At Fatfield Primary School, we not only teach the essentials of the National Curriculum, but we branch out beyond this to explore areas of learning through our bespoke Learning Challenge Curriculum. The children’s learning is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in the child’s work resulting in a more vibrant and exciting learning experience. Each half term we have a ‘BIG Question’. This is introduced to the children through an exciting ‘WOW’ activity which immediately engages them with the topic. The children then generate the questions that they would like to explore over the half term which the clss teacher uses to plan the topic. Each half term we create video diaries to showcase our learning which are published on our website.
In order to enhance and personalise the curriculum we use additional resources for English and Maths. Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 has access to personal programmes set up by their class teacher to further develop their learning whether at school or at home!
The English curriculum is supported by ‘Bug Club’, a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Each child has a personalised homepage where they’ll find the eBooks they’ve been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. The online reading world ensures children can access independent reading resources anywhere at any time.
Bug Club books are graded into colour-coded Book Band levels, and within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunity to develop their reading skills and master each fine step while moving through the reading programme. Reading at home is one of the most important things you can do to support your child. Bug Club offers advice about how to help with your child’s reading at home.
Additionally, in English, we plan all lessons around a Quality Text. Our children love this approach as it gives them a real purpose for writing. Where possible, these will also match our big topic for the half term.
In Maths, we follow the National Curriculum to plan our lessons. We deliver lessons following a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) method. This ensures that all children are able to access the objectives for their year group and develop a thorough understanding of what they are learning. To further build our children’s skills, confidence and fluency in maths; we use an interactive, online teaching tool called ‘Mathletics’. This enriches parental and pupil engagement by providing a link between school and home, with access available for parents to review their child’s progress.