Our Outdoor Classroom and Forest School
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
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.