The Curriculum at Forest Glade
This section of the school website contains information about our school curriculum.
We cover three Phases:
- Foundation Stage for children aged 3 to 4 years (Nursery) and aged 4 to 5 years (FS2).
- Key Stage 1 for children aged 5 to 7 years in year 1 and 2 classes
- Key Stage 2 for children aged 7 to 11 years in year 3, 4, 5,and 6 classes
Pupils are given a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to achieve in their thinking and support them to learn the skills that help them to be independent learners.
The curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development giving clear guidance about right and wrong, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures and how these influence both our own and other individuals and societies. Children are also encouraged to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping safe. The school curriculum generates values that stay with our pupils hopefully longer than just their life at Forest Glade.
Equal opportunities are important and promoted to enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping. It helps to develop their awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which they live. Its presence in the curriculum is to secure their commitment to sustainable development at a personal, local, national and global level. Equally pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well being is a very important element and helps them to form strong and worthwhile relationships, respecting themselves as well as others in all their environments.
The subjects studied are:
• Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
• Foundation subjects: Art and Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education (PE), Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE)
In addition all children must study religious education unless they have been withdrawn from lessons by their parents. Parents wishing to withdraw pupils from acts of worship and religious education are asked to contact the Head of School.
We recognise the importance of both developing key skills in reading, writing and number as well as matching our curriculum to the needs and interests of our learners. Our curriculum incorporates opportunities for off site visits, residential visits, music, art and sport in addition to ensuring that all areas of Numeracy and Literacy are covered.
Our curriculum has been designed to meet three main barriers to learning:
- While many of our children are given a series of rich and varied life experiences, we know this is not the case for all of them. Many children can develop a narrow, limited world view which can lead to a lack of aspiration.
- Many of our children do not read for pleasure or demonstrate a love of books. We constantly have to prompt, reward and encourage some of the children to read – especially to read at home.
- Some children enter the school with limited social skills and a lack of empathy/emotional awareness. Throughout the school, some of the children may experience friendship issues and do not always know how to resolve disputes or foster positive relationships.
At Forest Glade Primary the curriculum has been designed to address these barriers. Our curriculum should:
- provide children with a series of memorable experiences to expand their world view and inspire an interest in learning;
- celebrate and promote reading and a love of books;
- promote children’s social, moral and emotional growth, alongside fulfilling their academic potential.
We begin every topic or unit of work with a memorable ‘wow moment’ – something to inspire and enthuse the children. Subsequent learning is driven by the enthusiasm generated from this starting point. Every topic is also supported by a high-quality text. Throughout each topic, the children read, listen to and engage with the text, and much of their work is linked to the text too. Alongside each topic, there is a programme of activities focussing on the children’s personal, moral and emotional development. We also use books to support the personal development programme across the school. We use learning powers to promote positive attitudes and behaviours and we promote British values throughout the curriculum. Reading, and books in general, should be at the heart of our curriculum.
On our class pages you will find a copy of an overview of the different topics covered across the school. Please take a look!