Fordham CE Primary School

FordhamCE Primary School

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Our Curriculum Rationale

In this Curriculum section, you will find the information about our school’s curriculum.

Click on each subject in the curriculum menu above to find out about the content of the curriculum we follow in each academic year for every subject.

Under the English tab in our curriculum menu, you can also find out about the names of the phonics and reading scheme we are using in KS1.

Please find our Curriculum Maps and Topic Homework Menus for this academic year here. These are reviewed termly, considering the interest of the pupils and the existing learning and knowledge.

Our Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is thoughtfully created so that our children become embodied in their learning – curious and wanting to know more! We strive to provide opportunities to FLOURISH in all they do, have FAITH that they can succeed and use FRIENDSHIP to compliment, support and value each other.

We combine the National Curriculum with our own so that children are offered a wide range of experiences and opportunities to learn.  Through our curriculum, we encourage our children to celebrate success and build on failure, developing resilience and independence. They are encouraged to apply their thinking in real life contexts.  Our curriculum promotes a love for learning and thirst for knowledge where we all aim for academic excellence.  

All children are expected to use and apply higher level thinking skills so that they are prepared for the future.  Our curriculum is designed so that children are at the heart of their own learning, becoming ‘self-regulated’ learners. 

We also believe that a curriculum should be wide and far-reaching in order to inspire and motivate children.  Therefore, we enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and offer a programme of wider curriculum activities that children partake in during the year.  We believe it is not just about what happens in the classroom but offer opportunities to learn outside.  Many of these activities encourage values and develop the 'rounded' individual. 

For further information about the new national curriculum, please see this helpful guide for parents : Guide for Parents

Our Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum has been created focussing on the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group.  Subject leaders have ensured that the progression in each subject embeds and builds on prior learning.  The long-term overviews for each subject are available on each subject tab.

Our staff are empowered to organise and deliver the curriculum that meets the needs of their children. Staff develop year group specific curriculum maps for each term that are shared with parents. The curriculum maps focus on a topic e.g. Crime and Punishment (mostly a history or geography focus) that links many of the subjects using meaningful connections in order to deepen children’s learning. Where possible, the book that the children study in English is also related. 

Brilliant beginnings are used as an exciting way to introduce the topic focus, engaging the children in their learning and building on their curiosity. At the end of each topic, a showstopper is used to conclude the children’s learning demonstrating the new knowledge and skills e.g. create a documentary on crime.

Our short term plans are produced on a weekly basis. We use these to set out the objectives (WALT – we are learning to…) for each lesson, identifying engaging activities, key vocabulary and resources.

Maths and English continues to be taught during the morning including phonics and spelling, guided reading following Collective worship. In the afternoons, staff are encouraged to teach weekly lessons for Science (2 hours), RE (1 hour) and PE (2 hours – one session is covered during PPA by Dellar Sports) and PSHE (delivered weekly during PPA). The other foundation subjects are covered weekly for each half term (or equivalent). This helps to ensure that all subjects have sufficient time allocated and that the profile of each subject remains high. 

Each half term there is also an opportunity to enrich each subject as a focussed day across the school for example, music day or geography fieldwork day. These special days compliment the learning in class and give the children the opportunity to work alongside pupils in other classes and other ages, sometimes working in vertical groupings in Houses or even self-selecting activities.

Differentiation across the curriculum is through self-selection, through outcome or support.  Activities are provided and the children choose the task that will challenge them (staff monitor this carefully to ensure that the children are choosing appropriately and that cater for their needs).

Subject Rationales

Our rationale for Art

In Fordham CofE Primary School, we use art as an opportunity to reinforce learning across the curriculum. The creativity of art enables all learners to express themselves in a personalised way whilst also developing their critical eye. When experimenting with different media forms in art, children are able to grow as reflective artists. At Fordham, we believe that art is paramount to building the curious learner in a holistic way.

Our rationale for Computing

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we understand that we are progressing into a digital world where technology is becoming an integral part of our children’s futures. Therefore, we ensure that our children are equipped with the skills and knowledge to safely develop their digital literacy, programming understanding and computer science proficiency. Computing has a strong connection with all other curriculum areas therefore we ensure it is embedded in our everyday learning.

Our rationale for DT

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we value Design Technology. Design and Technology is a continuous stream that flows through all of our learning. Building on the key areas of design, make and evaluate, children are able to creatively problem solve with purpose always at the forefront of their minds. Alongside this, and to further build on their understanding, children apply their technical knowledge to aid design and production. Pupils learn to take risks and to apply knowledge of success and failure to all three stages of production whilst using skills from across the curriculum to support their learning.  Excellent Design and Technology education makes an integral contribution to the culture, creativity and progression of our futures and therefore its importance is celebrated throughout our curriculum.

Our rationale for Geography

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we encourage children to unpick the meanings of human and physical geography, and thus review and understand the relationships between them.  We aim to inspire pupils to explore both human and physical processes which influence the world in which they live, as well as to develop their own understanding of how they influence the world. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diversity within their own environment, as well as further afield.

Fordham School is committed to creating reflective, enthusiastic geographers. Geography encompasses a variety of key skills which are vital to a child’s understanding of the wider world. We aim to inspire curiosity and fascination about their local and global environment, considering not only their human and natural environments and processes but also considering resources, people and their impact on the world.

Our rationale for History

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we value history. Our teaching of history inspires children to be curious about, and connected to, the past.  Through exciting, interactive lessons, we want our pupils to understand and feel part of their local area, their country and the wider world, and to wonder at the richness and diversity of human culture. History lessons teach children how to weigh evidence, distinguish between fact and opinion, empathise with people from the past and consider their own values and opinions, as the journey through their own lives.

Our rationale for Languages

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we value learning a modern language. It transports children out of their immediate environment into the wider world both linguistically and culturally. We aim to inspire pupils to develop their foreign language skills in an active, enjoyable and informal way so that everyone feels able to participate in a supportive and valued environment.

Our rationale for Music

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we value Music. Music is a universal language which embodies creativity, self-expression and a strong sense of community. Singing is at the heart of our music education and we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music through performance, composition and focussed listening. Through these core practical activities pupils will increase their self-confidence as musicians and explore a broad range of styles and genres from a variety of musical eras.

Our rationale for PE

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we value Physical Education. We are athletes! We follow a unique, child centered approach that challenges every child to succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Our curriculum focuses on social, personal, cognitive and creative skills taught through PE lessons, which provides them with opportunities to become physically confident and support their health and fitness. We also give the children opportunities to compete in school and out of school in sport which helps embed values such as fairness and respect.

Our rationale for RE

At Fordham CofE Primary School, we value RE. As a Church of England school Religious Education and Christian Values underpin everything we do and this is consolidated in our daily Collective Worship. Our RE Curriculum aims to develop pupils’ religious literacy and covers both Christianity and other major world religions with the view to foster a curiosity about what it means to be a spiritual person, and respect people of all faiths and none. RE is taught through a range of creative, engaging and active activities and explicit learning links drawn from our holistic school activities from Collective Worship and regular celebration events, many of which are held our local Church, St. Peter & St. Mary Magdelene. 

Our rationale for Science

At Fordham CofE Primary School, Science is an integral part of the curriculum. Science, throughout the word’s history, has changed our lives and it is vital to enabling the world to address current and future global challenges. We want our children to be passionate scientists, enthused by a hands-on, enquiry-based curriculum that nurtures curiosity and questioning.  We encourage pupils to explore and discover the world around them; develop their ability to predict and rationally explain ideas; and establish and extend their understanding of the knowledge, processes, methods and uses of Science.