At Furzeham Primary School Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and promotes a positive attitude to life-long learning. Our curriculum is built on being inspiring and inclusive with an over- arching desire to be excellent in all aspects of teaching and learning. It builds on the knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage in readiness for their next stage of education.
The knowledge of our children and the coastal community in which they live have shaped what we believe is an exciting, innovative and creative curriculum, providing equality of opportunities to counter relative disadvantage/different starting points and meeting the needs of all our learners. Our curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary, develop strong cross curricular links and provide bespoke challenge to all pupils. Inviting classroom environments stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning.
We offer a range of lunchtime and after school clubs, which further extend our children’s learning opportunities.
Creativity is flouted at every opportunity through performance and artistic skills, this confidence building underpins self-worth and esteem and the desire to achieve in any area they so wish.
We believe our children possess unique talents, skills and qualities. As such, they have the right to succeed, the right to recognise their own greatness and the right to develop who they are in a respectful and nurturing environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our key values with a love of learning being the foundation of everything we do.
- Has an uncompromising focus on the development and application of reading, writing and mathematics skills.
- Permeates the schools ethos.
- Balances academic success with wider attributes such as creativity, responsibility, resilience, independence & working collaboratively as well as physical development, well-being and mental health supporting the development of the whole child.
- Develops our children’s love and passion for learning using Hooks and Celebrations as motivational tools and a relevant meaningful curriculum.
- Develops the ability to think independently
- Enables Inclusion to be central in all learning experiences.
- Promotes our Learning Values
- Celebrates equity and diversity supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Enables our children to develop an understanding of the wider world, their place within it and how they will make a positive difference.
- Develops children as leaders by valuing children’s voices and individual contributions and offering a range of opportunities to develop their leadership skills e.g. roles of; Prefects; Schools Council; Sports Ambassadors, Peer mediators; Librarians; Digital Leaders and through responsibilities given in their class.
In order to empower excellence in children, we believe that we need to work in partnership with parents and the community to achieve this. Parents, stakeholders and community members are invited regularly into our school to celebrate the children’s work. Our unwavering PTA are resolute in the aim to achieve wider opportunities for the children and fund raise to help the school provide better resources.
Our carefully crafted curriculum balances the national expectations and a range of experiences allowing our children to flourish. It is designed as a 2 year rolling programme to complement the class structure we operate from Year 1 to Year 6, with Reception running an annual program. Our whole school curriculum map ensures that the curriculum has sufficient depth and coverage of knowledge in all subjects and ensures pupils’ progression in knowledge and skills. Our focus is on the Core Subjects of English, Maths and we organise the foundation subjects to deliver a ‘topic’ based approach. Some subjects will be taught discretely and others will be linked through our topics.
Curriculum content includes the areas specified in the National Curriculum, providing a base for an education that ensures quality and progression and assessment is used to shape future learning. Using the National Curriculum as our starting point, we plan topics for our children which are engaging, often set in a real-life context, giving them the opportunity to make links with the community. Curriculum planning is rooted in our schools ethos of active learning, creativity, community, and inclusive learning.
PSHE is given a high profile in the school and runs through our entire curriculum. We place great value on the development of children as individuals and providing our children with the knowledge and understanding and skills they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals. Our school learning values permeate and link to all of our teaching and learning and through every unit of learning. Throughout the curriculum planning stages each topic is designed with our schools key areas central to our school ethos; active learning, creativity, community, inclusive learning
Medium term Planning depicts clear learning outcomes which are linked to key skills in each subject. These learning outcomes are assessed throughout the learning journey using assessment for learning as a key strategic tool for enhancing children’s progress in every subject. Individual progression plans are provided for those children needed smaller steps to reach targets and objectives.
Our highly experienced staff offer a wealth of subject specialism including PE, Art, English, History, Maths, Early Years, Linguistic specialisms, Performing Arts and KS1 specialists. They deliver CPD on a daily basis to other teachers and teaching assistants as well as planned in training approaches. Our teaching assistants are also highly experienced and effective in their area of expertise
Our whole school team strengthen our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes driving forward next steps.
It is the class teachers and TAs’ responsibility to ensure that classroom practice and subject delivery matches our strategic intentions.
Subject Leaders monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback and moderation to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development.
Senior Leaders rigorously check implementation and review the curriculum using triangulated monitoring, moderation and pupil progress meetings throughout the year to gauge the impact of our curriculum model.
Subject Leaders and Senior Leaders will collectively carry out performance analysis, which is linked to this triangulated monitoring, measuring performance against individual and school targets which are reviewed regularly.
Governors, as part of their overall school scrutiny, monitor curriculum progress and impact via Head teacher Reports, SIP Progress Reviews and their link Portfolio Visits.
Classrooms-Learning journeys can be seen in topic books, in Maths and English books, in class PSHE books and our learning journeys on school displays.
Pupils- Their pupil voice in lessons, school council and on displays along with comments about the curriculum.
