Our curriculum at Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School is carefully designed, organised and planned for depth of learning:
At Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School our definition of progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. Staff plan the curriculum around the needs of our children and have freedom to adapt the curriculum to the children’s interests.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
In Early Years we follow the EYFS curriculum and from KS1 we follow the national curriculum and teach the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science PE and Computing. Being a Church of England School we regard the teaching of Religious Education very important. Our foundation subjects are: Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Personal, Social, health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Outdoor Education.
We create learners for life by ensuring that our curriculum is relevant and purposeful and prepares children for the next stages of their life and beyond. Special weeks, such as Prayer Space week and British Values week teach children skills they can apply to tasks beyond school
Our Curriculum Promise
At Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School, our Curriculum Promise is a guarantee of a high quality, rigorous and creative curriculum where the needs of the child are at the centre of our practice. Our curriculum promotes high standards and excellence in all areas through high quality first learning which provides memorable and rich experiences. In addition to academic and creative subjects, we promote independence, questioning, life skills and a desire to learn in a fun, caring and mutually supportive environment. Our curriculum has overall balance and breadth and is amended and customised to meet the changing needs of individuals and groups. We provide the Programmes of Study outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum, details of which can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum in addition to skills and learning opportunities over and above this.
At Longcot and Fernham we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. We want children to have a powerful memory, as well as making magical memories.
Our curriculum is designed so that the National Curriculum objectives are regularly re-visited during a child's Longcot and Fernham journey, in order to broaden and deepen knowledge.
SOLO taxonomy is an assessment tool shared by pupils and teaching staff from Year 1 to Year 6. Completed at the start of each topic and again at the end, children’s self-assessment is discussed with and verified by staff members.
In addition to the well planned and comprehensive curriculum delivered by our outstanding teaching staff, specialist teachers deliver sports coaching and peripatetic music lessons in the following areas: piano, brass, woodwind, violin, guitar and drums.
There are regular opportunities for pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 to attend residential trips.