Children in Years 1 to 6 children study the National Curriculum which is separated into Core Subjects and Foundation Subjects.
Information on the National Curriculum framework can be found at the Gov.uk website:-
Individual curriculum content is located in the Year Group section.
THE CORE SUBJECTS
At Baines we believe that learning is a lifelong process; adults as well as children learn new things every day. Teachers learn through their teaching of children; children learn from the learning experiences provided and through their interactions with their environment and the people around them. In our school, adults and children are both teachers and learners.
At Baines we promote quality first teaching and we support a learning system that encourages teachers to cater for a variety of learning styles, in order to allow all pupils to access learning and be successful learners. We encourage children to be independent thinkers, to develop their spirituality and to become emotionally aware, so that they can become active learners, who can participate fully in the learning process.
At Baines we aim to provide a high-quality education. We have introduced and implemented the new curriculum, supported by the Lancashire Scheme of work. The Lancashire material has provided a scaffold for Subject Leaders to work with, to support the statutory National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
Reading is at the heart of our English curriculum and reaches across all curriculum subjects. At Baines, we aim to excite and encourage children to read for pleasure. Children at Baines begin their reading journey with the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme and progress to reading independently in Key Stage 2. The books that the children read to develop their reading skills are book-banded according to levels and pupils progress through the book-bands appropriately. In the classroom, teachers use quality texts to support children in their reading journey. In English lessons and across the curriculum, teachers, through Quality First Teaching, aim to develop the reading skills of all pupils, regardless of their ability. Through Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading and listening to Individual Readers, teachers and support staff aim to ensure that our children receive high quality teaching in reading. Through a positive reward system, we actively encourage our pupils to read for pleasure and we support parents so that they can actively support their children with reading.
Writing is delivered across all curriculum subjects and at Baines, we have incorporated Talk for Writing strategies into our teaching, to engage and encourage our pupils to write fluently and with interesting detail for a variety of purposes. Our curriculum provides children with a sound knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description and the ability to write in a well-organised and structured way, including a variety of sentence structures. Through talk, we allow our children to rehearse and revise their writing, before putting pen to paper. Talk is valued at Baines and we encourage our pupils to develop an excellent vocabulary.
Through the implementation of Letters and Sounds, we have developed the systematic teaching of phonics. Beginning in EYFS, we provide our children in KS1 and in KS2 with excellent phonic knowledge and skills. We are developing children’s ability to read fluently and accurately across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum and children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge through their reading and writing.
The curriculum at Baines teaches the National Curriculum statutory requirements for Spelling in Year 1 through to Year 6. Teachers assess children effectively and pupils are supported and given opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge to underpin their learning in spelling.
In Maths we aim to enable all children to learn, and develop their skills, to the best of their ability. We promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning. Pupils are motivated by teaching that aims to create a sense of curiosity and wonder. We teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT and we aim to enable children to be creative and to develop independent thinking. The teaching of mathematics at Baines, strives to retain and develop children’s natural sense of curiosity about the world around them.
Through the teaching of mathematics we work to develop a set of attitudes which will promote mathematical ways of thinking, including open endedness, perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork. Children at Baines are taught to become effective communicators of mathematical ideas, facts and data. Teaching aims to begin to build up a body of mathematical knowledge and understanding that will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
We teach a broad range of skills in using and applying and our curriculum aims to develop fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system. We are encouraging our pupils to develop the ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual. We want children at our school to have the ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing they are confidence of success. Baines teachers will teach the ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts and will encourage the ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions. We want pupils to be able to be fluent in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques, have a wide range of mathematical vocabulary and a commitment to and passion for the subject.
