TEACHING AND LEARNING
The staff of Frithwood Primary School are committed to raising standards and providing the best education for the pupils in school. The Teaching and Learning policy seeks to identify the features of effective teaching which translates the aims of the school and the curriculum into relevant, challenging and enjoyable learning experiences for all pupils. The staff are united in this work to establish an ethos of continuous improvement.
THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
At Frithwood we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Nursery and Reception age children.
There are seven areas of learning in our curriculum. Each area is important and inter-connected. Our work is primarily based on practical tasks, first-hand experiences and observation of the children. Our aim is to develop the whole child and provide stimulating activities in a safe and caring environment.
We believe that the language development of our pupils is fundamental to their success in all aspects of school life.
We follow the 'Read, Write, Inc.' programme which teaches reading and writing with a phonics focus. The children also develop their literacy skills through daily English lessons and spelling lessons. Spellings are sent home for children to learn and are tested each week.
Guided reading sessions are carried out regularly to develop children's comprehension skills and to encourage reading for pleasure. Reading is given a priority and we foster the home/school partnership in learning. We encourage all the children to read at home to their parents/carers on a nightly basis. Our main reading scheme is the Oxford University Press.
Regular 'Big Write' sessions regularly take place and the children are given the opportunity for independent extended writing.This is very successful in developing creativity and improving grammar skills.
Mathematics is a fundamental part of everyday life, an essential tool that all pupils need. Mathematical experiences help develop skills such as communication, evaluating and enquiry.
At Frithwood School, we recognise this importance and therefore provide our pupils with a wide range of mathematical experiences. We aim to provide a sense of enjoyment and curiosity as well as developing children’s creativity. Planning derives from the Early Years Framework (for Nursery and Reception) and the New National Curriculum which was implemented in September 2014.
We ensure that all needs and learning styles are catered for in our approach. Mathematics is taught through a daily lesson using both shared and independent activities, which allow the children to develop their fluency in arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving. Mental and oral work is used in every lesson to develop mathematical understanding and ICT is used as a tool for learning. Links are made to our everyday lives, to facilitate the pupils' understanding of how mathematics appears all around them
From a young age children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. Our aim is to build upon this, helping each child to develop scientific skills such as careful observation, investigation, recording and reflecting upon what they have learnt. Many of the science activities are very practical and enable the children to gain ‘hands on’ experience. Each class has a weekly Science lesson.
Our school is equipped with an ICT suite and a portable iPad trolley dedicated to the whole class teaching of ICT skills from Reception to Year 6.
The new Computing curriculum allows the children to work on 5 new threads in their weekly lessons: Programming, E-Safety, Handling Data, Multimedia and Real Life Technologies.
E- safety will be embedded into each terms work while the school will also undertake various activities during the annual safer internet day.In programming, the children will learn what an algorithm is - beginning with programming simple robots during EYFS to creating their own times table game at the end of KS2.
During our data handling threads, our pupils will sort, capture and present data using cameras, digital microscopes, sound recorders, pictograms, videos and spreadsheets.
Creating 'greenscreen' shorts, animations and short movies using digital content gathered in and out of class is a huge part of the multimedia thread. Furthermore, the children will continue to develop their keyboard skills helping them to communicate more effectively and efficiently.
Finally, in the real life technologies theme many aspects of both E-safety and Multimedia work with be incorporated. As well as these links, children will also use blogging websites and discover more about how the internet works and evaluate the content of the World Wide Web.
Ultimately, we are striving for our children to be digitally literate, creative, logical, safe and secure when using new and existing programmes and software.
In PE at Frithwood, children will take part in a multi-skill and multi ability programme of activities to develop their physical, social, cognitive, personal and creative abilities. They will also have the opportunity to experience games, athletics, dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming within the curriculum. In addition, there is a range of extra-curricular sports clubs provided and the school participates in a variety of borough wide sports leagues, tournaments and events.
SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
At Frithwood School we recognise that the personal and emotional development of the child is as important as academic success. Through SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) education we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour and a caring attitude to others.
Pupils’ spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential and an appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses. They develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to understand their own well-being.
Pupils’ moral development involves them understanding the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict. They develop a concern for others and are able to reflect on the consequences of their actions. They acquire the knowledge they need in order to make responsible and moral decisions.
