Our Curriculum

07 May 2019






We are proud to be a Church of England school and our Christian ethos underpins the life and work of our school. We believe that each of us are unique individuals capable of spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development.


 

 

 It is important that our children are able to BELIEVE in themselves and the possibilities available to them, to LEARN by embracing challenge, questioning the world around them, reflecting and not being afraid to take risks so that they FLOURISH as unique individuals and the role models of the future.


 

 

 

 

A new curriculum was introduced in September 2014. Details of the statutory curriculum can be found at: http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
 

Learning and teaching are the key functions of our School.

At Fountains C of E Primary School, we work towards the aims of the School through providing high quality learning experiences within all we do; in the discreet and hidden curriculum, in the School environment and the interactions between all members of the School community. We believe that we teach the children through all that we do: through the implementation of the policies, systems and practice that determines the curriculum and school day; learning and teaching should not just be seen as an isolated activity that happens in a classroom.

 

Curriculum Intent:

As a Federation, our aim is to embark on a journey of learning filled with opportunities to gain new knowledge, vocabulary and skills; to have experiences which engage and motivate us; to embrace challenges as opportunities to develop and improve; embedding a growth mindset where effort, resilience and perseverance to learn and improve are rewarded. We want our children to develop positive learning attitudes built on self-belief, a desire to succeed, and the expectation to be the best that they can be. We strive to develop a culture where we give our children feedback on the different ways they learn and recognize and reward their aspirations, effort, responsibilities and respect for each other which enable progress and success.





Through our curriculum we will...

  • embed the Vision and Values of the school
  • have high expectations for all learners and motivate children to believe in their potential.
  • ensure that children are actively involved in their learning.
  • appropriately challenge and support all learners with experiences which are relevant, inspiring, motivating and engaging.
  • provide a learning environment which is safe, caring, supportive and stimulating.
  • demonstrate secure subject and pedagogical knowledge to inspire and develop understanding.
  • celebrate diversity and recognise each other as unique individuals; all different; all equal.
  • inspire lifelong learners who are active citizens caring for, supporting and contributing to local and wider projects.
  • deliver lessons rich in knowledge and vocabulary.
  • provide opportunities to Elicit, Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Extend and Evaluate learning.
  • enable appropriate and pertinent aspects of personal, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and emotional development within our provision.
  • insist on high expectations of learning and social behaviours.
  • develop skills of critical thinking and reflection so that they can make correlations and connections.
  • to develop independence, growth mindset and resilience through meaningful and relevant content and approaches.
  • encourage outdoor learning.
  • encourage children to ask questions.
  • develop and sustain good links and focused communication with the school community.
  • enrich learning opportunities with visits, visitors and extra-curricular activities.

Curriculum Implementation:
 
The curriculum is organised under whole school/key stage themes using the model detailed below.

 

 
 Within the theme, coverage is organised within blocked subject knowledge based units to ensure that the children are provided with deep and rich learning opportunities where knowledge can be built upon and expored at depth. For example, within our theme on our 'Wonderful World', there are blocked history, art, geography and RE units of work. Within each block, the delivery of lessons will be creative, making use of meaningful cross-curricular links to focus and inspire the learners to explore and engage with the focused subject. This will also ensure that the children are applying knowledge and skills in a variety of different contexts, making links and comparisons. 
For each unit, we have developed knowledge organisers which provide details about the key knowledge, vocabulary and skills which will be explored in the unit and what opportunities there will be for cross curriculuar links.



2019-2020 Long Term Curriculum Plan

 

 

 
In addition to the music curriculum provided in school, our children get the opportunity to learn a variety of musical instruments, taught by members of the Music Service. Instruments include keyboards, guitar, flute, brass, violin, and recorder. We encourage our musicians to play to the school at the beginning and end of assemblies. 


In addition to our PE curriculum, children have the opportunity to attend competitions and after school sports clubs that include badminton, volley ball, athletics, football, rocketball and netball. 

We make every effort to ensure children are fully involved in planning at our school and regularly consult their views. Any parent who is able to help in school in any way is warmly welcomed.

If you wish to find out more information about our curriculum please speak to the class teachers, or refer to the termly overviews sent out at the beginning of each term.

 
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