We have chosen to have a strong emphasis on P.S.H.E.(Personal, Social, Health Education) in order to help our children develop an understanding of how to form good relationships and how to understand what is going on in the world around them. We want them to develop skills for life which includes: Teamwork, friendships, manners and a confidence to be able to handle themselves in a variety of situations; to know how to keep safe and to have a strong sense of self worth. We also explicitly teach the children how they actually learn so they can use these skills later on. In addition we ensure the children have regular opportunities to learn about environmental issues and their effect on the wider world. 

Following our study of the Finnish education system, last year we experimented with each child choosing their own topic to study for one week each term. They had to present their work at the end of the week to each other and their class. This was extremely successful and we will continue to build on this during the year ahead. 

Every pupil follows five core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Information Technology and Religious Education.  The other foundation subjects of P.S.H.E., History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education are taught to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

From September 2014 a new National Curriculum has been implemented in all schools. We have a Long Term Plan which shows how we aim to ensure coverage of the curriculum over a two/four year rolling program, however, the topics we teach will alter according to the children’s interests. Please see our termly plans below as well as the children’s ideas for the academic year ahead. 

Ks1 Long Term Plan

Ks2 Long Term Plan

Term By Term Year Planner

Ideas for 2018/2019

Here is a flavour of the topics the children have chosen: History of Technology, Horses, Sea Life, Napoleonic Wars, Natural Disasters, The History of Sweets, Contortionists.

English

We follow the National Literacy Framework, which we adapt to suit our school and mixed age classes. This provides a detailed framework of learning objectives in all aspects of reading and writing. There is an emphasis on very direct teaching of literacy skills, firmly grounded in the use of a wide variety of books and texts.

In Foundation Stage the children develop skills in early reading and writing, fostering a love of books and creative writing. We value the partnership with parents and strongly encourage their involvement in the reading process. As the children progress through school, we build on these skills and enthusiasms. Our aim is that pupils become fluent and expressive readers, confident speakers, listeners and independent writers.
In Key Stage 1 we teach phonics through “Jolly Phonics” and “Letters and Sounds.” We use the “Oxford Reading Tree” scheme to teach children to read which we supplement with a variety of other books.

Mathematics

We follow the National Literacy Framework, which we adapt to suit our school and mixed age classes. This provides a detailed framework of learning objectives in all aspects of reading and writing. There is an emphasis on very direct teaching of literacy skills, firmly grounded in the use of a wide variety of books and texts.

In Foundation Stage the children develop skills in early reading and writing, fostering a love of books and creative writing. We value the partnership with parents and strongly encourage their involvement in the reading process. As the children progress through school, we build on these skills and enthusiasms. Our aim is that pupils become fluent and expressive readers, confident speakers, listeners and independent writers.

In Key Stage 1 we teach phonics through “Jolly Phonics” and “Letters and Sounds.” We use the “Oxford Reading Tree” scheme to teach children to read which we supplement with a variety of other books.

Science

In science we aim to engage children’s natural curiosity and teach them the skills of scientific enquiry and investigation. Teaching is based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study, which covers life processes and living things, materials and physical processes.

Our aim is for the children to become independent investigators, capable of applying their scientific knowledge in a variety of situations.

Physical Education

The aim of our teaching of, and learning about, PE and Sport at Fairburn School is fundamentally to ensure every child enjoys being active. We aim to embed a culture where all children can progress and develop in all personal, social, cognitive and physical aspects of Sport.

We follow the New National Curriculum aims from 2014 which are that:

  • Competent pupils able to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Pupils have the ability to be physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • Pupils to be able to engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • Pupils to be supported to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

PE Lessons

Children in both classes have two hours of PE per week. A variety of sports are taught including swimming, football, rugby, netball, rounders and athletics. We also believe it is important that children have a range of sporting experiences and we respond to the children’s requests where possible. As a result we have had lessons in fencing, archery, street dance and climbing. Lessons are taught by both staff and specialist PE teachers. 

Competitions

We are part of the Carlton Sports Partnership Cluster which enables us to have the opportunity to take part in a range of level 2 and level 3 competitions with other local schools throughout the year.

After School Clubs

We provide after school sports clubs where possible and in response to children’s requests. Children who attend our Breakfast Club are encouraged to take part in daily sports activities as the club is run by a qualified Gymnastics coach. Similarly, one of our After School Club colleagues is a qualified football coach so again, children are supported to be as active as possible.

Celebrating Success

Celebrating children’s successes in sport is an integral part of our school day. We do this by mentions in assembly time, our school trophy cabinet and our sports star award board in the school corridor.

How did we spend our PE grant 2016/2017?

Fairburn Pe Evidence Of Impact Document



Foundation Subjects

Other curriculum areas are based on the National Curriculum, and taught through cross-curricular themes. This is to ensure that we provide an integrated curriculum, which is relevant to the children’s life experiences. The key skills of communication, application of number, ICT, problem solving, working with others and learning individually are a part of teaching and learning in all subjects.

Religious education and collective worship

We teach the North Yorkshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education. As a community school we study all major world religions encouraging the children to be tolerant, responsible and reflective towards the beliefs of others.

Information and Communications Technology

As technology is an important part of daily life we aim to equip the children with the skills to collect, process and present information and data in a variety of forms. We believe children should use ICT across the curriculum to communicate, solve problems and control situations.

All children have full access to a computer at all times as well as interactive whiteboard, digital cameras, ipads, PSP (PlayStation Portable) and digital microscope. There are four computers in Class One and six in Class Two. Internet access is available in both classes and is controlled by North Yorkshire County Council ICT services.

Foreign languages

Children in our Key Stage Two class have regular French lessons following a teaching approach where there is a mixture of short, discrete French lessons as well as being integrated into other subjects and areas of school life.

Swimming

This happens in six week blocks. We request a contribution towards the hire of the pool, swimming tuition and transport costs, although this is minimal as we subsidise these costs.