At Forestdale Primary School we believe every child is given the best opportunities to aspire in their learning and to excel in their standards. This is reflected in the school value words which we expect all staff and children to demonstrate.
Forestdale Primary School our children are at the heart of our curriculum. We believe it is essential for all our pupils to be given a diverse range of experiences and challenges in order to develop their knowledge and skills for their next steps in Education, as well as life outside of the school environment. The context and background of our children are fundamental to our design and delivery of the curriculum.
The key focus for our curriculum is to improve English and Maths and a priority is given to these in order to raise overall standards. Nevertheless, we are equally committed to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. All the curriculum subjects are taught within the National Curriculum 2014 Framework; however interwoven into our teaching are the essential life skills which will enable our children to build on British values and the values of the school. aim of this is to create resilient, tolerant and respectful children who are healthy, believe in themselves and who want to aspire and excel in all aspects of life.
The safety of our children underpins our school curriculum. We believe children will leave Forestdale having been taught the potential dangers and risks of the outside world, including cyberspace, and how to manage and mitigate them in order to stay safe and grow into respectful British citizens.
Support and equal opportunities are available for all children, regardless of ability, culture, gender, religion or race, to ensure they fulfil their potential.
In order to deliver the curriculum, staff at Forestdale use a variety of techniques to ensure they can respond to the needs of our children.
- English and Maths are taught daily, however alongside this staff identify opportunities for continuous provision: repeating and practising key skills to enhance children’s memories.
- Reading in KS2 is taught using a whole class approach to deepen their understanding and expand their vocabulary.
- Some cross-curricular themes are planned over a number of days or weeks and linked to homework projects.
- In 2018 we have introduced child led enquiries where the children generate ideas and investigate an area they wish to learn about.
- We are always looking to give the children experiences and taster days to open their eyes to new things, for example whole school visits to the theatre; visit to the Houses of Parliament; fencing, boxing and even quidditch! In order to excite the children, we also deliver immersion days for some of our subjects – for example: D&T and French language days. All our subjects are planned across each year group and key skills and knowledge are evaluated by staff.
- Teachers are also encouraged to regularly include active minutes in their lessons, which compliment our PE and daily ‘Run a Mile’. All this is in order to improve the health and wellbeing of our children.
- Throughout the day children are constantly reminded of the school values and examples of where and where they are not being displayed are constantly referred to by all staff.
- SMSC is taught through lessons and through daily continuous provision in order to enable children to be healthy, understand how relationships work and how to live safely in the wider world. One of our school priorities is to improve the mental wellbeing of our children through both individual support as well as whole class teaching e.g. meditation and yoga.
It is important that we review our curriculum on a regular basis. Subject leaders are responsible for the coverage of their subject, how it is assessed, as well as holding discussions with children to see what they know. SLT monitor and moderate work on a weekly basis through learning walks, work scrutinies and discussions with children. A group of children from KS2 are part of a Teaching and Learning Committee who meet regularly to discuss how we can improve our Teaching and Learning experience. A report on Teaching and Learning, including curriculum matters, is reported every term to the Governing Body.
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