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Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Farington Primary School is broad and balanced and is based upon the National Curriculum. The Reception class follows the Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance.

The curriculum is delivered in an imaginative and stimulating way to encourage creativity and develop enthusiasm, providing children with a firm base of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to learning.

Particular care is taken to ensure that, from the earliest days, children are treated as individuals and that work is carefully matched to their capabilities. The curriculum at Farington Primary School is geared to the individual needs and stages of development of each child. Teachers recognise that the foundations laid down by parents’ forms the starting point for further progress, and that this progress is the shared responsibility of both parents and teachers.

Appropriate knowledge, concepts and skills are introduced at the correct developmental stage for each child in line with the National Curriculum. With lessons there is an effective blend of class, group or individual teaching, involving children in discussion, reasoning, experimenting and problem solving situations. Structured play, both indoors and outdoors, is an essential part of the curriculum especially for younger children

 

English

The English curriculum embraces speaking and listening skills, drama, reading and all forms of writing, from hand writing skills to creative writing and poetry. These aspects are taught through the English lessons and applied across the curriculum. We aim for all our children to be literate:

We enable our children to:

  • Read with confidence, fluency and understanding.
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies (phonic, syntactic, graphic and contextual) to develop their reading and correct their own mistakes
  • .Understand sound and spelling systems and use them to read and spell accurately.
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings and develop a growing, varied vocabulary.
  • Know, understand and be able to write in a range of text types, understanding the way narratives are structured through setting, character and plot.
  • Understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts
  • Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing. Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing
  • Be interested in books, read with enjoyment and be able to evaluate and justify their preferences.
  • Through reading and writing, develop their imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.

Teaching Phonics and Reading

Phonics

We teach our children to read using a 'synthetic' phonics approach, following the Letter and Sounds Programme. Children in the EYFS and KS1 receive daily phonic lesson.

It is very important that pupils understand their phonics early in order to get them reading quickly. We teach children the letter's name but more importantly we teach them  the sound it makes when spoken. We also teach them the sound that letters make when they are next to each other in a word.
 

Reading

The aim of our reading scheme at Farington Primary School is to produce competent, fluent readers armed with skills to read for enjoyment and to learn and understand about the world in which they live. We are fortunate enough at Farington to have a wide range of different reading schemes, enabling the children to have a rich and varied reading journey. We use phonetically decodable books such as Floppy's Phonics and Dandelion Readers and Launchers. We also have a selection of books for the different genres; fiction, non-fiction and poetry. As children become more confident they move onto 'free readers', where the children are able to choose books from the school and class libraries, or a book from home, to read for sustained periods both in school and at home.

 

Our range of reading schemes:

  • Collins Big Cats
  • Oxford Reading Tree - Biff, Chip and Kipper Books, Snapdragons, Fireflies, Read at Home, Traditional Tales, Alien Adventures, Wolf Hill
  • Dandelion - Readers, Launchers and Extended Phonic Code
  • Literacy Links
  • Young Hippo
  • Zapper Books

 

We really value reading for pleasure. As well as taking home books for the children to read to their grown-ups, from Reception year children choose books from the ley stage libraries for their grown ups to read to them.

In school, children read to adults regularly, either individually, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading and reading a class novel.

Parents are expected to hear their children read regularly at home and also to read to their children. Reading regularly to a child will not only enhance a child's love for reading but aloes their skills for writing too.

 Maths

The Mathematical curriculum at Farington Primary School includes the four areas of:

  • Number/Calculations
  • Geometry & Measures
  • Algebra
  • Data
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages.

We aim that our children should: 

  • Have a sense of the size of a number and know where it fits in the number system
  • Know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves.
  • Use the number facts they know by heart to calculate out answers mentally
  • Calculate accurately and efficiently, mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies.
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively.
  • Make sense of number problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them.
  • Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms.
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary.
  • Suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurements.
  • Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Confidently use and apply their mathematical knowledge to problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps

 

Our Creative Curriculum

Our creative curriculum is a learning journey which is based around half termly themes. Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music are taught through the creative curriculum, with links to other subject areas when appropriate. Computing, Physical Education, Languages in KS2 and Religious Education are taught as discrete  lessons. Whilst not a statutory subject, Personal, Social and Health Education is also taught in school as we believe this is vital to ensure the development and safety of the our children.

Click on the different classes below to see what each class is learning about. If any parent feels they have an expertise in any areas and would like to share this with the children please do not hesitate to contact us.

Class R

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

 

 
The National Curriculum
 
As you will be aware the government introduced a new National Curriculum in September 2014.
We thought the document below might be a helpful overview of what your child will now be taught. Click on the relevant class below.