"The curriculum is outstanding and includes a rich emphasis on the arts and sport."
Ofsted, November 2011
“I have always loved the fact that at Balshaw Lane there has been a focus on a broad and rich curriculum. From learning about other cultures, languages, religions and art to the way the children are engaged in all, is a credit to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.”
“My children always come home very enthusiastic about what is being taught and are always wanting to explore further at home, that is how interested they are and encouraged to take part.” Parents' Questionnaire comments
Balshaw Lane's Curriculum
Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum in England. The curriculum for the Reception children is derived from the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Our curriculum across school is taught through our bespoke Balshaw Lane Connected Curriculum. An overview of the curriculum connectors can be viewed by following the link below.
There are photos showing our work in computing, music and sport on the Gallery page in the Children's section.
Balshaw Lane's Connected Curriculum
At Balshaw Lane, we strive to provide an engaging and motivating curriculum, alongside our aim for high academic standards. We design our curriculum around 'connectors' which link together the learning in different subjects. We find that this makes the learning more meaningful for the children and helps them to make connections to their own experiences and to 'real life'.
The links below explain about our Reading and Phonics work, as well as our Connected Curriculum. There are also copies of the termly Curriculum Letters which go out to each class.
Further curriculum information can be found by following the links below to the DfE's National Curriculum and Early Years curriculum.
At Balshaw Lane, we ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all children. We make reasonable adjustments on an individual basis for children with SEND. This may also include adjustments for parents who have SEND so that they can fully support their child.
Our Equality Policy and Accessibility Plan detail how we consider protected characteristics in our curriculum and facilities. Both can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.