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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School Learning for Life

Curriculum

The curriculum in its widest sense is everything going on in the school – from playtime to staff modelling effective communication to lessons: every activity provides opportunities for learning.

We think of the subject content of the curriculum in five areas:

The first two comprise our ‘core offer’:

Personal and Physical Development

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
  • (Under this heading we include: Values, Learning to Learn, Behaviour, Collective Worship, Leadership & Responsibility)
  • PE and Sport

Basic Skills

  • Spoken language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths

The remaining three represent the broader curriculum:

Arts

  • Dance
  • Digital arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Art

Environment, Science & Technology

  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Environment & Outdoor learning
  • Science
  • Sustainability

People and Places

  • French
  • Geography
  • Global Learning
  • History
  • RE

The core offer is taught through much of the broader curriculum.

Specialisation

Within each of the three broader areas, we have chosen an aspect to develop and specialise:

Arts – Music

Environment, Science and Technology – Outdoor learning

People and Places – International and Global learning

Themed learning

We teach through themes wherever possible to help the children make links and connect their learning.  Themes in Reception last for half a term.  Themes in all the other year groups last for a term.

View the curriculum themes here

The themes are organised in a 2-year cycle.  This gives opportunities for pairs of classes to work together on the same theme:  Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.  As we are a one-form entry school, teachers and pupils alike appreciate these opportunities for collaboration.

Curriculum weeks

Curriculum weeks are one of our favourite things and provide many memorable experiences.

Each term, we organise a week to develop a particular aspect of learning. We come off our normal timetables for the week and include even more cross-curricular work, lots of practical activities and visits from specialists.

Past curriculum weeks have included a Film week, complete with Oscar ceremony, and an International Week where all the classes had to pass through the airport.  We even had our local vicar and curate on the checking in desks!

Our recent curriculum weeks have included:

Summer 2015 – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Spring 2015 - Helping Hands – we raised over £1000 for three charities

Autumn 2014 – Drama week – based around visiting performances by the Young Shakespeare Company and Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Charging and remissions policy

The School Governors have elected to adopt the County Policy on Charges and Remissions.  In summary the arrangements are, with certain exceptions, that no charges can be made for activities taken up during the normal school day.  The exceptions are individual music tuition and payment for finished products, such as clay models or cooking.

In order to continue to provide a variety of experiences for children, parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution.  Children whose parents decline or are unable to make a voluntary contribution are never excluded from the related activity.  In cases such as families on income support, charges may be reduced.  If you are concerned, please contact the Headteacher confidentially.  Financially it would be impossible for the school to pay for every child and in the event of insufficient funds being collected the visit/activity would be cancelled.