At The Ferns Primary Academy we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all children to ‘be the best they can be’. The English and mathematics curriculum follows ‘mastery principles’: ensuring children have opportunities to embed learning before moving onto the next topic. The curriculum is inclusive and imaginative : stimulating young minds as well as preparing them for the modern world.
Literature lies at the heart of the school’s English curriculum: the children read both contemporary and classical British authors as well as literature from around the world. We foster a love of reading and provide our pupils with rich texts and a vibrant environment. The termly plan is split into units of work – enabling children to master a writing style before moving on.
Below, you will find our English Curriculum Plans.
There is a termly plan for each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. Each term is split into twelve weeks. As part of each overview, a significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This ensures students build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Students who are successful with number are much more confident mathematicians.
At The Ferns Primary Academy, we make a promise to immerse our children in the arts. Children from Reception to year 5 learn to sing and play musical instruments throughout the year. To fulfil this promise we work very closely with the music service. We have specialist teachers teaching our children to sing, play recorder, violin, brass, ukulele. When children reach year 6 they have then experienced a number of musical instruments and can then choose an instrument that they would like to take further.
At the end of each term the children play their instruments to an audience. At the end of the year there is an opportunity to perform in whole school music performance.
Early years/ Year 1
In Reception and Year 1 the children participate in vocal training.
In year 2 children learn to play the violin.( Autumn & Spring Term)
In year 3 children learn to play the Guitar ( Summer Term)
In year 4 children learn to play Recorder & clarinet ( Autumn & Spring Term)
In year 5 children learn to play the African Drums ( Summer Term)
We have lots of opportunities to try many different sports and learn to master new skills. A variety of after school sports clubs perfectly compliment our already exciting PE curriculum.
Here at The Ferns we regularly timetable PE lessons covering a broad range of sports. Children are given the opportunity to try many different sports and learn to master new skills. PE is taught by specailst coaches over the course of the year. A variety of after school sports clubs perfectly compliment our already exciting PE curriculum.
We believe that P.E. should adopt and develop positive attitudes towards sharing, co-operation and competition in active situations. It enhances pupils, self-confidence and self-esteem through a wide range of movement experience.
Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit diverse types of creative, competitive, cooperative and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their aptitudes and abilities, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
We consider good sportsmanship to be at heart of school sport.
PE in Early years and Key Stage One
In KS1 and early years we take a multi-skills based approach to PE, in which children learn a multitude of skills through fun games and exercises. This aims to provide them with a solid base from which they can further develop their talents in specific sports as they move forward.
The key areas of study are:
Balance, Travelling, Agility, Ball Skills, Music (dance) and Teamwork.
PE in Key Stage Two
In KS2 we take the skills learnt by the children in school so far and put them into a sports context. We allow the children to try a huge variety of different traditional sports as well as some less well known sports!
Years 3 and 4 are also learning to swim for the full academic year to allow them to develop an essential life skill.
The key areas of study are:
Gymnastics, Dance, Invasion games, Net and Wall games, Striking and Fielding games, Athletics, Swimming and Outdoor/Adventurous Activities.
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.
The foundation subjects are taught discretely and through topics, this ensures children become skilled in Science, Computing and the foundation subjects. The school is committed to developing an appreciation of visual and performance art alongside inspiring the next generation of historians and geographers. Throughout the curriculum British values of: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are interwoven.
We promote high level thinking and use cooperative learning strategies to promote collaboration. This is complimented by a bespoke music program where every child in our school has the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
These documents are supplementary materials that have been developed to support the implementation of the Bolton Agreed Syllabus for RE. These planning support materials are non–statutory and designed to be used flexibly.It is hoped they will support improvements in teaching and learning in Primary RE.
At The Ferns we are aware that children need to be able to participate effectively in a digital world. For the majority of us computers are part of our every-day life and in many ways essential to our work and home life.
Children at The Ferns experience an exciting and rigorous curriculum that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world we live in. Computing is concerned not only with how computers and computer systems work but how they are designed and programmed. The children will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds which provides insights into many areas of the curriculum.
In Key Stage 1 children will be taught to understand how algorithms are implemented as programs on digital devices. They will create and debug their own simple programmes using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. We will teach them to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. Children will be taught to use these technologies safely and respectfully, ensuring their personal information is kept private but also who to contact if they are concerned about content on the internet or other online technologies.
In addition Key Stage 2 children will be taught to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information; also using logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors. They will be taught to understand computer networks including the internet and how they provide multiple services. In addition we will cover the safe, respectful and responsible use of technology and how to recognise unacceptable behaviour whilst exploring a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Further information on the academy’s curriculum can be found by contacting Mrs Danielle Broadbent on 01204 471 277.