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 aim is to make our school curriculum as engaging and exciting as possible. We have designed a curriculum based on themes for each class on a two year rolling programme which is linked to literacy and maths wherever possible. Each half term topic is linked to interesting real life links and includes an interesting ‘outcome’. These outcomes include making things such as puppets, Ancient Egyptian canopic jars and skeletons to designing PowerPoints about World War Two, scientific tests to investigate cogs and pulleys, and creating dances or music inspired by the Amazon rainforest.
Outdoor Learning: We have an outdoor classroom located off site where each class has the opportunity for forest and fun activities.
Music: We have a specialist teacher who teaches music in Years 2 and 3; children learn how to play the recorder and ukulele. In other year groups, music is taught through a scheme of work linked to themes and children’s interests.
Click below for curriculum downloads which are subject to change according to extraordinary events such as the Olympics. Class newsletters provide more up to date information on learning in classrooms.
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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.