At Frimley we deliver a curriculum in order to develop all children into life-long learners giving them the skills and tools to equip them for the real world. Children understand what it is to be an artist, a geographer, a mathematician etc and through memorable experiences and excellent quality delivery, children are encouraged to develop inquisitive minds and a love of learning. By considering each subject separately and the skills within it which need developing we are able to ensure we have a broad and balanced curriculum.
We liaise closely with both key stage 1 and key stage 3, and within key stage 2, to develop a flexible curriculum which both meets the needs of the community and reduces ‘cliff-edges’ making children ready for their next stage of learning and more confident to approach learning challenges ahead.
Our intent is to give children life skills and learning skills so that they are able to resiliently express themselves and approach life as all-rounded citizens.
‘Hooks’ are used to engage children in their learning at the beginning of a learning sequence, across many subject areas, through a range of memorable experiences. From pupil voice, it is clear children like these and remember them. This supports the development of a love of learning and engagement in the learning process. Children are also encouraged to reflect on their learning and to consider what more they know now.
Small steps in learning, questioning and retrieval enable children to really understand what they are doing and to deepen their understanding. Teachers do not move children on in their learning until they are ready to do so. Retrieval opportunities are used regularly as part of learning in order for children to revisit learning and to apply it in other contexts. All statutory elements of the curriculum are planned for and monitoring is in place to ensure coverage takes place.
Learning is taught through stand-alone subject areas in order for the progressive skills and knowledge development to take place. Learning experiences are planned in order for skills and knowledge to be developed.
Through a Frimley Learner Passport children learn how to optimise their learning skills. Through the school values, children learn the life skills to be respectful and responsible citizens. These values and attributes underpin our curriculum and all of school life. All children have a Learner passport and work, both at school and at home, to demonstrate the attributes to achieve certificates. When all of the attributes have been achieved children become an Ultimate Frimley Learner. Children who demonstrate the school values can achieve both praise points and star of the week.
The curriculum is monitored by the curriculum leader, subject leaders and children, through the learning team. Books and flipcharts are monitored and pupils are spoken to so that the curriculum can be shaped to meet needs.
All staff are trained in the 6 Key Principles of Outstanding Teaching and Learning; personalised learning, fluid grouping, questioning, scaffolding, facilitation and feedback. Through research, all have been proven to have a great impact on attainment and progress. One of these is a focus every term, alongside a subject area, and this is the basis of all CPD for the term. In lesson observations the 6 key principles are the focus and the basis for feedback.
In classrooms you will see and hear:
· A buzz of learning
· Awe and wonder as children discover
· Fluid groups, children collaborating in different groups
· Children revisiting and recalling previous learning
· Memorable experiences and learning
· The needs of all children being met.
Because of the delivery of our curriculum, children will leave Frimley:
· As engaged and intrinsically motivated learners
· Having developed their knowledge and skills across all subject areas
· With deep learning embedded
· Being able to recall learning from their time at Frimley
· Ready for their next stage in learning
· Resilient and ready for life’s challenges
At Frimley we believe in promoting a growth mindset in all learners. If you have a growth mindset you become more resilient and are more able to take a positive attitude to challenge and in difficulties. We teach children strategies and ideas to become more resilient and to see the benefit in finding learning challenging.
Click here to read the intent, implementation & impact of specific subject areas: Curriculum Statement
Please click here to see our approach to the Recovery Curriculum: Recovery Curriculum Approach
Use the following link to find the National Curriculum for England on the DfE website: National Curriculum
The Ethos Behind Our Curriculum will be found in the following document: Our approach to SMSC 2021 and on the skills & knowledge progression documents.
Music, French, Art & DT and Outside Learning are taught during our Enrichment/PPA sessions please read the following document to see what we have planned: Enrichment Overview
As a school, we have developed Skills and Knowledge Progression documents in each subject area to ensure that progression is made across the curriculum. You can view them here:
- Art and Design Skills and Knowledge
- Computing Skills and Knowledge
- Design and Technology Skills and Knowledge
- Enrichment (Creative) Skills and Knowledge
- French Skills and Knowledge
- Geography Skills and Knowledge
- History Skills and Knowledge
- Maths Skills and Knowledge
- Music Skills and Knowledge
- PE Skills and Knowledge
- Phonics Skills and Knowledge
- RE Skills and Knowledge
- Reading Skills and Knowledge Relationships,
- Health & PSHE Education Skills and Knowledge
- Science Skills and Knowledge
- SMSC and British Values Skills and Knowledge
- Writing Skills and Knowledge
If you would like any more information about the curriculum at Frimley please look at the year group pages or contact Mrs Farage (Deputy Head & Curriculum Leader) via firstname.lastname@example.org