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Connected Curriculum

Connectors overview

Maths

We use a nationally commissioned scheme to help us teach maths - Maths No Problem! More information for parents can be found by following this link

 

https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/

English

 

In English, we base our curriculum on the recommended genres by Lancashire and ensure progression by using the KLIPS (Key Learning Indicators of Performance) inline with the National Curriculum. 

Science
We follow the National Curriculum for science and weave in lots of opportunities for children to experiment and explore in practical ways. In Key stage 2, we use a 4 year rolling program to ensure that every child has the required coverage. 

The Computing Curriculum is an important feature of learning at Balshaw Lane. Pupils learn a variety of key skills and develop responsibility and curiosity in using a range of software programs as they progress through the school. They are taught about editing following reflective practice, animation and programming in addition to many other forward-thinking life skills for a digital world.  Pupils throughout school also learn about internet safety and responsible use of ICT, at an age-appropriate level.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Balshaw Lane Community Primary, the core of computing is Computing Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology and resilience-building problem solving.

Religious Education

Physical Education (based on the Lancashire Scheme of work)

History
In History, we follow the National Curriculum objectives and use the Lancashire KLIPs (Key Learning Indicators of Performance) to ensure progression throughout year groups. We enrich our History curriculum with educational visits, themed days and weeks, and by exploring history through other subjects e.g. Art and Music.

Geography

 

We follow the National Curriculum guidance for Geography and have carefully mapped the skills to ensure progression. Progression is also informed by the Lancashire KLIPs (Key Learning Indicators in Performance). We also use Geography to explore cultures from around the world.

Art

We love art at Balshaw Lane. As well as following the national curriculum, we find opportunities for children to practise their artistic skill throughout other subjects. We have led art projects with other Euxton schools, for example, our recent faith arts week and have had an enterprise week which led to children displaying and selling their artwork in a pop up art gallery.

Design Technology 

Music

We have a very rich music curriculum at Balshaw Lane. Our music lessons are delivered by a music specialist and are designed to cover a diverse range of eras and cultures. Our children are exposed to a range of famous musicians and genres as part of school assemblies, In addition to the curriculum, we provide after school singing clubs for the children and use The Lancashire Music Service to offer a range of instrument lessons. All of our year 3 children learn an instrument- for the past 2 years this has been the ukulele
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