Our Outdoor Classroom and Forest School
We have the use of an outdoor classroom located in fields which we use regularly. We run forest school type sessions. Check this video out from years ago when the outdoor classroom was first created… Click here.
Our Thematic Curriculum
Our Curriculum Intent
At Fingringhoe Primary School we believe that our children deserve an inspiring curriculum which enables them to develop personally and academically through meaningful learning experiences. The schools values of Care, Courage and Compassion enable us to support and manage the needs of the school community and underpin our curriculum.
We believe that skills should be developed alongside knowledge and that deeper learning happens by going beyond the curriculum, linking key concepts to subject themes. This provides opportunity to create connections by lifting pupils above the content, to a position where they can see things from a different perspective.
Our curriculum immerses children in exciting projects which start with a subject theme and is combined with a philosophical, concept based enquiry question. Through these projects the children are challenged to work creatively whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding through engaging and memorable experiences.
The year is split in to three themes: Discover, Explore and Create. During each of these themes covered over a term, there are specific and differing learning experiences planned for and assessed.
The classes will have a curriculum map running over a four year rolling programme based on these themes. Alternations may be made to the map on an annual basis in light of significant and topical local/world events.
Autumn Term is Discover with a History focus and throughout school, pupils engage in projects designed to answer Big Questions about the way we lived and why this affects us today.
In the Spring Term, the theme is Explore and is Geography based. The focus here is to challenge children to find out how they can make the world a better place by looking at a ‘Big Issue’ from sustainability, conservation, to refugee crisis. The pupils are provided with opportunities to look at the world from a different perspective and challenge them to make a difference.
The summer Term is time for the arts to have a focus in our Create theme. Although subjects such as art, design, drama, dance and music are covered during the other terms, it is in summer that pupils get the opportunity to develop their skills and benefit from producing an outcome with an intended Big Impact.
From their different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for their next year of schooling, including transition to secondary education.
- They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
- They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
- They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
- They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities.
- They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society
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Reading and Phonics
The school uses the Department for Education recommended ‘Letters and Sounds’ as its phonics programme. This is taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1 to help our children to develop their reading and writing skills. More information and activities to help your child at home can be found here:
Alongside a discrete phonics session which takes place every day in EYFS and KS1, a love of reading is promoted though sharing and engaging with books through talking, drama and games. A range of book schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree, are used to consolidate phonics and children take scheme and non-scheme books home to read and share with their family.
In Year 2 and beyond, children are taught spellings outlined in the National Curriculum through daily teaching and activities. Spelling rules are sent home to be practised. Word lists for each year group and spelling rules can be found here.
All children’s books are regularly monitored to ensure children are choosing appropriate and challenging books. Children take home a school book and record the reading of this in a reading record. Children read to an adult in school during guided reading sessions (also known as ‘ERIC’ which stands for Everyone Reading In Class) and as appropriate on a one to one basis. A full range of reading genres are offered through engaging reading schemes and books. A class novel is read to the children on a daily basis during class story time. These books, by well-known authors, are chosen for their high quality and engaging texts and may or may not be linked to the thematic curriculum. Find out more about our recommended class texts and literacy teaching under Curriculum.
Since introducing ‘Talk4Writing’ two years ago, writing has gone from strength to strength. It is based on the idea that if children can ‘say it’, they can ‘write it’. Children are given lots of opportunities to listen to and enjoy books, stories and texts across the school. In EYFS to Year 5, children get to know a story or non-fiction text well so that the structural language becomes second nature to them. Then, children are asked to imitate the story through story telling and then innovate it or invent their own through writing. Therefore, when they start to write, much of the language features are known to them.
We are currently reviewing our maths curriculum, working closely with specialist maths advisors, to ensure children receive the best possible teaching.
At Fingringhoe School, we are committed to supporting all children develop themselves as competent mathematicians; we strive to embed the skills and processes necessary to enable children to use and apply their Maths learning in a variety of contexts.
Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to build a conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges. Our children are exposed to the three layers of Maths: fluency, reasoning and problem solving, which enables pupils to see their learning as purposeful, relevant and exciting. Fluency also includes the teaching and learning of mental maths, such as times tables and number bonds. Our approach to the teaching of mathematics develops children’s ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, along with the positive approach and attitude that we are all mathematicians. In order to develop the conceptual mathematic understanding of our learners, class teachers provide resources to follow a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to consolidate understanding of varied problems.
We recognise that in order for pupils to progress to deeper and more complex problems, children need to be confident and fluent across each yearly objective. To ensure accurate coverage across the school, we use the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning and these are available in mixed ages as necessary for our school.
Within the Maths Hub schemes of learning, each National Curriculum objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving and taught in small progressive steps; our teachers use the learning challenges to teach for mastery – an approach to extend and deepen the understanding of pupils within each year group. Our teaching staff use this document in conjunction with a range of high quality resources to support, stretch and challenge all learners within the classroom.
Please click on the links below to see how we teach maths in more detail:
Maths Overviews (subject to change depending on assessments of pupils and their needs):
Please check our Home Learning page under Pupils to find more information on how we teach Maths.
PE and Sporting Events
We have two PE coaches to support our staff in the teaching and promotion of PE and physical exercise. Throughout the year, classes participate in a variety of sports including football, touch rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders, dance, martial arts, gymnastics and swimming. Although we have a small playground, we are able to make use of the green adjacent to the school and the recreation field, a short walk away which gives our pupils more space to run around and get fit.
We aim to offer every pupil 15-30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily.
We participate in the Tiptree and Stanway Consortium sporting events which include cross country, athletics and multi-skills events. This gives our pupils the opportunity to experience competition, competing against other schools.