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The Falkland Curriculum - should you require more information, please ring 01635 44949 and ask to speak to Mrs Wood.

In June 2016, Ofsted visited the school and agreed with us that we are a good school. This was in part because of what we were achieving and in part because they saw the efforts we were making to improve our pupils’ capabilities in the core subject areas.

We had already identified the need to improve our 2015 maths progress scores. We had made a commitment to Mastery Maths teaching and focussing on a smaller number of objectives for a longer period of time. We therefore selected the White Rose hub schemes of work and commenced with an extension programme of teacher training. The White Rose is a strong base on which we can build both the knowledge of all our children need to progress and the skills needed to use this knowledge in a range of real life situations. We adapt the scheme as needed to meet the individual needs of all our children. This work has continued over the last four years and we are now in the top quartile for progress in the country.

Ofsted also set us the target of improving our writing across the curriculum. We knew in order to do this we would have to develop both our teaching of writing and carry out a major audit of our existing curriculum to see whether it was fit for purpose. We have revised how we teach and assess writing and linked it more closely with other curriculum areas. This hard work on behalf of the teachers and children can clearly be seen in the improvement in our writing results for each of the past three years.

Having started to make progress with both Maths and Writing, in 2018 we revisited our core vision and values and realised we needed to redesign our broader curriculum as some of it was outdated and not focussed on the actual needs of our Falkland children. The more we looked at it, the more we became aware that our curriculum lacked clear progression for many subjects and that the coverage for some subjects was often based on what had been taught in the past by previous teachers rather than actually what built on past learning. 

We researched a number of options and decided to base our Falkland curriculum intitally on the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum.  This approach sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. The Chris Quigley scheme ensures that there is a balance between subjects and that each is covered in sufficient breadth and depth.  The only exceptions to this were PSHE where we had already decided that the Jigsaw  programmes best fitted our vision and values and PE, where we use Real PE and Real Gym for similar reasons.

In 2019/20 moving on from this base, we continue to refine our Falkland Curriculum to be as broad and rich as possible. As a school we now feel we have a clearer understanding of what our children need from their curriculum and as such have taken the best principles from the Chris Quigley scheme and begun to produce our own Falkland Curriculum.

Our curriculum is designed :-

to develop learners who are engaged in their own learning and eager to know more.

to develop children who are able to articulate their ideas, thoughts and feelings.

to develop children who have an expectation of success (linked to effort and resilience).

to encourage children to understand why values (Falkland and British) are important.

to enable children to move to secondary school with the basic skills in reading, writing and maths to open doors for their future ambitions.

to develop children with the subject knowledge to access a wide range of subjects at secondary school.

We have based this on our visions and values while ensuring that a progression of knowledge and skills underpin our learning. We have been mindful of the requirements of the National Curriculum and our legal obligations in creating our curriculum. With this in mind we decided to adopt the Discovery programme to develop our teaching of RE and to ensure we met the new locally agreed syllabus. 

As a school we looked at how, why and when we were teaching each subject and began to think about how we assess the children’s learning in order to help planning for further topics. This is something we are still developing as we review and revise our teaching and assess its impact on the children’s learning.

At Falkland, we want to challenge all our children to become independent, well-rounded individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. Moreover, we want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill sets in a range of contexts within school and real life. We want our children to leave us as confident learners: confident to succeed and confident to see the learning within failure. Confident to take the next steps in their life-long journey as learners.

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