All members of our school community embrace and live out our core values taught through the BLC Way: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY & RESILIENCE. Children throughout the week are encouraged to have excellent manners, speak confidently, and show kindness to others. Responsibility is encouraged and modelled throughout the primary school. This is led by our head boy and girl from Year 6, deputies from Year 5 and a team of prefects from Year 4. Each class has an ambassador who will welcome visitors into their class and discuss their learning. The school council is represented by pupils from each year group. These roles are a vital part of our primary community, of which the student voice is highly valued.
When children progress into Key stage One and beyond the mornings focus on the vital subjects of English and Mathematics. We place great importance that ‘every child is a reader’; there are many different approaches to teaching and supporting reading across all year groups. We use all the benefits of technology to engage every child. Children can also access their reading books using online technology which allows them to build their own virtual reading library home.
Mathematics follows ‘White Rose Maths’ enabling children to acquire a solid foundation using principles of arithmetic, and have the skills to apply this knowledge in order to solve mathematical problems. A range of resources are used to ensure all children become fluent with times tables and problem solving. This includes TT Rock Stars, and Hegarty Maths.
Topics change each term which allow children to understand and learn about the world, both present and past. Subjects are not taught in isolation as it is important that children are able to make links across subjects using a range of different skills. Each term allows for ‘off timetable’ days so that the topic can be introduced using ‘WOW’ events such as trips, school visitors, and creative activities. As we are part of an all through school children are also able to have the unique opportunity to be taught by specialist and skilled teachers. In Years 4, 5 and 6 they have the opportunity to experience specialist subject teaching in music, art, modern foreign languages and PE.
All children as they progress through the primary phase attend sessions within our fantastically equipped and purpose built gym centre, children from Year 4 onwards have regular swimming lessons. From Year 3 children are taught PE by specialists having access to the purpose built PE block, astro and tennis and netball courts. Bristol City Football and Rugby coaches visit weekly to coach and train pupils. 11 The learning journey does not of course end at school with all children expected to complete homework, and daily reading, to build upon their school based learning. IT programmes to support home learning include Phonics Bug, TT Rock Stars, and Hegarty Maths. Each term all children complete a home learning project which is linked to their class learning, but can be completed in any form that interests them ranging from art and design, cookery, written projects, or models.
Children are assessed regularly across all areas in order to gauge progress and tailor support. Formal assessment takes place at the end of each Term 2, 4 and 6 to measure each child’s progress and set future targets.
Parents’ involvement is crucial to the overall success of each child. Throughout the year there are a number of opportunities for parents to attend stay and plays, reward assemblies, and ‘WOW’ events, which both the children and staff look forward to. We are proud to be able to offer a very wide range of thirty after school clubs, as well as a breakfast club for early risers!
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