Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

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The Curriculum

Blackwell First SchoolCurriculum


Our curriculum offers stimulating and creative learning with a focus on the basic skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing and maths. In order to equip the children for their whole lives, Blackwell develops well rounded children for the future through the development of personal and social skills, healthy lifestyles and skills for life, including Computing and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education)  

We work as a school community on whole school topics, over a five year rolling programme, which focus strongly on the learning process.  Each topic lasts for a few weeks and children work towards an outcome whilst developing learning and social skills during their project work.  Topics are designed to develop a sense of community and citizenship and an appreciation of the world in which we live.  Our Forest School work based on a Scandinavian outdoor learning philosophy supports this ethos as does our Philosophy for Children programme and SMSC work. We regularly invite visitors to enhance curriculum work and also participate in relevant educational visits.  

Foundation Stage curriculum

This is the curriculum for children prior to and including the reception year in school.  The focus is on ensuring children develop in a safe environment that supports their well being, social skills and increased personal independence.  Skills and knowledge are developed through relevant and enjoyable planned learning experiences. 

A strong emphasis is placed on practical 'hands on' activities and the use of the outdoor areas in school.  The Foundation Stage has several areas of learning, centred around Personal and Social Education, Physical Development and Communication and Language. We use 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics' for teaching early phonic reading skills and the children read a variety of books, including real books, supplemented by the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.


The curriculum

Primary curriculum

This is the curriculum for children from 5 to 11 years of age. The focus is on ensuring children make progress in the key areas of learning (basic skills) whilst developing skills across the whole curriculum.  At Blackwell we foster a love of learning with an emphasis on developing skills for life (including collaboration, enquiry, communication, problem solving and independence) through our topic work.

The Primary Curriculum subjects taught are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Social Health Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French)

Please click below to view our curriculum policy and five year rolling programme, which outlines the subject focus for each topic and some of the skills developed through the projects. Particular projects are planned taking into consideration class needs. Learning needs for all learners are met through carefully tailored learning programmes.

Blackwell's outstanding curriculum has led to it gaining several Worcestershire Effective Practice Marks and a Leading Aspect Award.


  We are required by law to publish our curriculum year by year and subject by subject. It is important to note that these overviews are a list of subject knowledge taught and do not include the skills taught throughout the Blackwell Curriculum across subjects. The overviews are also a very broad outline and further detail is provided on half termly class newsletters. Click here to view the Curriculum overview.