing:
    • Writing is taught in unit blocks and is supported by a high quality text. The genre is decided by year groups around the topics that are being taught to enhance knowledge and understanding.
  • Handwriting:
    • Handwriting is developed through the school, by the end of EYFS pupils are expected to be holding a pencil correctly. In Year 1 they learn how to have a positive learning posture and form lower and upper case letters as well as digit correctly. In Year 2 they start to use the joins that lead to cursive writing.  
    • Across the Blossom Federation, we follow a handwriting scheme that is grouped into sets, straight, tunnel, curved and zig zag letters.

Maths

  • Arithmetic:
    • Arithmetic is taught daily in all year groups to allow the fast recall of key facts. Year groups have specific skills that they must teach. 
  • Reasoning:
    • Across the Blossom Federation, we follow White Rose Maths to ensure that all children have access to apply their skills and knowledge and achieve maths mastery. Children will be embedding their oracy skills whilst completing reasoning activities.

Science

  • Science follows the National Curriculum and the topics are linked to the Humanities subjects where applicable, to allow for skills and knowledge to be transferred and developed. 
  • It is a spiral curriculum to allow for the building and development of skills and knowledge, subjects include, animals including humans, plants, material etc.

Computing

  • In Computing we follow the Purple Mash Scheme of Work. Internet Safety is taught in all lessons and is a focus whenever pupils use computing.

The Wider Curriculum

Humanities

  • This follows The National Curriculum for Geography, History and RE.
  • All year groups in KS2 study a period of ancient modern history.
  • All pupils learn about physical human and geography and their place in the world.
  • In RE we follow the Hackney SACRE scheme of work. All year groups visit a place of worship once a year. 

Music

  • All pupils experience weekly music lessons in a spiral curriculum, delivered by a specialist music teacher, to develop their skills and learn the fundamental elements of music. These are pulse, rhythm, pitch, duration, timbre, texture and structure 
  • They have the opportunity to compose and perform their own pieces of music.
  • Individual lessons are offered in piano, woodwind and guitar. 

Art

  • Art is taught across the curriculum and skills are built upon termly
  • There is a focused topic block in the summer term with triannual focus on sculpture, textiles and painting
  • All children take part in a termly Big Draw art project. 

DT

  • Design and Technology uses Projects on a Page from DATA to ensure the development of skills.

PE

  • As well as taught PE sessions, with a specialist PE teacher, with half termly focuses there are also other sporting activities available, including cross federation sports events. 

PSHCE

  • The backbone of PSHCE at the Blossom Federation is JIGSAW. Jigsaw PSHE perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
  • There is a whole school focus each half term. 
  • Pupils also have SRE lessons that are taught in line with the national curriculum. 

Our Class Structure

Early Years

  • Nursery - Willow FT, Willow AM and Willow PM

  • Reception - Fir Class and Larch Class

Lower Phase

  • Year 1 - 1B Lime Class and 1D Beech Class

  • Year 2 - 2J Poplar Class and 2E Hawthorn Class

Upper Phase

  • Year 3 - 3W Birch Class and 3B Hazel Class

  • Year 4 - 4F Spruce Class and 4R Maple Class

  • Year 5 - 5H Plane Class and 5L Chestnut Class

  • Year 6 - 6B Scots Pine Class and 6L Oak Class