Our Curriculum - REACH

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Our REACH principle, which is embeded into our learning: 

R – Retrieval of previous learning Recently, a growing body of research has shown that the practice of remembering previously studied information (i.e., retrieval practice) is more advantageous for long-term retention. 
E – Explain and explore new concepts and knowledge 'Knowledge is power'. Knowledge does much more than just help hone their thinking skills: it actually makes learning easier. Knowledge is not only cumulative, it grows exponentially. Those with a rich base of factual knowledge find it easier to learn more — the rich get richer. The more you know, the easier it is to learn. 
A – Access new vocabulary

Vocabulary is critical to a child’s success. Vocabulary growth is directly related to school achievement. Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world and expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

C – Complete task

Children apply their previous and new knowledge, skills and understanding to a different situation. Children are encouraged to utilise their broader knowledge, work collaboratively, use their problem solving skills and be creative. 


H – How much have you learnt?

'What have you learnt?' 'How much have you learnt?' 'What do you know now that you didn't before?'... allows pupils to reflect on what they have just done and how what they have done fits into a broader context.








Our REACH principles, explained by some of our Year 5 students:

Please see the documents below, which show how we support our children in accessing the curriculum at Bleak Hill using our 'REACH' principles and other pedagogical approaches including:

  • questioning
  • retrieval practice
  • scaffolding
  • stretch & challenge
  • feedback
  • modelling
  • support pupils with SEND. 

Bleak Hill Primary School '5 Bees'

Please see the video below of a Year 2 class explaining who and what can help them in their lessons.

What happens as a result of our formative (live marking/every lesson) and summative (end of term/unit of work) assessment?

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