Curriculum

Curriculum

An exciting curriculum

The Fosse Bank curriculum is based on the National Curriculum but broadened to make it appropriate for the pupils we have. We also add subjects that we consider important including Forest School, Current Affairs,  French, Latin and, from Year 4,  preparation for senior school exams.  There is a strong and structured education in Mathematics and English with individual children catered for in the planning and delivery of lessons.  Pupils also learn History, Geography, Science, Computing, French, PE,Art, Music and Drama.The youngest children learn phonics from Kindergarten and from Reception to Year 3 with the Read Write, Ink scheme that ensures a thorough grounding in phonics for reading and writing.

Most subjects are taught by the class teacher but with specialist teaching for French, Physical Education, including swimming, and music, which is a strength of the school.  All Year 2 children learn to play the recorder and Year 3 learn to play the violin as part of the curriculum.(instruments provided)

Individual music lessons are given on a range of instruments.

Kindergarten and Reception pupils cover all the elements of the government Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  Kindergarten begin Phonics, French and swimming when they are three years old.

The formal curriculum is, however, only half the story. The choice of clubs that run at lunch time and after school are are largely chosen by the children.  Some are perennial and some change each term. These add to the range of experiences that we want pupils to engage with.

Trips such as visits to theatres,  the National Gallery to find ‘their picture’, to outdoor centres including Howletts Zoo, and trips where they are immersed in historical times.  These are the activities that will excite, enthuse and lead children to discover their individual talents and aspirations.

 

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Fosse Bank School

French

At Fosse Bank School children start learning French as soon as they enter Kindergarten – the earlier the better!

We strongly believe in learning through having fun! Children in Kindergarten and Reception learn to speak confidently and have a good understanding of spoken French using games, puppets, songs and stories. Children from Year 1 upwards start using the interactive whiteboard programme we subscribe to called Language Angels, where they are gradually introduced to the 5 key language skills necessary for learning French: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar.

By the time they leave Fosse Bank School, they should have a strong foundation of knowledge of French for secondary school and have become passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities. They will know how a language works and have explored similarities and differences between English and French and strengthened their sense of identity through learning about other cultures and comparing it with their own.

“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” Roger Bacon

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English

From ISI in 2021 ‘Pupils demonstrate good speaking and listening skills. They leave school able to write fluently using age-appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation. There is a culture of literacy within the school.’
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The pupils participate confidently in presentations, assemblies and class discussions appreciating different viewpoints and encouraging others to speak and contribute.

From Kindergarten the children learn through a phonics scheme called Read, Write, Inc. In small groups these daily lessons enable every child to read and write early in their education, opening doors to every academic subject. That the children are confident and articulate is no accident, many opportunities are given for children to practise these skills, in class, to larger audiences. The annual Poetry Recital where every child from Reception to Year 6 recites a poem from memory to the school and parents is always a wonderful occasion. As for drama, the annual school play was not able to be performed indoors last year due to Covid,  Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies was held in the Dingly Dell, a natural amphitheatre in the woods which was an outstanding success.

Each week comprehension, grammar, spelling and creative writing are taught, and children learn to edit their own and others’ work, something that helps them be reflective about their writing and constantly improve.

Reading is, of course, how children gain vocabulary and writing skills. The often used DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)  is very popular.  An annual Nearly Sleepover in Book Week involves pupils returning to school in the evening in PJs and armed with duvets and books to share.

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Religious Education

The object of this subject is twofold.  Firstly it is about discussing the big questions about life in an age-appropriate way.  Secondly, pupils  benefit from a religious education where they learn about different faiths whilst also reflecting on their own beliefs.

RE lessons follow the RE Today scheme of work, where each unit of work engages pupils in systematic enquiry of the significant human questions which religions and world views address. This approach enables children to develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and contemplate various responses to these questions, as well as forming responses of their own.

Pupils also have opportunities to learn about and celebrate festivals from other faiths, such as Diwali and Hannukah, involving Fosse families from the relevant religions where possible. Learning is often of a practical nature, involving children in dressing up or making models of religeous artifacts for example. Visitors from different faiths are welcomed and visits are made to places of worship.

We are a non-denominational school with a Christian ethos and we therefore celebrate the main Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Pupils enrich their learning of these with visits to our local Parish Church, where they are often involved in practical activities, such as pancake racing!

I like lessons where we debate how we really feel about things, like refugees or being fair to other people

Y6 child

PSHCE

PSHCE, which is closely intertwined with SMSC, covers a range of practices including social skills, British Values, emotional intelligence, morals, health, spiritual and cultural education, as well as citizenship. These help give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

We encourage the children to take part in a wide variety of activities and experiences, across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to their school and communities where they can. In doing so, they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.

Our school’s Aims and Ethos ensure that children are taught the traditional values of respect, consideration, politeness and kindness for each other and adults. With this and with Growth Mindset and Mindfulness practices being a large part of how we teach, our pupils describe themselves as happy and they have good levels of self-esteem, allowing them to challenge themselves and persevere, in order to reach their potential.  We use Zones of Requirement to help pupils think about their mental health at times throughout the day.

The relationships and sex education (RSE) framework adds another aspect to learning and this year we have embraced equality as an important and topical theme from Kindergarten right through the school.

Our assemblies are used to tackle many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Children learn to understand and respect our humanity, diversity and differences, so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships – an essential part of life and learning.

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