Our School Vision and Curriculum Introduction
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 (Confidence - Creativity - Respect – Peace – Perseverance – Collaboration and Love) underpin daily life at Newton Ferrers and we aim to ensure our pupils have opportunities to become lifelong, confident learners as well as healthy, respectful citizens. All of this is to be under our school vision of inspiring all, flourishing together, fulfilling our God given gifts.
As a small village school, we are proud of the community pride that our children present from purposeful curriculum opportunities – often linked to local partners. Although endeavouring to keep with traditions, the school is forward thinking. Tackling local, national and global issues to learn but also make a difference is distinctive of units of learning children undertake. We aim to create courageous advocates whose actions make a difference in the community now and in the future.
We believe that our knowledge and skills based curriculum is inclusive of all children where they build on knowledge in all subjects each year. 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.
This is a shared responsibility and vision which involves children, staff and parents.
- 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 develop 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 ensure a smooth transition between Key Stages, ensuring progression in teaching and learning through each child’s time at School.To deliver enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of each subject.
Topic Themed Curriculum
The Topic curriculum at Newton Ferrers is well planned and uses the children’s interests as a stimulus for all ages. Children are involved in asking questions about what they would like to learn and deciding on specific outcomes. We broadly use a project based learning approach in which exciting hooks and purposeful learning experiences guide children through a project towards a real life outcome. Teachers skilfully plan to include the non-core subjects into these outcomes for example children learning about World War Two planned a VE Day including performances of spoken word, dance, cookery, historical and geographical written work on display and short videos produced during computing sessions.
Each half term, a different class have an opportunity to attend forest schools. This allows children to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences. The skills learnt at forest school contribute to different curriculum areas such as design and technology and science.
Each term, children have the opportunity to attend a local farm to experience life within an aspect of the rural community. Children build on their experiences each year – again with skills linked to different curriculum areas – to gain knowledge apply learning to the agricultural industry.
We are currently reviewing our current curriculum and each subject will be updated once it has been reviewed:
A guide for parents- EYFS
A guide for parents- Phonics
A guide for parents- Reading
Statements for British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum
Glossary of terms for Grammar- information for parents
General information about the National Curriculum
You may be interested in the documents below which give you more information about the new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014.