At Stephen Freeman Primary School we believe that there are no limits to learning. As our school moto states, ‘Everybody, Every Moment, Every Idea Counts, and we are committed to providing an engaging and rich curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to:
- enable all children to learn and achieve. We are an inclusive school.
- equip children to be life-long learners by promoting essential learning behaviours.
- provide children with language skills through the use of rich vocabulary and language.
- promote curiosity and inquiry skills. We encourage children to ask questions and investigate. We want children to know that it is okay to make mistakes and that we learn from them.
- inspire children through first hand experiences and quality first teaching.
- respect the knowledge and understanding that children bring to the classroom. We always take into account their prior learning and build on their understanding.
- deepen children’s learning through the development of key skills and mastery.
Our curriculum design consists of all the planned activities that we organise to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes the formal requirements of the National Curriculum as well as a range of extra-curricular activities in order to enrich the experience of all the children. We follow the ReadWrite, Inc. scheme of work to teach children how to read. In our Early Years and Key Stage One, children take part in daily phonics lessons. The strategies and teaching methods used in these lessons are consistently followed throughout the whole school. We use a ‘storytelling’ approach in our teaching, which helps our children to build a solid bank of stories and texts, both fiction and non-fiction. This inpires children to innovate and create their own narratives and creative thinking. In each year group, this is interwoven with our termly topics, which have been planned and sequenced to build upon children’s skills, ensure progression and consolidate learning.