Curriculum

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At Finstock CE Primary School we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a love of learning and willingness to explore.  We are proud to use the National Curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for our children, but enrich it by our strong ethos based on respect for ourselves and others, equality and a sense of wonder at the world we live in. We are committed to developing the whole child. Our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.

We are continually reviewing and improving the curriculum we offer to our children,  evolving it  according to the needs of our children and to the aspirations of the staff and community.

Values

We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.  We foster a love of learning, and aim to support children in the development of skills to make them life-long, independent learners through the ‘I Can Do It’ scheme.

We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community and use the community to enrich the curriculum. We actively promote British Values, ensuring that our pupils are responsible members of the global community.  To find out more about how Finstock School does this, click here).

We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.

We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.  We actively seek opportunities to use the outdoor environment as a stimulus for, and a place to enhance, learning recognising the impact that Outdoor Learning can have on a child’s engagement, the development of independent learning skills and how it can add context to learning.  All our children enjoy attending Forest School for a sequence of lessons during the year.

We value parents and work in partnership with them to enrich the curriculum. Parents are informed about the curriculum through topic letters, homework and curriculum workshops, and are positively encouraged to become involved.

EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM

At Finstock we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Our creative approach to learning , supports an integrated approach to early learning and care.  We deliver high quality early education and childhood experiences to all our children, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to become active learners.

Part of this process is the ongoing assessment of the stage in development that a child is at, so that we can plan for and develop their next steps in learning.  To support us in  our assessment we use the following document:  EYFS – Development Matters (2)

ORGANISING AND PLANNING OUR PRIMARY CURRICULUM

At Finstock we have a Creative Curriculum where cross curricular activities link learning to real life situations and often have a practical approach. Pupils are actively involved in the decision making during the term and each topic starts with pupils working with their teacher to decide what they would like to know and what they know already. Our topics are wide ranging and we aim to ensure that all pupils are actively engaged in and enjoying their learning.

In addition to all the class based topic activities we also offer a wide range of extra curricular activities. These are open to all ages from Year 1 to Year 6 and are varied, including sports, musical and creative clubs.

Throughout the year we encourage parents and carers to visit the school for various activities and events. We hold Celebration Assemblies weekly on Fridays, where we celebrate the successes and achievements of our children, and three times a year each class hosts an assembly where they share their learning. We also invite parents to join us at fund-raising events, such as Coffee Afternoons, and at the end of Themed Weeks, where we can showcase our learning.

We are always open to suggestions and ideas from parents as to how we can improve communication and opportunities to share what we are doing.

Children with Special Needs

If a child has a special need, our school does all it can to meet their individual needs. We comply with the requirements set out in the SEN Code of Practice in providing for children with special needs. If a child displays signs of having special needs, his/her teacher makes an assessment of this need. In most instances the teacher is able to provide resources and educational opportunities which meet the child’s needs within the normal class organisation. If a child’s need is more severe, we consider the child for a statement of special needs, and we involve the appropriate external agencies when making this assessment. We provide additional resources and support for children with special needs.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning at Finstock School

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Finstock School is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, and we are fortunate to have extensive grounds available for our use.  We actively seek opportunities to use the outdoor environment as a stimulus for, and a place to enhance, learning recognising the impact that Outdoor Learning can have on a child’s engagement, the development of independent learning skills and how it can add context to learning.  All our children enjoy attending Forest School for a sequence of lessons during the year.

‘I Can Do It’

We are committed to ensuring that our pupils leave Finstock School with the independent learning skills to enable them to succeed to their potential.  This is based around the ‘I Can Do It’ program which encourages the 5 Rs of responsibility, resilience, reflection, reciprocal working and resourcefulness.

Long term Plans – The curriculum at Finstock School is based around whole school topics, with each class linking their literacy, history, geography, art/DT and, if possible, science to this. We are in the process of creating a two year cycle of planning incorporating the new curriculum objectives.

2014/15 – Year 1: Long Term Plan                Science, History and Geography coverage in 2014/15.

2015/16 – Year 2: Long Term Plan               Science, History and Geography coverage in 2015/16

2016/17 – Year 1: Long Term Plan (as 214/15)              Subject Coverage in 2016/17 (Note there are slight changes to 2014/15) due to class restructuring

Termly Newsletters – 2016/17

Each term, our classes issue a newsletter which outlines what will be covered in each class during that term, along with any important additional information.

Term 1 Newsletters :  Cedar Class (Y5/6)  Beech Class (Y4/5)   Oak Class (Y1/2),  Cherry Class (R, N)

Term 2 Newsletters: cedar-class-newsletter-spring-2017 (Y5/6), beech-class-newsletter-spring-2017 (Y3/4), oak-class-newsletter-spring-2017 (Y1/2), cherry-class-newsletter-spring-2017 (Y N/R)

Further Links :

For further details on curriculum skills coverage and age related expectations please use the following links:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

 

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