Our School Curriculum
At Frome Valley First School, every child's ability is recognised and developed. Our curriculum is tailored to meet individual needs and aspirations to ensure all our children are interested and motivated to learn. We have high expectations and a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy. We promote enjoyment for learning and encourage children to be independent and reflective learners.
Frome Valley First School teaches the new National Curriculum and Religious Education (following Understanding Christianity/Discovery RE). The school teaches Health and Relationships Education through Personal, Social and Health Education and the Jigsaw programme.
The National Primary Curriculum
Each half term, we will send home a Curriculum Statement that shows a jigsaw of which elements fo the new national curriculum are being taught that half term through individual subjects or the creative curriculum. On the back of the Curriculum Statement, you will find ideas on how to support your child's learning. You can find the Curriculum Stataments under this section. In our News Weekly, we also invite families and members of the community to come in and share their expertise or offer suggestions which may enhance learning within and beyond our school.
The link below will take to you to the National Curriculum page on the Department for Education website. Here, you can see the indiviual subject areas and year groups and how these subjects are to be both taught and asessed. If you have any queries or wish to discuss your child's learning then please talk to your child's class teacher. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
The Creative Curriculum
In September 2011, the school introduced the Creative Curriculum that put our children at the heart of learning. Music, Design and Technology, ICT, Art and Design and Humanities are all taught during these exciting sessions. Through the Creative Curriculum, we give our children the oppurtunity to ask questions they would like answered within a half termly topic. The teachers then plan the Creative Curriculum to answer all these questions!
Research has shown that when a truly creative curriculum is embedded within a school, children are more focused on the learning, are more engaged, produce a higher standard of work and most importantly WANT to learn because they are part of the learning process.
Reading and Phonics
The school teaches phonics through synthetic phonics. Read Write Inc is taught in Reception to Year 2 to support the learning of sounds. This is a fun and child centered approach to teaching sounds using a multi-sensory approach. Read Write Inc books are sent home weekly for parents to read with their child and learn the sounds taught in school.
Our reading scheme includes a wide range of books (mostly 'Oxford Reading Tree') of which many are decodable and focus on a particular phonic sound. Our reading scheme includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The reading scheme is used to supplement the Read Write Inc books and to encourage children to read for pleasure.
The Early Years Curriculum
From September 2012, our Reception class introduced the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The curriculum is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity.
Each half term, the school sends home to parents an overview of the curriculum (Curriculum Statement) that summarises what their child will be learning at school for that half term. You can find these detailed Curriculum Statements within the Classrooms area of this website.