Pupils’ social development involves them understanding their rights and responsibilities within different communities; school, family and the wider world. They display a sense of belonging and a willingness to participate with others. They develop the skills and understanding they need to make an active contribution, both locally and globally.
Pupils’ cultural development involves them acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and an ability to appreciate a variety of experiences. They respect their own and others’ culture and show curiosity about the differences. They develop skills and knowledge they need in order to appreciate and contribute to culture.
The History curriculum aims to bring history to life and give children a better understanding of times gone by. It is designed to enable the children to develop their knowledge of the people and events that have shaped the past, and therefore give them a better understanding of the present. Through classwork and fieldwork the children are given the opportunity to become historians, using their 'detective' skills to explore lives and worlds gone by as well as their own personal history.
The Geography curriculum aims to promote a curiosity and fascination about the world! It is designed to enable the children to develop their knowledge of location and their understanding of human and physical geography, by looking at their own locality as well as settlements in other parts of the world. Through classwork and fieldwork they also develop their ability to use geographical skills, including their use of map grids and references and their ability to measure and record geographical data.
History and Geography are taught through topic work, which is linked to the national curriculum. This ensures the continuity and progression of skills, while enabling the subjects to be brought to life.
At Frithwood Primary School, knowledge of foreign languages is celebrated and encouraged. Pupils are invited to share their knowledge with their peers.
In KS2 children are introduced to French using the Rigolo scheme of work during their weekly lessons. The scheme focuses on oracy, literacy and intercultural understanding. Children are introduced to groups of words or phrases by hearing them and seeing them written at the same time. Children are then encouraged to practise by repeating phrases in songs and role plays, then asked to demonstrate their knowledge through virtual, written or verbal activities. Topics covered include greetings, numbers, colours, days of the week, months of the year, animals, weather, clothes, parts of the body, directions, family members, French festivals and familiar stories. Children are introduced to dual-language dictionaries and French stories.
In addition, teachers are encouraged to use French in everyday situations such as calling the register, talking about the date and counting, which is good reinforcement of vocabulary learnt in lessons. The teaching of languages is taught through cross-curricular links with other topics.
We encourage children to appreciate all aspects of music; we aim to provide a sense of enjoyment and a positive attitude towards music. Children develop skills in singing and playing a variety of instruments. They compose music and perform to others within the classroom.
All children in Year 3 learn the recorder over the course of the year. In addition to this, from Year 3, children have the opportunity to be selected to play a musical instrument with an LEA peripatetic music teacher or learn guitar with the Rock and Pop Foundation. Children who play musical instruments will have the opportunity to play within school. We employ a specialist music teacher who works with a range of year groups.
There is a school choir that caters from Years 2 to 6. They have the opportunity to perform at a variety of events over the course of the year, both in and outside of school.
ART & DESIGN
We aim to give the children an enriched variety of experiences in art. We use a wide range of art materials for drawing, painting, printing, collage and three-dimensional works. Our scheme of work includes many aspects of art history and children study artists’ work from a variety of cultures.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
We aim to offer, through a variety of creative and practical activities, the opportunity for children to plan and design through research and development of their ideas; they will also make their designs using a wide range of materials and equipment. Children will learn to investigate and analyse a range of existing products and evaluate their work and the work of others. Cooking and Nutrition will play a role in the DT curriculum where children will learn where food comes from, the importance of a healthy and varied diet and will use a range of cooking techniques to prepare and cook healthy dishes.
We believe that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) promotes the development of healthy life styles. It promotes the emotional, social, moral, mental and physical development of our pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It encourages pupils to explore their rights and responsibilities. We also encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth.
Frithwood has implemented the SEAL programme (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 PSHE lessons. The units of work focus on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. These are explored through drama, games, discussions and stories. We teach PSHE in the Early Years and Foundation Stage as an integral part of the curriculum covered during the year.
Our daily assemblies are occasions when we meet together as a community for a period of sharing reflections and thoughts. They are also a time when we celebrate each other’s achievements.
We follow the Local Education Authority religious Education syllabus, which must have a predominantly Christian theme. However, we acknowledge the diversity of faiths that are represented in our school population. We celebrate all the major religions: Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.
We have developed strong links with a number of religious leaders in the community and regularly invite them to be as guest speakers at our assemblies.
In accordance with the 1944 Education Act any child can at parental request be withdrawn from religious worship/education in school.