Folkestone Academy Primary Curriculum Statement
Our curriculum organisation is designed to cater to the needs and interests of a full range of learners including those with special educational needs, those learning English as an additional language, children who are in care and learners with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Our curriculum focuses on the importance of knowledge and is designed in progressive steps to ensure that children receive a well-rounded understanding of each subject.
At Folkestone Academy Primary we are proud to offer a wide and varied knowledge based curriculum, which challenges, inspires and stimulates children to become curious, autonomous learners. Our curriculum focuses on the importance of knowledge and is designed in progressive steps to ensure that children receive a well-rounded understanding of each subject. We offer a broad and balanced approach that values the importance of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, but also allows children to gain a strong foundation in History, Geography, RE and Science.
We aim to excite and engage our children through a wide range of resources, giving them a number of different learning experiences both within the classroom and through trips and extra-curricular activities. We try to link these to the local area, embracing local History, Geography and culture to give children experiences outside of the classroom that enrich their learning and make it relevant to their context.
Children come to our school to experience being successful learners and through our curriculum provision, we aim to:
- Promote and sustain a desire for knowledge and a love of learning
- Ensure each child is secure in Reading and Writing, equipped with the skills they need for future study
- Promote the importance of problem solving and reasoning skills, underpinned by a secure foundation of basic number concepts
- Promote inclusion, diversity, tolerance and community
- Ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the subject disciplines
- Engage with new technology and have a secure base of computing skills
- Encourage children to work independently and become autonomous learners
- Develop emotional intelligence and resilience to ensure children are strong in themselves and are able to bring strength to others
- Raise aspirations, ensuring that each child realises their full potential
- Have high expectations for all, with children achieving a high standards across a variety of subjects
At Folkestone Academy Primary we embrace a pedagogy of knowledge based learning; an approach which expects all children to reach or exceed national expectations, to fulfil their potential and develop as well-rounded individuals. High expectations of progress apply equally to children working above, at or below age-related expectations, including those who have been identified as having special educational needs. Teaching and learning is characterised by ambitious objectives, targeted intervention to keep pupils on track and rigorous assessment to maintain pupil progress.
Quality first teaching is a priority in ensuring all children are successful as learners within our school. Expert teaching focuses on planning, retrieval practice, modelling, explanations, classroom management, questioning and feedback. It has high demands in terms of children’s engagement in learning and requires passionate teachers, expert in what they are teaching.
We measure the impact of our curriculum with regular formative assessments, as well as the end of key stage tests which allow us to compare ourselves against other schools nationally. These include:
- EYFS % of pupils achieving a ‘good level of development’ (GLD)
- Phonics Screening Checks at the end of Year 1
- End of KS1 % of children ‘working towards’ or at the ‘expected standard’ and at ‘greater depth’ in reading, writing and maths
- End of KS2 % of children ‘working towards’ or at the ‘expected standard’ and at ‘greater depth’ in reading, writing and maths
We have an ethos of “high expectations for all” both academically, but also in terms of their personal development. This means that we will be measuring how effectively our curriculum helps our pupils develop into well-rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens.
Please click on the link below to read an overview of our curriculum content: