At Fremington Primary and Nursery school we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced, relevant and inspiring. We believe that the curriculum should meet the needs of all children in our school through equality of access for all. As a school we follow the new National Curriculum, which is enriched further with wider learning experiences. We want to challenge, stimulate and inspire our children to promote thinking and a love of learning, not just in our school, but for life.
The Aims of Our Curriculum:
- Promote high standards in reading, writing and maths.
- For every pupil to make progress and learn.
- Develop children’s learning socially, emotionally, personally and spiritually.
- Enable children to develop questioning minds in science and across the curriculum, and become knowledgeable about the world in which they live.
- To be able to use computing and technology as learning tools, and how to do this safely.
- To promote healthy mental and physical development and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
- To enable children to be aware of and participate in the arts and related cultural themes.
- To enable moral sensibilities through teaching of human and British values.
- To prepare pupils for the responsibility of secondary education and adult life.
- To gain knowledge and understanding of the world, religions and other cultures.
The curriculum is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It promotes an enjoyment of learning through rich and varied activities.
Through our curriculum we want ALL pupils to be able to:
- Make the best possible progress and reach the highest attainment
- Make connections across different areas of learning
- Think creatively and solve problems with resilience
- Develop children’s capacity to work both independently and collaboratively
- Respond with vigour to opportunities, challenge and responsibility
- Acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding
The Organisation of the Curriculum
The curriculum is taught through different subjects: English, Maths, Guided reading, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Design Technology, and PE and Games. Where possible we teach these subjects under the umbrella of a topic or theme where links are made between different aspects of learning.
Teachers produce termly curriculum maps for parents which detail learning in the different areas through the term. Teachers produce weekly plans which respond to the needs of the children in the class. Marking, feedback, assessment for learning and self-assessment help to inform teachers’ planning. Children are taught in mixed age classes, where children are challenged at the appropriate level.
Children are sometimes given small group support from a teacher or learning support assistant to enable them to ‘catch up’ to their peers or supporting them with a specific learning need.
We use the National Curriculum as the framework for lesson planning and assessment - we seek for all children to meet the key objectives for their year groups and become secure in being able to apply learning independently in a range of context.
English has such a prominent place in education and society. At Fremington we provide a high quality, stimulating and fun environment in which all children can succeed.
At Fremington, we not only teach the fundamental skills of reading but also nurture the reading attitiudes and behaviour with the aim that all children read for pleasure. Reading is a partnership and we value all the parental support children receive.
The teaching of writing is delivered in a creative, stimulating and cross-curricular way, linked with the topic. Children are taught through a writing process where they are introduced to a high quality text, which includes the writing skills we would like to teach them. Talk for writing plays a vital role in developing children’s writing at our school. Children are provided with many opportunities to use a range of drama techniques and opportunities to orally share their writing.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected subject. It is essential to everyday life and having a high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world. To develop understanding in Maths, it is necessary to make connections. We teach this by ensuring children understand the connection between symbols, language, images/pictures and context. Our framework is built around the four themes of Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning and Geometric Reasoning which are all inter-connected. At Fremington Primary, we aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; can reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their knowledge to a variety of contexts. Using the Growth Mindset ethos we promote resilience, perseverance and determination to ensure that all children develop the confidence to succeed.
Science in our school seeks to develop children's natural curiosity about the world around through developing questioning and investigative skills. Our science lessons seek to engage the children in practical learning, alongside developing their skills of logic, evaluation and scientific knowledge. In Key Stage One children focus on plants and animals, including humans, everyday materials, seasonal changes and living things and their habitats. Lessons focus on helping the children understand the world around them and observing changes, being able to group and classify things. In lower Key Stage Two we seek to broaden children's view of the world around them looking at plants and animals (including humans), rocks, light, forces and magnets, living things and their habitats, states of matter, electricity and sound. Through upper Key Stage Two we develop pupils' understanding of a wide range of ideas and encourage them to develop further their systematic and evaluative thinking through a range of scientific enquiries. Areas covered included living things and their habitats, animals including humans, forces, evolution and inhertitance, light and electricity.
Art & Design
In Art and Design we seek to develop children's own creativity, alongside developing their own appreciation for art and design. We seek to inspire children through the art curriculum and help them to develop a range of skills in using a range of media such as clay, textiles, painting and pastel work. We encourage children to be evaluative and develop their ideas. In each year the children will study the work of a renowned artist or designer to inspire them in their own creativity.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Within our computing curriculum all children will become confident using simple programmes on a desktop computer. They will learn about programming simple toys as well as creating their own interactive games through programes such as Kodu. The children will have constant access to everyday technology and explore how technology is used in the world around them.
The curriculum has three parts:
- Digital Literacy - Digital Literacy is the ability to use computer systems confidently and effectively, including basic mouse skills, simple 'office' applications and using the internet.
