Art & Design
Pupils in all years benefit from the ability to explore art in all its forms. They make excellent progress and this is demonstrated through their finished work, much of which is displayed throughout the school. In addition to this, the school recognises the greater value of the Arts and pupils benefit from an inclusive approach which allows all pupils to build their cultural understanding. As well as a love of art and an appreciation of its history, pupils develop a critical understanding of art and artists, are able to communicate what they like and do not like and understand the benefit of art for their mental health and wellbeing. As a department, we are exceedingly proud of the work they produce and the connections they make.
Blackminster Middle School is fully committed to ensuring that all of our students acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their learning and career progression. Blackminster Middle School has already established a range of effective careers guidance activities which we hope will guide support our students to achieve positive destinations such as A ‘levels, Higher Education, Apprenticeships, Technical routes or Employment.
As society becomes increasingly reliant on the online world, the curriculum at Blackminster Middle School is INTENDED to enable the students to be able to support and enhance their learning of this world. We aim to enthuse the students through a variety of topics whilst giving them the tools to be able to access the digital world whilst considering the safe and responsible use of constantly developing new technologies and media.
Students are taught a curriculum which is focused on three main strands of computing. These include digital literacy, information technology and computer science. These strands of the curriculum are covered over the 3 years and are IMPLEMENTED through years 6, 7 and 8.
Design & Technology
All pupils across all year groups at Blackminster Middle school have the unique opportunity of having full access to the design and technology curriculum, including cooking and nutrition in brand new, purpose build specialised class room where all equipment is brand new and up to date. This can also be said for textiles where all pupils cover this part of the curriculum in their art lesson.
Cooking and Nutrition
Across both key stages pupils will begin to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health. Furthermore, they will understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients. Through practical lessons they will become competent in a range of cooking techniques (for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste; texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes).
We aim to create the very best Linguists and prepare our pupils for the transition to language learning at High school. Our curriculum aims to equip all our pupils with the knowledge and skills to thrive and succeed in language learning; encouraging and inspiring them with quality first teaching. Our curriculum in MFL aims to promote student curiosity, confidence and collaborative thinking.
Through teacher modelling, we encourage our students to be well-mannered, thoughtful and mindful of others. Our knowledge engaged curriculum underpins and enables the application of skills. There is planned progression through our curriculum with content and skills defined in our schemes of work which revisit and build on existing knowledge.
Students will develop the Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s significant features and places, at different scales, are interconnected and change over time. The curriculum is underpinned by Key Concepts including human and physical processes, interdependence and scale. The work builds upon previous learning and aims to inspire a curiosity and consolidate and extend their skills and knowledge of physical & human geography but also enable our students to be confident and inquire about the world around them.
Music is the pulse at the heart of a school and music at Blackminster Middle School is interactive, explorative and enjoyable. Pupils learn through actively being involved in performance, composition and listening. They can enjoy the role of a performer in our many school concerts, pyramid days and workshops and also get exciting and wonderful opportunities to watch and listen to live music as part of school activities with professionals.
In addition to the normal curriculum in music, Blackminster music department also offers Arts Award Bronze and Silver which allow students to develop their passion for the Art whilst also gaining a level 1 (GCSE A* – C) qualification.
Religious Education has a substantial role for the growth of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It encourages respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and promotes pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
Our main intention of religious education is to engage pupils in an approach where they can develop an awareness and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community. The key aims we work towards are learning about religion and belief and learning from religion and belief.