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Our Curriculum

Our School Intent

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. 

 

As a small village school, we are proud of the ‘sense of community’ that our children demonstrate through purposeful curriculum opportunities – often linked to local partners.  Alongside our commitment to maintain school traditions, the school is forward thinking.  Tackling local, national and global issues 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 skills based learning approach. 

 

This is a shared responsibility and vision which involves children, staff and parents.

 

Aims:

  • 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.

 

School Values

Our School Values were chosen following consultation with different stakeholders.  The children (during a family group assembly), parents and members of the church community all contributed towards deciding the following as our school values:

Confidence - Creativity - RespectPeacePerseverance - Collaboration

Love is the over-arching value.

These six values underpin daily life at Newton Ferrers C of E Primary School.   They encompass characteristics that we all aim to foster and they are celebrated by both children and staff. They support our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.  Each half term, children learn about these values in different context across different curriculum subjects.

We also promote British Values throughout school life to prepare children for their role in society.  This can be seen in lessons, as well as playtimes and whole school worship, through: democracy; fair voting systems; promoting diversity and acceptance is endorsed. Staff role model these values and support children in learning about individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect.

 

What else does our curriculum offer?

By helping children to form positive thinking and learning skills, and to develop a range of transferable skills, we give them the tools they need to become successful learners.  We believe our curriculum should combine creativity, problem solving to make knowledge memorable and interesting.  Children need to make the links from prior learning and by giving children varied tasks, they will be able to build their knowledge.

Our curriculum aims to promote social skills in a range of contexts.  Basic communication skills such as the ability to listen, follow directions and concentrate.  It also includes the ability to refer to past comments, such as tying a current statement to a previous one, or query about potential, future ideas, actions and events.

At our school, we want our children to develop a rapport with peers and adults but also develop empathy towards one another – as well as towards those in the world around us.  These interpersonal and emotional skills such as responsibility, dependability, leadership, patience and flexibility are nurtured in the flexibility of tasks children undertake in different subjects.

Within all subjects, teachers find opportunities for essential numeracy, literacy and ICT skills to be applied and used.  This gives children opportunity to consolidate skills in different contexts.

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.

 

Non-Core Subjects

The skills curriculum at Newton Ferrers is well planned to ensure that children have a broad and balanced knowledge of all curriculum subjects.  Children are involved in asking questions about what they would like to learn and deciding on specific outcomes. Children use a range of skills in different subjects to work towards meaningful outcomes.  Often these outcomes are linked so children can make a difference as courageous advocates to the school, local community or beyond.  Children build on the skills they learn each year following the school skills maps.

 

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

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