OUR CURRICULUM

Our curriculum has 4 key drivers:

* Building Learning Power
* Creativity & Innovation
* Enterprise, Sustainability & The Real World
* Being Part of a Global Community

Further information can be found by following the photo links on the curriculum page.

 
The curriculum is categorised and led by the following curriculum teams:

  • STEM Subjects
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages & Humanities
  • Physical, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
  • Further information can be found by clicking on each category.

  • National Curriculum Guidance
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    For any other information relating to our curriculum, please contact Ian Thomas, Deputy Headteacher.

    Physical, Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

    ~ incorporating PE, Health and Wellbeing, Collective Worship, Religious Education, PSHE & Philosophy for Children

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    The Physical and SMSC teaching staff team is:

    Misa Magee, Russell Waldron, Morag Flower, J Stevens, Patrick Seller, Kari Gibbons and Becky Drew.

    Physical Development, Health & Wellbeing

    Primary School Sports Funding

    For details of how we have used the sports funding received please see the following reports:

    Primary School Sports Funding Data Report 2013-14
    Primary School Sports Funding Data Report 2014-15
    Primary School Sports Funding Data Report 2015-16
    Primary School Sports Funding Data Report 2016-17
    Primary School Sports Funding Data Report 2017-18
    Primary School Sports Funding Data Report - Interim Evaluation April 2018

    Swimming Provision at Bluecoat

    There are many benefits of learning to swim. Swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. Swimming is inclusive; children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport. Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities. 

    Most importantly, swimming can save your child’s life. Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.

     

    The National Curriculum states that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 and in particular, pupils should be taught to:

    • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
    • use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
    • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

    In addition, Bluecoat follow the Devon Swim 100 curriculum which provides a broad range of water based skills and knowledge, supporting children reach a new minimum standard and expectation of swimming 100 metres by the end of Key Stage 2. The programme was developed by the Devon PEDPASS team in response to headteachers’ request for a more robust swimming provision. It aims to improve the outcomes of school swimming by setting a new minimum standard and expectation of all children swimming 100 metres by the end of Key Stage 2.

    Download the Swim 100 programme below:

    Weekly swimming lessons are currently provided for all children in years 3 and 4 (on a half termly rota) at 1610 Torrington Swimming Pool. Lessons are led by Sue Tyrrell, a Qualified Level 2 Swimming Instructor with 13 years experience.

    Schools are required to publish how many Year 6 pupils have met the national curriculum requirements relating to swimming and water safety.

    Our results for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

    * 66% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
    * 66% could use a range of strokes effectively
    * 88% could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Physical Development & Wellbeing-related News

     

    Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

    As a Church of England school with Voluntary Controlled status, Religious Education follows the Devon Agreed Syllabus and is non-denominational.

    We have daily acts of worship, which are Christian-based and led by staff, governors, clergy and other visitors from local churches. On special occasions we worship at St Michael’s And All Angels, our local parish church.

    Although parents have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship and Religious Education, it is hoped that our positive approach to these aspects of our school life will put you at ease about your child’s involvement. If necessary, please discuss this with either your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher. If you do decide to withdraw your child from these activities please confirm your decision in writing. We would be happy to discuss any aspects of Religious Education or any other subjects with you.

    SMSC-related News

     

    PSHE & Philosophy for Children

    Positive Touch

    At Bluecoat school we believe that every child should be taught to recognise what is positive and appropriate touch. The positive touch programme is part of the Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) which is used across the world and is an evidence-based, child to child, internationally respected peer massage programme. It has been used in the UK since the 1990s and has Scandinavian origins. There are generally very mixed feelings about touch and a study was carried out in the 1960s to observe couples from a range of backgrounds and countries in a cafe setting to see how often they touched each other during conversation; incidental gestures such as a pat on the back or touch of the hand. The results were remarkable. Couples from Puerto Rico touched each other 180 times over the hour of conversation whilst those in London averaged zero times over the hour.

    Here at Bluecoat, we facilitate weekly sessions for children up to year 3. Positive Touch is only carried out within set times, within a trained situation and over clothes. Parental consent is required prior to any child participating in the programme and they are invited to an information session soon after their child starts at the school.  The programme is a set of 15 moves that are used as an anti-bullying strategy. The children are taught each move by a trained Positive Touch practitioner. The children are partnered up and the massage only takes place child to child and never with an adult whilst calming music is played. Children may opt out at any time. 

    Research shows that there are lasting, positive outcomes for children who are involved in the MISP regularly, impacting on their well-being and preparation for learning.

    Benefits

    > Strengthens the immune system
    > Lowers stress levels
    > Increases production of oxytocin – relaxing hormones 
    > Children learn and experience saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to touch and what is appropriate touch
    > Empowers children to be in control of own body – children’s rights
    > Improves social interaction – develops friendships
    > Children are individually acknowledged
    > Improved concentration
    > Develops and encourages imagination
    > Discover differences between people
    > Develops respect
    > Improves self-esteem
    > Practical tool against bullying – sense of whole school unity
    > Less conflicts in the playground
    > Improves turn taking and negotiation
    > Develops vocabulary, C and L

    Please download the leaflet to find out more details:  Positive Touch Booklet

    PSHE-related News