Our Overview

Our Curriculum

Through our curriculum we aim to grow our children socially, emotionally and academically within an inclusive and deeply caring school community where everyone can flourish.  This is in line with our vision of being ‘rooted and grounded in love’ (Ephesians 3:17), actively working together to encourage the acorns to be the oak God means them to be; and the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust vision of encouraging ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).

Intent

At Forest of Galtres, we aim high. We want every part of our school community – pupils, parents and members of staff to experience care, nurture and success. 

We ensure that every child has access to a broad, balanced and supportive curriculum. Through this we are able to give our pupils a range of opportunities and experiences to grow and develop academically, physically socially and morally.

Implementation

All National Curriculum subjects are carefully planned, structured and sequenced to ensure progression in learning across year groups and key stages. It is structured to help pupils remember long term the content that they have been taught and pupils are encouraged to integrate this new knowledge into larger areas. It is rooted, and has grown from, a solid agreement between all subject leaders about the knowledge and skills that our pupils will need in order to ensure that they develop resilience; growing and developing academically, physically, socially and morally.

We aim to tailor our curriculum to fulfil every child’s potential, taking into account (and adapting our curriculum) to incorporate local events and exhibitions. Through a curriculum that is both stimulating and challenging, we develop curiosity about the world around them and enable children to grow and develop; becoming independent, active learners. We learn as Geographers, Scientists, Historians, Linguists and Artists to ensure children’s learning is brought to life. Throughout all areas of the curriculum, reading is prioritised. Key vocabulary for all subjects is prominent on working walls and children are given access to a range of age appropriate texts across all subject areas. 

There is a sharp focus on phonics for our younger pupils and a programme of support is in place for any older children who may need additional help, these may be SEND, EAL or new to the country. A range of after school activities and additional experiences such as; fieldwork, educational visits and visitors to school, ensure that both enjoyment and learning are enhanced – helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Impact

Children’s progress is carefully monitored through appropriate assessment and, where children are found to need additional support, we have a variety of interventions to help them. Our staff work hard, and are incredibly proud of our stimulating and progressive curriculum that meets the needs of all of our pupils. Please see our individual curriculum pages for more information.

Cornerstones

Here at Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called ‘The Four Cornerstones’ and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs), which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous skills and knowledge framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These skills and knowledge are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

Phonics

We teach phonics by following the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme. All teachers and support staff have received training and support on how to teach children Phonics effectively, so that all children make rapid progress through the scheme and can read with fluency by 6 years old.

Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS statement of intent

Information for families

If you would like to find out more about what your child is doing in school, please contact their class teacher. 

Other useful links:

BBC Bitesize Fun activities to help children learn more key subjects.

Department for Education Articles and advice for children and young people.

Check out the amazing activities in our Forest School!

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