Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

0121 445 1622

Core Skills at Blackwell

The basic skills of oracy (speaking and communication), reading, writing, maths and social skills are key to any child’s success in all areas of learning.

The table below illustrates some of the activities available to the children to help their skill development.





Social skills

A’talk rich’ curriculum

Curriculum opportunities such as Guided reading, reading practice, storytime sessions and modelling of teachers reading

Daily writing as part of a language rich curriculum

Daily maths skills, particularly number skills and mental maths skills, taught

Behaviour policy to support social skills

Learning Partners

Reading with Burcot Grange residential home residents

Writing across the curriculum

Opportunities for creative maths homework both on line and in homework books

Learning partners used across the school

Opportunities for presentation, for example reading stories to visitors at an exhibition, school productions, class assemblies

Homework activities linked to reading, including computer based learning

Opportunities for presenting and celebrating writing through displays and celebrations

Use of resources, models and images to ensure children understand number

Philosophy for Children extends development of thinking, empathy

Philosophy for Children sessions

Synthetic phonics teaching

‘Writedance’ used for all children to develop a cursive joined handwriting style

Talk for maths used to develop children’s ability to think and reason

Universal values collective worship themes

Homework opportunities linked to oracy

Kindles used by children for reading

Creative homework activities to engage children in writing

Maths applied across the curriculum

Project learning to develop co-operation