At Fountain Primary School we are committed to following the programs of study as required by the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidance.
Fountain Primary Curriculum Map
All planning from Yr1-6 is based on the Fountain Primary Curriculum Map, which plans out the National Curriculum (NC) objectives.
The curriculum map at Fountain is based on Learning Units for each term or half-term. Each Learning Unit has a ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ which explains the ideas behind the unit and the learning. This map also outlines National Curriculum objectives. ‘Big Questions’ are also incorporated into the learning units which bring British Values alive within our curriculum.
Not all subjects fit into the Learning Unit, these are outlined in the curriculum map. These subjects will be followed during a set term/half term but will be ‘stand-alone’ lessons.
We start each new learning unit with a ‘WOW’. This stimulates curiosity, inspires thoughts and questions and creates a buzz of ideas about what the children will be learning, what they know already and what they want to learn.
‘WOWs’ are an initial experience/emersion into the ‘What’s the big idea?’ for the topic.
To further develop our curriculum, we also have ‘themed weeks’ throughout the year.
At the start of the academic year we have two weeks of PSHE based learning with the learning question ‘Who am I? How do we learn? What would we like our classroom to be like?’
This develops from a fiction book which raises messages appropriate to each year group. Alongside this, children will develop their learning environment and begin to understand how we learn and how to have a growth mindset.
The two weeks prior to Christmas children follow the learning question ‘How can we develop our understanding of Christmas traditions?’
This develops from a Christmas themed story or a version of the nativity. Children will ask questions and develop their learning and understanding of the story and Christmas traditions. This learning is shared with parents as a performance at the end of the themed weeks.
The first week back of 2019 was 'Aspiration Week'. This replaced our previous themed weeks of 'Respect' and 'Black History' but incorporated some of the key messages from these weeks.
Within Aspiration week we looked at the importance of having a dream or a goal and knowing the steps required in order to reach these ambitions. We looked at the life stories of historical figures who often get forgotten but who have created a huge impact on the world. We learned about our aspirations and the aspirations of our teachers when they were young.
Health and Sport
In July we spend a week learning about health and its relation to sport. Sports days take place during this week and parents are invited to share the learning take takes place.