The Curriculum at Long Furlong Primary School, Our Intent
We will :
- Offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, promotes the spiritual, social, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils
- Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- “It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement”
(National Curriculum 2014)
We will ensure that our curriculum is underpinned by and develops understanding of our own core values of responsibility, compassion, resilience, courage and respect, and the British Fundamental Values of democracy, individual liberty, respect for the rule of law, mutual respect for and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Further, each subject has the following intent statement:
Reading and Phonics: Children becoming confident readers is at the heart of our curriculum. We strive to instil a life-long love of reading that opens up a world of possibility, adventure and intrigue; children are encouraged to read widely and are exposed to quality texts from a variety of genres in their own reading and through class story time. High quality teaching of reading skills from the very earliest days in school, including fidelity to a phonics programme, is a priority. Reading is a fundamental life skill enabling children to communicate effectively in all areas and subjects. Our teaching equips them for life beyond our school, where they will be taking with them the skills required for in-depth reading and analysis. We provide rich, meaningful discussions around texts, where all children feel confident and able to contribute by using their reading skills to access all areas of learning. We provide a reading rich environment in the classrooms and our well- resourced and used library.
Writing and Spelling: Children become confident writers able to apply their skills in a legible and coherent way across the curriculum and in later life. They become competent in the two strands of writing: transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Using the Talk4Writing programme, children are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. They will be able to ‘magpie’ ideas from known stories, and will be exposed to all text types.
Mathematics: Children become confident mathematicians who develop a solid foundation for understanding number, reasoning and problem solving. With our Mastery approach, and using White Rose maths, we aspire to maximise the academic achievement, appreciation of and enthusiasm for Maths, for all children. This will result in them being able to think logically and apply their knowledge throughout their lives in a variety of contexts.
Science: Children become confident and curious pupils who apply their skills in a scientific way, using lines of enquiry across the curriculum and in later life. They should be able to ask and answer challenging question and successfully carry out investigations using relevant scientific vocabulary and methodology.
History: Children learn how to think like historians, acquiring a deep knowledge and critical understanding of the events they study to engender a life-long interest. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, the children carefully evaluate evidence and critically interpretate historical events or themes to draw balanced, robust conclusions.
Geography: Children learn to think like a geographer, with fascination, a sense of place, and an understanding of their own locality and the wider world and the people who live there. Children can connect processes and locations, use maps and fieldwork skills, and are aware of climate, environmental change and sustainable development
PE: Children become physically literate; they enjoy being physically active, want to improve their fitness levels, choose to live a healthy lifestyle making positive choices about diet and exercise and enjoy sport in later life. Children will develop respect and discipline through physical activity that promotes and encourages leadership skills through the wider experiences of our PE curriculum, sporting events and competitions.
Design and Technology: Children learn to analyse, design ,plan, create and evaluate projects using skills that match each aspect of the curriculum, including making “mock ups” or models and disassembly. They will develop technical skills and knowledge and create design criteria across the various aspects of DT.
Computing: Children become confident and safe users of computers and devices, with the knowledge, skills and understanding that is necessary for them to successfully navigate an ever-changing digital world. Children learn about technology and its uses and risks, develop computing skills, and apply what they have learnt across all areas of the curriculum and daily life.
Music: Children will be inspired to develop a love of music alongside their talent as musicians, increasing their self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement. They will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, play instruments, sing and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. In Year 3 all pupils will learn a stringed instrument and music tuition is provided by the Oxfordshire Music Service.
Art and Design: Children are engaged, inspired and challenged by our art and design curriculum. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Allowing them to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas, children will be empowered to think creatively and critically. They will investigate and evaluate a wide range of creative outcomes from the past and present to develop rigorous understanding of the many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and others. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
Languages: Children learn to express their thoughts and ideas in a different language and to respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. They have opportunities to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in its original language. Our language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages in the future while also fostering their curiosity and understanding of languages, cultures, and the world around them. Currently, pupils are taught Italian by a native Italian speaking teacher funded by the Italian Consulate.
Religious Education: Children will learn about different faiths in line with the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus. They will be asked challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. We will enable pupils to learn about religious and non-religious views so they are able to explore and consider different answers to these questions. They will learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious worldviews make, expressing their insights and agreements or disagreements respectfully.
PSHE and RSE: Children become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society by developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience, being safe, and nurturing mental and physical health. We provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.
Our Vision is that all our pupils will be self-motivated, enthusiastic, life-long learners and this will be achieved through the strategic aim of having a curriculum that is aspirational and ambitious.
To help our pupils be emotionally ready to learn, we use the Zones of Regulation framework. Please take a look at our brief presentation for more details.