Together, We Achieve

Curriculum Aim

At Ark Blacklands Primary Academy our curriculum is designed to be ambitious for all. It empowers children to become confident and creative, appreciating that an excellent education both enriches their lives, and provides them with future life choices.

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to succeed at university or in a career of their choice.

Curriculum Approach

We pride ourselves on:

Quality teaching every day: Learning and equality of opportunity for all is fundamental at Ark Blacklands. We promote a collaborative learning model, where children teach and learn from each other, promoting a deeper understanding of the curriculum. By prioritising the development of teachers’ expertise and the engagement of children in enquiring learning opportunities, all our pupils make significant progress. Teachers know their children extremely well and when any pupil falls behind, extra help and support is given.

Reading at the heart of the curriculum: Ark Blacklands is a school that is passionate about reading. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum because we know that the child who excels in reading, will excel across the whole curriculum - for reading is the cornerstone of education. We strive to nurture life-long readers who take pleasure in reading famous high-quality literature, yet also delving into exciting new fiction and non-fiction books which inspire them to explore and discover further.

Strong Curriculum Design: We provide a culturally rich and vibrant programme of learning. Cross-curricular links are harnessed to establish cohesion within units of work and each subject contains carefully chosen skills, knowledge and vocabulary - outlined in our curriculum overviews and progression maps - to expand children’s experience and thinking potential. These elements are delivered through well taught and appropriately sequenced lessons which are scaffolded and deepened to meet the needs of all learners and ensure success.

Enrichment and Outdoor Learning: We believe in the philosophy of Confucius:

"I hear, and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand"

As such, our curriculum is carefully supplemented and broadened by frequent local trips, workshops and visits. These culturally rich experiences enhance our children’s learning and develop their oral and writing ability in all areas of the curriculum. We also endeavour to take the learning outside as often as we can, taking advantage of our extensive grounds to positively develop our pupils social, emotional and academic skills.

Our Cultural Values: Threaded throughout our school and revisited continuously are our ‘Habits of Success’. Through their promotion, teachers develop pupils’ self-esteem and resilience in the pursuit of knowledge ensuring our children delight in challenge, strengthen their imagination and become risk takers who do not fear failure.

Curriculum Impact

Our curriculum ensures that pupils leave Ark Blacklands Primary Academy with the skills they need for success at secondary school and beyond.

Please see here for further detail of the impact of our curriculum.

Curriculum Intent

For an overview of our curriculum by year group please see here:

PDF iconArk Blacklands Curriculum Year Group Overviews

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact us via email on email, or by calling the school on 01424 429 279.