We’ve taken your views about the current educational challenges and developed
Building Blocks, so that you have more time to spend on the important part of teaching and learning and less time away from the children.

When children are engaged in learning and loving it, as teachers we know that success and progress will follow. It’s easy to say, but the hard part is making sure that it happens in our classrooms each and everyday.

Building Blocks® is a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning that allows schools to plan, monitor, assess and report on their curriculum offering in line with the philosophy of Welsh Government’s proposals or the new Curriculum for Wales

Key Components of 21st Century Learning

Globally, there is a shift in what are deemed to be the important elements of learning.

•Deeper conceptual understanding

•Connected and coherent knowledge

•Authentic knowledge in context

•Creativity and problem solving

•Learning in collaboration and to collaborate

•Ethics and values

•Personal agency

A move away from what students should be learning, towards what they should become. (Priestley and Biesta 2014)

Building Blocks allows teachers to:

•Plan teaching and learning experiences that promote the Four Purposes

•Integrate Assessment for Learning strategies for pupils’ understanding

•Ensure breadth and depth to learning by monitoring, mapping and gapping

•Incorporate Rich Tasks into their curriculum offering, allowing pupils to apply skills in engaging and authentic experiences that reflect the twelve pedagogical principles

•Plan personalised learning for individuals and groups of children ensuring that pupil voice is recognised and acted upon

Formatively assess pupils learning through on-going evaluation and reflection at the point of learning

•Reduce their workload in line with Estyn’s recommendations on what teacher’s should do

Building Blocks allows teachers and senior leaders to:

Monitor curriculum coverage by class, year group and key stage

Evaluate the curriculum offer and quality of learning and teaching

Analyse children’s progress using traceable data for individual and groups of children linking planning to the Formative Loop

Analyse pupils progress using Point In Time Assessment (PITA).

Identify areas for further improvement

Produce reports from teacher’s planning

Reduce bureaucracy

•Allows schools to deliver their curriculum offering in line with their philosophy and pedagogy yet being accountable to LEA’s and government

 

The Features

Plan

With over 250 fully editable, exciting rich tasks & challenges – planning couldn’t be easier.

The rich tasks are cross-referenced with the most up-to-date curriculum, year group, by year group. Each ‘rich task’ or ‘challenge’ is accompanied by a clear teaching outline for minimal fuss and maximum results.

Do!

The Building Blocks portal is accessible anywhere there is an internet connection.

Building Blocks allows you to put your planning into practice, where ever you are. You can access and amend your lesson plans to reflect whats really happening in the classroom.

Review

Dynamic, real time curriculum information and reporting at your finger-tips.

Bring your entire curriculum planning, monitoring and reporting together, simply,easily and all in one place. Building Blocks generates indepth reports in various formats to streamline your workload.