A brief summary of our ‘Fairfield Curriculum’
We follow the National Curriculum for English. Books are sent home for children to share with parents. Parents are asked to read with their child for ten minutes as often as possible, as research shows that this is very valuable in developing a child’s reading skills. The emphasis is on enjoyment so that not just the skills but also the reading habit will be acquired. Writing, spelling and handwriting are taught as well as reading. The whole approach is very structured and progression is clearly identified.
Reading is taught using a range of progressive reading schemes and through the use of other books, both from schemes and personal choice.
The skills of writing, listening and speaking are developed through programmes of study, which include drama, poetry and stories.
Phonics is taught systematically. We follow the national ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme of study and include elements of a range of phonics resources to support this. The children are encouraged to use dictionaries from an early age and to redraft work so that they always aim for high standards.
There is much practical learning of concepts whilst also placing an emphasis on learning the basic skills of computation. Aspects of maths are explored through topic work and mental and oral work.
Science is taught in as real and practical a way as possible. The children learn through experience, investigation and experimentation. The school has a wide range of equipment to assist in presenting the National Curriculum in a stimulating and meaningful way.
Design and Technology
The children follow the programmes of study of the National Curriculum, experiencing designing and making using a variety of media. Children are encouraged to develop the skills of planning, making and evaluating. We also include elements of cooking/food technology into our curriculum.
Games, gymnastics, movement and dance all form part of the school curriculum. The skills required for most games are taught and practised with extra-curricular activities offering children further opportunities. A range of sporting events takes place during the school year. These include a cricket and rugby tournament, dance, hockey and tennis events.
Forest School / Outdoor Learning / Environmental Studies
Our school has a Forest School area within our grounds, including a pond, which is specifically designed to be used as a learning resource. We aim to create an awareness of the need to care for the environment both locally and globally whilst giving the children basic knowledge and skills in using simple tools.
History and Geography
Projects in these subjects form the basis of much of the work done in school. The aim, while following National Curriculum studies, is to relate these subjects as closely as possible to the pupils’ lives and help them towards a sense of identity by learning about their own country in relation to the rest of the world.
Personal, Social and Health Education, and Citizenship
The school follows a national programme that aims to teach the children about, their emotions, their relationships, rights and responsibilities.
All classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards. All have Internet access. We have enough laptops and iPads for each child in a class to use at the same time. Computing skills are taught in designated lessons and are also incorporated into other curriculum areas. In the early years children use iPads as a learning tool. The teaching of ‘code’ has developed throughout the school.
The children have very wide opportunities in both the aesthetic and technical sides of this sphere of the curriculum. They are able to experience a wide variety of materials including paint, clay, textiles, and wood. Close observation is encouraged through drawing.
Singing is an established part of most days. The school has a wide variety of musical instruments, which help to develop a sense of rhythm and are used as part of the music curriculum. We collaborate with various organisations in order to enhance and enrich our delivery of our music curriculum. In addition children have the opportunity to represent school in the choir and to learn the piano and/or flute via outside music teachers.
Religious Education in the classroom is in accordance with the County Agreed Syllabus and is also integrated with other lessons. Pupils are encouraged to develop an understanding of each faith which they study and recognise its distinctive features while, at the same time, identifying areas and practices which are shared by each religion. Any parents who do not wish their child to receive religious education should see the Headteacher.
Every day there is an assembly of the whole school. Visitors often lead assemblies and the school takes part in at least one termly Church Service at our local Church. Any parents who do not wish their child to take part in collective worship should inform the Headteacher. A variety of methods, including stories, pictures, videos, books and visits, are used to stimulate children’s interest and understanding.
Further curriculum information can be found in each of the Class Page's:
English Review (Including Phonics)