Our broad and balanced curriculum at Falconhurst is underpinned by 3 Key Drivers – Possibility, Knowledge of the World and Wellbeing. In order for children at Falconhurst to thrive both now and in the future, we intentionally couple the compulsory elements of learning (The National Curriculum) with these drivers – together they combine to form a curriculum which develops children’s knowledge, skills as well as their social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Curriculum Intent Statement 2019 (PDF 62KB)
Our Doorways into Learning (PDF 249KB)
Implementation of our intended learning journey for each child is secured through a model of Doorways and Pathways. Each half term the whole school from Nursery to Year 6 enter the same Doorway (the theme for that term):
Within each doorway there are many different pathways and these will all be very different for each year group. As children progress through Falconhurst they will experience a wide range of history pathways, geography pathways, art pathways, DT pathways, music pathways and so on; all of which compliment their Core Learning of English, Maths, Science, PE and Computing.
English, Maths and Science are also regularly brought to life through these doorways, as each theme lends itself well to exciting and creative learning opportunities in these subjects. Using and applying learning in a range of ways is what makes it ‘stick’, so if you enter into a ‘Pathway’ lesson, you are likely to see children taking on the role of detectives, historians, investigators, professors and many more! Pathways for each year group are available on the class pages.
Our ‘Home School Connection’ opportunities are wonderful events where the children’s families are invited into school to share the learning journey with their child at the end of each Doorway. Children and adults are thrown into a range of activities that show off the learning that has taken place.
Throughout their learning pathway, the impact upon children is continuously evaluated against the Early Years Framework or National Curriculum milestones and objectives. Subject leaders and class teachers across school will talk to children about what progress they believe they have made in securing new knowledge and skills, records of learning in books, Google drives and portfolios are used to evidence knowledge and progression, reflective evaluations and assessments by children will also provide a more formalised assessment of attainment.
Letters and Sounds is the resource we use at Falconhurst to support the systematic teaching of phonics. Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme at the start of Reception year and continue across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Every child between Reception and Year 3 has a 15-20 minute phonics session every morning.
The Letters and Sounds programme is separated into six Phases - your child's teacher will be able to tell you which Phase your child is currently working on.
If you require any further support, please come into school and speak with your child's class teacher or our Phonics Leader, Miss Saunders
For more information and resources for 'letters and sounds' that children will learn in school please visit: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/advice-for-parents/reading-at-home/phonics-made-easy.