Science at Baines’ is a rich and varied subject, underpinned by the essential skills of ‘working scientifically’. These skills equip children with the abilities to be able to think like a scientist, from devising questions for investigations to planning full experiments, considering variables, making predictions and fair testing. Subject knowledge is spread across Biology, Chemistry and Physics in both KS1 and KS2 and linked creatively with whole class topics and foundation subjects. Children have the opportunity to go on science trails, educational visits, engage in practical activities, plan scientific investigations that are centred around their interests and curiosities take part in our exciting ‘Science week’ each year. Science ambassadors, representing the science team, are also chosen from each class to celebrate children’s achievements in science lessons. The teaching of science at Baines’ is supported by the ‘Blackpool Celebrating Science Network’, a group of science specialists from schools across Blackpool, that meet regularly to ensure updates in Primary science are embedded into schools and that children in Blackpool get the best possible opportunities in science which is chaired by teachers from Baines! At Baines’, we encourage imaginative and innovative application of skills and strive to promote a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
The RE curriculum follows the requirements of the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education. The RE curriculum is divided into two strands – learning about religion and learning from religion. The children mainly learn about Christianity, however we also include other world faiths to help the children begin to understand the diverse world we live in. Learning from religion involves responding to religious and moral ideas and relating these to our own experiences. We aim to teach RE as a quest and the children are encouraged to explore and ask questions.
St Paul’s Church take a very active role in the life of the school and provide valuable input into our religious education. Clergy and members of other churches and religious organisations also support our work with the children and all children have the opportunity to visit different places of worship.
Art and Design
Art and Design at Baines aims to develop in pupils, the ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form. We aim to develop in children, the ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination. We want pupils to enjoy exploring and inventing marks, develop ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media. At Baines we aim to develop in our pupils an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers. We strive to encourage children to think and act like creative practitioners, by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings. Through Art and Design, we are promoting independence, initiative and originality, along with the ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise creations and capitalise on the unexpected. To develop good emotional awareness, we will support children to be able to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
Through our Computing curriculum, we aim to teach children to become competent in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects. We want our pupils to be able to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity. We aim to develop, in pupils, the ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum and to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.
Art and Design at Baines’ aims to develop in pupil’s ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form. We aim to develop in children, their ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination. We want pupils to enjoy exploring and inventing marks, develop ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media. At Baines’ we aim to develop in our pupils an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers. We strive to encourage children to think and act like creative practitioners, by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
Through Art and Design, we are promoting independence, initiative and originality, along with the ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise creations and capitalise on the unexpected. To develop good emotional awareness, we will support children to be able to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
In Geography we aim to teach children to develop an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like. We want to equip our pupils with an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated. Through the curriculum, we will teach children an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary and will support our pupils to develop fluency in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effectives analytical and presentational techniques. We aim to develop pupils’ ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned arguement to explain findings. We will strive to engage children in the subject and will foster in them a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live there.
The aims of the History curriculum include helping children to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods. We want to develop pupils’ ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences. Through our curriculum, we are developing our pupils’ ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources. We aim to teach our children to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating questions and lines of enquiry. We want children at Baines to develop a passion for history and to be enthusiastic learners, who have a curiosity about the past. We support children to have respect for historical evidence and use it to support their explanations and judgements. We encourage children to engage in challenging activities and to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
At Baines we learn French as our modern foreign language. We aim to develop our pupils’ confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation. We teach them to have a strong awareness of the culture of the country where the language they are learning is spoken. We are striving to develop in pupils, a passion for languages and the ability to use language spontaneously and creatively. Through our curriculum, we aim to develop independent learners, who are able to draw upon a wide range of resources to support their learning. We use Linguascope as a fun and engaging resource to inspire and enthuse the children with learning different languages. The children can access this website at home at www.linguascope.com. Please contact school for the details on how to use it.
In music we provide our children with a musical understanding underpinned by good knowledge and understanding of music and a developing technical expertise. We teach pupils to have a very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres. We aim to develop in our pupils, an excellent understanding of how the historical, social and cultural origins of music contribute to the diversity of musical styles. Through our curriculum, we teach children to use musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately and we strive to foster a passion for a range of musical activities.
At Baines, we aim to develop pupils’ ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well. We encourage the willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve high levels of performance. We encourage high levels of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly. We aim for our pupils to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and to understand the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being. We encourage our children to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, as well as motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others. We teach children how to improve their own and others’ performance and to work independently for extended periods of time, using imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography. We strive to foster a keen interest in P.E., a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport. Through swimming lessons, we develop the ability of our pupils to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and the knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.