Curriculum

Falmouth Primary Academy Curriculum
'Outstanding Together'
  • Our Curriculum

    Foundation Stage

    We are very fortunate to have an outstanding Foundation stage leader here at Falmouth Primary Academy. Miss Jane Alexander advises schools across the County on their curriculum and provision. Jane is also Head of School.

    We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This is a statutory requirement for all schools. Our team of Foundation practitioners use on going assessment and observations of the children to develop a flexible curriculum. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests. This is ensures that they are enthusiastic and motivated about their learning. Our foundation stage children have continuous access to both inside and outside. We provided a carefully planned play based curriculum which also maximises opportunities for children to develop their own lines of enquiry.

    Phonics and reading are taught through our structured Read, Write Inc programme. This is a recognised scheme that ensures that all children become confident, independent and enthusiastic readers.

    Our nursery children have an enriched play based curriculum. Early literacy and numeracy skills are developed through a range of learning activities and carefully planned continuous provision.

    In both settings we adopt a ‘free flow approach’ which allows children to access both inside and outside throughout the day.

    Curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6

    We pride ourselves on the curriculum that we provide for the learners in our school. We have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum reflects the world that we live in. The three key elements to our topic curriculum are:

    Local identity: This involves learning about our immediate surroundings, Cornwall and the United Kingdom. It is important that children are develop a sense of community, a cultural identity and how where they live is similar or different to other locations.

    Environmental: This focuses on a variety of environmental issues which encourage the children to learn about their impact on their world and how they can make a positive change.

    Global: This is an important part of our curriculum. The children have an opportunity to study different countries and continents around the world. This helps them to develop their global identity and ensures that they develop understanding, respect and tolerance for different cultures, their traditions and views.

    Our topic curriculum is taught in subject blocks. It has clear progression that ensures that the children develop skills, understanding and knowledge.This means that the children will focus on one subject area for a period of time rather than have 1 lesson a week e.g. science maybe taught over a series of ten consecutive lessons. This ensure that there is continuity in the learning for the children, it enables the teachers to use day to day assessment to plan for personalised learning and ensure that there is a pace to the children’s learning.

    We ensure that our curriculum is enriched by a variety of motivators, this includes trips, visits and visits in school by experts. Our extensive outdoor areas means that the delivery of the curriculum is not restricted to inside. The staff make use of this outdoor space to enrich all aspects of the curriculum.

    Visit the class pages for more detailed information about the content for each topic.

    English

    Our English curriculum maximises the opportunities for cross curricular links. The children have daily literacy lessons which include spelling, punctuation and grammar and handwriting. There are also daily guided reading sessions. Our lessons are carefully planned so that the children have clear expectations. Phonics, reading and writing for children in Y1 and Y2 are taught using Read, Write Inc. Children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are making appropriate progress. 1:1 and additional intervention is provided for children who require additional support. In KS2 spelling is taught in a structured way to ensure that it builds on children’s skills learnt through our Read, Write Inc programme.

    The teachers use a variety of stimulus to engage the children and first hand experiences play an important part in this. The school uses the National Curriculum to support planning and expectations. A variety of techniques are used to ensure children are able to read, write and speak confidently. We have adopted the strategies developed by Alan Peat and Pie Corbett to develop children’s writing.

    Mathematics

    Mathematics is taught daily and structured through three way learning. Children are grouped by ability and this ensures that the pitch of learning is appropriate. This approach allows teachers to personalise the learning for all children. Problem solving is embedded across the mathematics curriculum and our topic curriculum. Our curriculum is carefully planned and ensures that children are confident, numerate and can apply their skills. There is also a strong focus on the acquisition of basic skills. Quick recall of these facts ensures that our children are confident mathematicians. The teachers follow the National Curriculum and reasoning, problem solving and fluency are embedded in the teaching of mathematics. There is dedicated teaching of tables as we acknowledge that having a secure knowledge of table facts is crucial.

     

    Curriculum Programme Downloads

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