The Blossom Curriculum

The Blossom Curriculum

Our curriculum intent: sowing the seeds of lifelong learning.

Our Vision is:

We Belong to Team Bishops’ where through our Christian distinctiveness and nurturing ethos we celebrate our differences.

We Believe that we will achieve through inspirational, exciting and challenging learning, that utilises our natural environment.

We Aspire to create endless possibilities for our pupils and to make a positive contribution to society.

We Achieve by enabling every child to flourish academically, spiritually and emotionally.

Everything we do at The Bishops’ is underpinned by The Parable of the Mustard Seed. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20. This was our guiding principle as we created our bespoke curriculum in September 2019, naming it The Blossom Curriculum. Put simply, we wish every child to flourish at The Bishops’ and ‘blossom’ throughout their time with us.

The curriculum at The Bishops’ has been designed to foster a love of life-long learning through social action and courageous advocacy by connecting to the past, understanding the present and daring what the future could be. We use our Christian distinctiveness and local context as the only Church of England school in Newquay to inspire and enthuse our children with faith to belong, believe, aspire and achieve.

Our classes follow a termly thematic approach which links distinct subjects together under a common theme or topic. For example, to understand the history of the local area children learn about the decline of Cornish mining and compare it to human geography of the modern day tourist industry in Newquay. Each topic begins with a Christian Values day and ends with a celebration of learning, shared with parents, to make it as memorable as possible to the children. 'Blossoming days' occur throughout the school year linked to important celebrations of world wide religons and all opportunities for visits, trips and visiting speakers are taken. Classes use 'knowledge organisers' which act as summaries of key facts and essential knowledge for each subject within a topic; acting as a tool to help everyone enact the curriculum.  

Should you require any further information regarding our curriculum please contact the office.

A great example of our pupils taking social action is our new bike track. In September 2019 the school council decided our school field would be the ideal location for a multi use cycling facility. 18 months later, with the help of British Cycling and Sustrans, we achieved it ! Here's a video that Great Western class made to promote the track all over Cornwall.
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To support our focus on long-term memory and to ensure we never forget the wonderful learning we do in each topic, we have begun to create class topic flip books.

Children will be able to flip through the online books and printed copies in their classroom to revisit their prior learning and celebrate their enjoyable, memorable learning.

Watergate Class are trialing making the first online flip books for our school. We are busy putting all of this fabulous work online.

See our first flip books below:

Curriculum Drivers
For each topic, our Curriculum Drivers share the overarching topic and RE question, linked people of study, linked texts, linked music, planned trips or visitors, topic outcomes, links to prior learning and links to future learning. For each subject area within a topic the intent is shared, coverage of skills and knowledge progression components, memory facts/sticky knowledge, key vocabulary and the subject impact.

Knowledge Organisers

What is a Knowledge Organiser?

A knowledge organiser is a document, usually one side of A4, occasionally two, that contains key facts and information that children need to have a basic knowledge and understanding of a topic. Knowledge organisers will capture the key information and vocabulary for a topic. 

What are the benefits of Knowledge Organisers?

Our knowledge organisers are presented in a clear and simple format making them accessible for both children and adults. They set out what children can expect to learn in a topic and what they should know by the end. They list key facts and information or ‘sticky knowledge’ (the bits we want to stick in their memory) that children will learn throughout the topic. They also list key facts and information, that children should already know from previous learning. The presentation and amount of content of our knowledge organisers develop throughout the years as children get older and progress through the school.

Research shows that our brains remember things more efficiently when we know the ‘bigger picture’ and can see the way that little pieces of knowledge within that subject area link together. Making links, essentially, helps information move into our long-term memory.

How should my child use it?

Your child will receive a knowledge organiser to bring home at the start of every topic. Please read this with your child and re-cap any prior knowledge your child should already know. This is a great opportunity for your child to show off what they have remembered! Key vocabulary for the topic will also be listed and again this is a great opportunity to discuss what these words mean with your child.

We are introducing  ‘Sticky Knowledge’ books to keep all our Knowledge Organisers in. Over time this will also show their learning of the topic and the key information shared on the Knowledge Organiser. This could be drawings, writing, photographs of models they have made, definitions they have researched about key vocabulary – anything that shows the learning on the knowledge organiser. We would love to see it!