- Information Technology - Information Technology is the use of everyday items such as cameras or video recorders and using programmes such as Paint or PowerPoint.
- Computer Science - Computer Science covers the aspect of coding. Children will be expected to know what algorithms are as well as create, programme and de bug using programmes such as Scratch and Kodu.
Computing is very much a cross curricular subject, with plenty of opportunites to explore their new skills in all other subject areas.
Please see our eSafety page for information on this aspect of the Computing curriculum.
Design & Technology
In our school we use Design and Technology sessions to put in context learning in many other areas such as science, art, maths and computing. We enjoy giving children practical opportunities to use the design process from conception through development to evalution of an end product. In addition we also teach cookery in each class, looking especially at healthy eating and linking to nutrition in science sessions.
In Geography, we aim to encourage children’s interest in local and world geography and develop a sense of wonder of the world around them. In the Foundation Stage, this is addressed through topic work and is called ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. In Key Stage One and Two, work focuses on Geographical questions and covers four main areas:
- Locational knowledge - For example using atlases and maps to name and locate continents and oceans.
- Place Knowledge - The study of local places such as Torrington and Fremington Quay and global places such as regions of Italy and Brazil.
- Human and physical geography - For example, learning about weather and seasons, mountains and volcanoes, and types of settlement.
- Geographical skills and fieldwork - Using compass directions, aerial photographs and a range of maps and atlases as well as observing, measuring and recording features encountered on fieldtrips.
In History we hope the children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
We believe History should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
Skills taught in History lessons should equip our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
During KS1 the children will cover a range of areas that include: significant events in the local area, comparing lives of significant people, and pupils’ own history, as well as an event beyond living memory.
During KS2 pupils will cover a wide range of topics that include ancient civilisations, local history studies and many aspects of British history.
Our children following the Niveau Blanc languages scheme and learn basic French through short sessions. We also have a visiting French teacher from our Local Secondary School which is a specilaist languages college. We seek not only to give children a basic level of French, but also to immerse them in French culture and tradition as a contrast to our own.
The children at Fremington School love to sing and have the opportunity every week in the whole school singing assembly. All children from Reception to Year 6 are also welcome to join the school choir. The school choir comes into its own during the run up to Christmas. Children take part in the Christmas Carol Concert as well as performing at the Fremington Christmas lights switch-on and for the residents at Fremington Manor.
Planning for Music lessons across the school includes opportunities for children to listen and appraise, take part in musical activities including games, sing, play instruments, improvise and compose. Children are also given opportunities to perform and share.
We are looking forward to more fun-filled challenges of physical activity and competition this year!
We are starting the Autumn Term off with a multi-sports event for the Yr. 3 children at Pilton Community College. This will be followed by a competition at Tarka tennis, where we have the opportunity to enter several teams into the tournament. Closer to Christmas the Yr. 1 pupils will attend a ‘Multi-Sports Festival’ at Pilton.
Our ‘Gifted and Talented’ Yr. 6 sports pupils will have the opportunity to participate in range of high-level sporting activities, as part of the Rising Stars programme. This begins at the Tarka Centre for a morning in the gymnasium followed by tennis in the afternoon. In the Spring Term, they will travel to Ilfracombe to take part in a basketball session with a top coach. Finally they will attend an aspirational trip to Bath University, to experience the Olympic training facilities and see the range of training possibilities open to the country’s most promising athletes.
In the spring term Yr. 2 pupils and Yr. 4 pupils will attend a tennis festival at Tarka. We are hoping our newly re-formed netball team will enjoy more success in the High 5 Netball Tournament. There will also be the Dance Festival – in its new format, for our KS2 pupils.
Following the success of last year’s Swimming Gala, we are looking forward to holding our second swimming gala later in the year for all pupils and we hope to create a ‘swimming team’ from that and hold a competition against another local school.
In the Summer Term there will be a wide variety of events including the Tag Rugby festival, tennis tournaments, cricket competitions, Ocean Fest, Olympic Legacy Relays and of course our Sports Day.
We will keep you posted throughout the year with the results of our achievements and participation!
R.E is taught across the whole school using a mix of discreet lessons and cross curricular planning through PSHE, art, history or geography. Our aim is to provide children with an understanding of what religion is about, the important role it plays in the lives of many people throughout the world and how in turn that is expressed in their daily lives.
We encourage children to find out about religions and develop an understanding and tolerance of people who hold a strong faith, and the role religion has played in history.
In school we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education is vital in giving the children the tools they need for successful lifelong learning both academically and socially. Alongside PSHE lessons in class, children who need extra support can also access a wide range of interventions to help their emotional development and self esteem. We have several members of staff trained at Thrive practitioners (a County wide programme to support children with emotional needs) who work both individually and with groups of children, we have forest schools sessions, we run 'relax kids' intervetions and even have a 'princess club'.