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Curriculum

The Primary National Curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. We aim for our curriculum to be exciting and to inspire children to nurture a passion for learning, encouraging inquisitiveness and confidence in our pupils.

Alongside the introduction of the new curriculum in September 2014, the government removed previous levels of attainment and have allowed schools to develop their own approach to assessment. At FJS, the assessment of pupils' attainment and progress is linked closely to the curriculum so that pupils achieve a secure and deep understanding of the whole curriculum content. We place a high value on day-to-day formative assessment to inform the next steps for all pupils.

Opportunities to promote literacy and numeracy throughout the curriculum are exploited, as well as cross curricular link

During the year we have themed days and weeks, which allow children to develop their skills in a more focused way. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of educational visits to reinforce the learning which takes place in the classroom.

We also have lots of opportunities to welcome visitors to our school, such as musicians and authors. We always welcome input from any parents who would like to offer their expertise in any curriculum area.

If you have any questions about what your child is learning at school do not hesitate to arrange a time to discuss it further with your child’s teacher.

Please find below the Year Long Curriculum Maps that our staff have planned for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

The National Primary Curriculum

 

Mathematics

Here at Faringdon Junior School we are always aspiring to develop well rounded mathematicians; children who can not only calculate with proficiency but also can apply this knowledge into different contexts and real life situations. It is important that all children become fluent in the fundamentals of maths.

We enable this through varied and frequent practise and with increasingly complex problems so that the children develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge. Children are required to be able to reason mathematically looking at patterns and relationships, and to justify themselves using mathematical vocabulary. Problem solving is the product of the application of the skills and methods they have been taught to answer problems and to persevere with those that they do not find so easy.

This year we have changed our teaching of maths, whereby all children will be taught the same concepts at the same time and in the same class. This whole class approach will benefit the children in ensuring they are constantly exposed to a rich mathematical vocabulary, and will provide opportunities for all children to support, coach and debate what they have been learning.

Small-group work within lessons will involve challenge through greater depth for the more able and support with grasping concepts and methods for less-able pupils.

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