Believe Enjoy Succeed Together
Curriculum Values: Respect, Resilience, Cooperation, Curiosity
At Fairfield Primary School we aim high. We want every part of our school community- pupils, parents and members of staff to experience success. Our motto is ‘Believe Enjoy Succeed Together.’
We ensure that every child has access to a broad, balanced and supportive curriculum. Through this we can give our pupils a range of opportunities and experiences to grow and develop academically, physically socially and morally.
All National Curriculum subjects are carefully planned, structured, and sequenced to ensure progression across units of work and across year groups or key stages. It is structured to help pupils remember long term the content that they have been taught and pupils are encouraged to integrate this new knowledge into larger areas. It is rooted, and has grown from, a solid agreement between all subject leaders about the knowledge and skills that our pupils will need in order to ensure that they develop resilience, growing and developing academically, physically, socially and morally. Each subject is seen as a narrative (units link up from one to the other) We have identified the key learning (composite) and have selected the correct components for pupils to gain a full understanding of the main learning. These components are then sequenced, and enough time is afforded to ensure that the pupils will know more and remember more in relation to the main learning.
There is a huge focus on memory in the implementation stage, which would almost certainly involve retrieval and rehearsal and clear links to prior knowledge. Children are encouraged to take a central role in their own learning requiring deeper thinking, reasoning, and reflection.
The aim of the curriculum is to motivate and challenge our children to learn through research and experiential learning. The curriculum is designed to be meaningful to our children within their own contexts and to bring learning to life. This is done through the teaching of the subject making ‘Learning Links’, retrieving prior learning and using school visits, WOW starters, use of our Imaginarium, use of our Outdoor and Nature areas. We aim to leave a meaningful and significant legacy and participate in events where we have engaged with parents and the community taking full advantage of local opportunity.
Throughout all areas of the curriculum, reading is prioritised. Key vocabulary for all subjects is prominent on working walls and children are given access to a range of age-appropriate texts across all subject areas.
There is a sharp focus on phonics for our younger pupils and a programme of support is in place for any older children who may need additional help, these may be SEND, EAL or new to country. Our inclusive curriculum design ensures high quality teaching and learning of all subjects through connected and creative study where there is a purpose. There is an emphasis on the basic skills of English and Maths in building children’s cultural capital. Holistic child development is accomplished by protecting science, art, design and technology, music, computing, P.E., foreign language, history, and geography, all of which enliven children’s lives through the promotion of spiritual, moral, social, and cultural understanding.
A range of after school activities and additional experiences such as fieldwork, educational visits and visitors to school, ensure that both enjoyment and learning are enhanced – helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
Children’s progress and achievements are carefully monitored through appropriate and relevant formative and summative assessments. Where children are found to need additional support, we have a variety of interventions to help them.
We assess at the end of units of work at regular intervals throughout the year and this is referenced to summative National Curriculum assessments to meet end of Year expectations. We also use standardised tests such as NFER to support Teacher Assessments which we analyse each term. This information is gathered and collated to determine pupil’s next steps in learning.
All adults working with pupils feed into this to ensure all information is used purposefully determining a clear picture of what each pupil is achieving at any given point in time.
Our Curriculum Map for 2023/2024
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We intend for our curriculum to include important and significant knowledge that will be life-changing in as much as it will be knowledge that pupils will take with them for the rest of their lives. One of the main features in this is to have a 'knowledge-rich' curriculum. Across all subjects our teachers have created Knowledge Organisers. These are designed to help show what pupils should know at the end of a unit of teaching. They also provide a reminder of the important 'subject specific' language that pupils ought to know. In addition, pupils should know key information related to the topic. we make these Knowledge Organisers available to all pupils from the beginning of the unit of work to allow them to reflect on what knowledge is being taught.