Curriculum at Bliss – 2021 / 2022
The Curriculum at The Bliss Charity School
- Intent – How is the curriculum at Bliss designed and why has it been structured in this way?
The curriculum at The Bliss Charity School is topic-based. Delivering the aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum in a cross-curricular way gives pupils a broad and balanced education, as well as a range of enriching and memorable learning experiences.
Linking objectives and subjects together in this way is not only highly engaging for the children, it also provides them with a ‘connected’ body of knowledge, skills and language which enables them to ‘know more’ and be able to ‘do more’.
Underpinning the curriculum at Bliss is the school’s unique ‘Metacognition Programme’ which has been specifically designed to enable pupils to maximise their learning potential and develop the cultural capital needed to self-regulate and succeed as both learners and members of modern Britain.
- Implementation – How is the curriculum taught?
Our curriculum is topic-based, with subject-specific content and objectives threaded together into termly topics in each year group. In most instances, the over-arching theme for each topic is derived from an aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework or the National Curriculum, which has then been developed to teach knowledge and skills from other subjects. While there is some discrete subject-based teaching, most learning at The Bliss Charity School is topic-based.
- Impact – What outcomes does the curriculum at Bliss lead to?
An interesting, fun and relevant topic-based curriculum equips children with both the enthusiasm and information needed to make good progress and attain highly. By linking objectives and subjects together through enjoyable over-arching themes, pupils are not only motivated to learn, they also acquire a depth of knowledge and language that can then be applied to the development of key skills.
As a result, outcomes for pupils are very good and ahead of national averages in all statutory assessments:
- Typically, pupils enter the school with broadly average knowledge, understanding and skills. Rapid progress is then made through the reception year and cohorts go on to exceed the national attainment for a Good Level of Development on exit from the EYFS.
- Pupils then make good progress through KS1: the vast majority of pupils meet the national phonics screening benchmark at the end of Year 1 and these good early reading skills help most children to work at the expected standard or higher, resulting in cohort attainment ahead of the national average at the end of Year 2.
- Good progress is achieved in Years 3-6 so that high levels of attainment from KS1 are maintained through KS2. In the last three years (2017-2019), progress through KS2 has been in-line with the national averages for children with similarly high starting points, leading to attainment in reading, writing and mathematics – at both the expected standard and the higher standard – that is in the highest 20% of all schools.
 All statutory assessments were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Class 6 complete five topics over six terms, with the final topic spread over Terms 5-6 due to other commitments, including: SATs week; secondary school transfer days and the summer play.
Please watch our curriculum videos to see what the children learn at The Bliss Charity School …
Further information about our curriculum
Termly class newsletters provide more detailed information about the content of the topics. Once published, these are emailed home to parents/carers and they are available on the ‘Class’ pages in the ‘Pupils’ section of our school website (www.bliss.northants.sch.uk).
Whole-school newsletters provide further information about the children’s learning in general. These are published throughout the year; they are emailed home to parents/carers and they are available on the ‘Newsletters’ page in the ‘Parents’ section of our school website.
Our twitter feed (@BlissCharitySch) is used to give an immediate insight into the children’s day-to-day learning, celebrating successes and achievements throughout the school.
The subject-specific, age-related objectives that underpin the class topics are available on the year group curriculum overviews (below). These objectives are used by school staff to plan their topics and to make assessments.
Information about published schemes of work used to support the curriculum at Bliss is available on the year group curriculum overviews (below).