Our School Vision and Curriculum Introduction
Our school vision is aligned to that of the First Federation Trust. At Newton Ferrers, we are committed to providing a positive, safe and stimulating environment putting children at the heart of everything we do. The school values underpin daily life at Newton Ferrers and we aim to ensure our pupils have opportunities to become lifelong learners and healthy, respectful citizens. We believe that our broad and balanced curriculum offers exciting, creative and challenging learning experiences, relevant to the wider world, and in which children have a voice. Through shared high expectations we challenge all pupils to achieve their goals and to fulfil their potential. Learning is planned around children’s interests and needs using a project based learning approach to ensure it makes links to the community giving children purposeful outcomes. This is a shared responsibility and vision which involves children, staff and parents. Our curriculum uses the National Curriculum 2014 as a starting point for a wide and varied leaning experience underpinned by our school aims and values.
· To offer pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, which facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and understanding.
· To develop every pupil’s self-esteem through promoting self-discipline so that each individual achieves his or her true potential.
· To develop and evolve a curriculum centred around the needs of the children at Newton Ferrers Primary School.
· To develop the children’s creative abilities enabling them to have enquiring flexible minds.
· To learn and embrace the Christian ethos within the school.
· To develop the children’s social, personal, emotional, moral and cultural understanding with an awareness and celebration of the community and world in which we live.
· To develop an aptitude and enjoyment for lifelong learning throughout the whole school community.
Additional Curriculum specific aims:
· To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils
· To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and
demand their active participation.
· To smooth the transition between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning through their time at School.
· To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of each subject.
At Newton Ferrers Primary School, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which we supplement with resources from other schemes. Children are grouped in EYFS, Year 1 and 2 according to the area of Letters and Sounds which they are learning. These groups are fluid and flexible according to children’s progress and need. Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learners.
At Newton Ferrers Primary school, our books are banded according to their content. Pupils are taught reading skills during Guided Reading lessons, Phonics lessons and through cross-curricular activities. Pupils’ book band levels are checked regularly to ensure they are at the correct level.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on 7 key areas of learning:
Keystage 1 / Keystage 2
Speaking and Listening:
At Newton Ferrers C.E Primary School speaking and listening skills are paramount for both effective learning and also to help children feel valued as individuals. From the first day in school, pupils are encouraged to share ideas, use description and expressive language and to develop confidence and clarity when speaking to a range of audiences.
The importance of reading cannot be over-emphasised. In order for children to access other areas of the curriculum, they need to be able to read. Pupils have opportunities to take part in guided and independent reading as well as joint reading sessions with their peers and ‘reading buddies’.
Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts and genres, for enjoyment and information, developing skills to become critical and independent readers who value and respect books.
Children are taught about grammar, punctuation, text structure and organisation and how to write with a fluent, joined handwriting style. We teach a cursive handwriting style across the school.
We emphasise to our children that the quality of their writing, in terms of presentation and content, is equally important in English lessons as in all other learning opportunities; history, geography, RE, science etc. Pupils are given regular writing targets and individual ‘pupil conferencing’ with an adult so that they have a clear idea of the ‘next steps’ required to further improve.
Writing is often linked to the Class topic in any given term. Children are not only taught about grammar, punctuation, text structure, spelling and organisation but also creativity and expression.
We believe that if we can engage the children they are far more likely to want to write about their learning. Therefore, whenever feasible, we provide pupils with real-life opportunities so that they have a purpose for their writing.
At Newton Ferrers we endeavor to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable Mathematics curriculum for all children to ensure that they develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards the subject that will stay with them forever.
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 1, they should:
• have a positive attitude towards and an awareness of the fascinating nature of Mathematics;
• have an ever-increasing understanding of Mathematics developed through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
• be able to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond;
• have developed a range of mental and written calculation skills and be able to use these confidently in different settings;
• have developed their understanding of shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment;
• use mathematical language to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems;
• use and build upon their prior experiences of Mathematics.
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, they should:
• be using the number system confidently, moving from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations
• try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach;
• be capable in exploring the features of shape and space, and use their measuring skills in a range of contexts
• be able to discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts
• have an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
• have developed an ability to use and apply Mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
We promote a focus on the four rules of number and incorporate mathematics in to other lessons whenever appropriate.
Our aim is to develop our pupils’ enjoyment and interest in Science. We encourage the children to effectively communicate scientific ideas using scientific vocabulary. We also encourage the children to develop their understanding of key scientific concepts and skills. To support this, Science is taught with an emphasis on the children engaging in practical enquiry.
The science curriculum covers four areas of study:
Life Processes and Living Things
Materials and their Properties
RE is taught in accordance with the Devon Agreed Syllabus and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in this country. Our aim is to develop pupils` knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We link back to our core Christian Values in the school, chosen by the pupils and school community, frequently. These values; Trust, Friendship, Forgiveness, Truth, Compassion and Responsibility with the overarching theme of Love, underpin how we treat each other on a daily basis.
Physical Education is a means of developing children’s physical health, fitness and positive attitude towards their own well- being. Activities covered include: Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, and Outdoor Invasion Games.
Newton Ferrers Primary School offers a range of sporting activities after school. These include, football, gym and tag rugby. The clubs help to promote leadership skills, team work and confidence as well as developing physical skills further. We are part of the ‘School Sport’s Partnership’ which gives opportunity for pupils to regularly participate in Festivals and Tournaments, competing against other local schools as well as providing CPD for our teaching staff.
The school is well equipped with ICT equipment, and it is used by all ages of children.
Within education ICT is a subject which lends itself to all other National Curriculum subject areas and we encourage our pupils to view computers as one of a range of tools which can be used to aid their learning.
In addition, we deliver all other subjects through a varied and creative cross-curricular approach, matched to children’s interests. Please look at the Mind Maps and curriculum letters for each class to view the exciting and inspiring learning opportunities that have been planned for this term.
You may be interested in the documents below which give you more information about the new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014.