Parents - Feedback from class showcases and parental consultations. Home learning is used as a tool to consolidate learnt strategies and concepts and to foster a sense of ownership of learning.
Our monitoring of impact approaches are rooted in ensuring that our schools ethos are at the forefront of our planning, delivery and children’s experience of their learning journey
Our children at Furzeham will;
- be resilient learners
- have good subject knowledge that can be transferred
- be motivated to learn
- have ownership of learning.
- develop curiosity and inquisitiveness
- have a greater perspective on the wider world
- develop readiness for their next phase of education
Foundation stage has its own Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The classes work together, following the areas of learning and development towards a set of Early Learning Goals for Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The children’s learning experiences are planned to enable them to develop and achieve in the early learning areas through play and investigative learning experiences. The EYFS curriculum is planned for the inside and outside classrooms and equal importance is given to learning in both areas. The curriculum is planned in a cross-curricular way to enable all aspects of the children’s development. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance in Reception. Our Reception and Reception & year 1 classrooms are now located adjacent to each other meaning they can enjoy a free flow inside/outside learning experience alongside the EYFS.
This consists of Year 1 and Year 2. From Year 1 we, as all schools, follow the National Curriculum. This comprises of eleven subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. We also teach Phonics throughout Key Stage 1 using the Read write inc programme. We have also implemented an ‘integrated’ approach to learning which builds on the good practice from the EYFS. In Key Stage 1, we have introduced a semi -integrated and creative approach to planning the curriculum, as we understand that young children learn best through experiencing a curriculum which is relevant and meaningful to them. This is based on good early years practice and in encompasses the National Curriculum requirements. The children will be involved in directed, independent, cross curricular activities related to the week’s learning objectives, throughout the day, either with an adult or independently. The learning is planned to meet the weekly learning objectives. It is expected that each child will carry out an independent Maths and English task each day. This is cross-curricular and differentiated as appropriate to meet the children’s individual learning needs. At Furzeham Primary we have built our own key performance indicators across the school both in English, Maths and Phonics This strategic development puts place value and number and reading at the centre of KS1, believing that this foundation is the bedrock for all other learning.
Whole class Phonics is taught in Nursery with letters and sounds initially and then Read write inc where appropriate. Phonics is taught through Read Write inc throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 every day. This promotes a fun, pacey, rigorous and systematic approach to teaching phonics. By the end of Reception children are expected to be secure in yellow books and fulfilled set 2 sounds of Read write inc. By the end of Y1 they are expected to be secure in set 3 sounds as well as passing the phonics screening test in preparation to achieve the Framework statements by the end of Key Stage 1.
Key Stage 2
This consists of Years 3 to 6. Children continue to follow the National Curriculum and in addition they learn a modern foreign language, French. Children also go swimming throughout the school year. We continue to follow a topic based approach in Key Stage 2, making links between subjects, being more creative with topic choices, going with children’s interests or events which are happening locally, nationally and globally; and further developing work on speaking and listening.
The National Curriculum sets out what children should be taught and what they should be able to do at each stage of their education. English and Mathematics form the core of our work and the majority of skills and knowledge is taught as discrete units. However, we recognise the importance of making learning meaningful and memorable for children and for this reason we have Topics as a vehicle for making connections and linking subjects. Each year-group plans cross-curricular work around a central theme on a termly or half-termly basis. This allows more time for each subject to be studied in depth.
Maths and English is built on in a systematic way alongside our key performance indicators, believing that embedding of skills and understanding is key to progress and children retaining knowledge.
Religious Education forms part of the curriculum and we follow Devon’s agreed syllabus. Our aim is that all pupils understand the nature of religion and acquire an understanding of the beliefs, practices and strengths of the world’s six main religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism.
At Furzeham Primary and Nursery School English has a high priority within the timetable. Teaching staff work hard to ensure all children develop excellent literacy skills as they are the key to children succeeding in so many other areas of the curriculum.
All children are taught English every day and experience a wide range of speaking and listening activities and opportunities for reading and writing to develop their communication skills. Spelling and Grammar are taught explicitly at each age range. Children write for real audiences and purpose to inspire their writing.
At Furzeham Primary and Nursery School there is a daily mathematics lesson for all children. Lessons include whole class, group and individual work. Mental maths and problem solving are an important part of every lesson. Learning through a clear progression of mental and written methods, children develop understanding and the skills to carry out calculations independently. Children are encouraged to discuss their methods of working, ideas and reasoning and share their expertise with others.
We ask parents to take an active part in their children’s mathematical development and encourage parents to support their children with activities undertaken at home.
We provide investigations that build upon children’s scientific knowledge, and develop their understanding of how science shapes and influences life. We promote the development of skills, giving all children the opportunity to tackle everyday problems with confidence. Our science lessons are practical and hands on and we aim to make science an enjoyable part of the curriculum.
Foundation subjects including Computing, Religious Education, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, Music and PE are also taught on a regular basis. As part of our school philosophy, we run a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) which includes Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Drugs Education. Parents may withdraw their children from Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) if they wish. In addition, children are given the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign Language (MFL)