Curriculum

At Frittenden School, we have developed a creative and cross-curricular approach to learning. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding whilst taking into account what the children want to find out. We encourage our children to become independent learners who are also able to collaborate effectively in problem solving situations. Our teachers use innovative and inspirational approaches, tailored to their class and each child’s specific needs, in order to work towards our Vision:

To engage every child in an exciting and meaningful educational experience, in an inclusive caring Christian community.

Because our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes comprise of two year groups, we have devised a two year rolling programme of cross-curricular units.  The current long-term planning can be found within the class pages.

For the teaching of phonics, we mainly use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme but we supplement this with other materials to make the learning stimulating and enjoyable.

We have invested in the Nelson Reading Scheme which is carefully banded to enable children to progress through the levels, with sufficient challenge. We use PM Benchmarking to assess the children. Reading books are sent home regularly. For guided reading in Key Stage 1 and EYFS we currently use Oxford Reading Tree books. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum aims to build a secure foundation for the children’s future progression through both school and life. It is aimed at children from birth to 5 years and all pre-school, nurseries, childminders and reception classes are required to follow it. To learn more about the EYFS curriculum, have a look at these documents:

The Statutory Framework

Development Matters

A Parent’s Guide to EYFS

The National Curriculum – Years 1 to 6

The subjects that form the national Curriculum for Key Stage1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 are the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and the foundation subjects: art and design, design technology, geography, history, computing, physical education, languages and music.

To learn more about the National Curriculum have a look at this document. 

To find out more about the teaching and learning in different year groups, have a look at the class pages: 

  • Year R - Potter Class
  • Year 1 and 2 - Dahl Class
  • Year 3 and 4 - Wells Class
  • Year 5 and 6 - Shakespeare Class

For English, we teach using the Power of Reading. The teaching stems from using good quality, engaging text, then over a period of 2 to 3 weeks the teacher and pupils use the text as a stimulus and springboard to their learning. Often pupils will learn to write a variety of text types from the initial text exploration. 

Class teachers mathematics using the White Rose Maths Hub planning, this approach takes the children through pictorial representation, through to fluency within an aspect of the maths curriculum, to applying the mathematic skill in abstract context. Pupils become much more proficient in problem solving and reasoning leading to a 'mastery' approach. Pupils at Frittenden are taught many mathematic skills using manipulatives such as numicon, cuisenaire rods, place value counters and other practical equipment. 

For Religious Education we follow the Canterbury Diocese Planning for Understanding Christianity. These plans are considered to be the bemchmark for providing a rich and varied enquiry led approach to raising the religious literacy of all pupils in our school. 

Assessment and Tracking.

After trying two commercial tracking systems, we have now decided to use our own to track the progress and attainment of our pupils. All pupils are continually assessed against the objectives that they are learning. Teachers will assess learning throughout lessons and then through looking at and marking books: this allows teachers to modify planning and ensure that all pupils are making progress.

Formal assessments take place every term. Teachers use formal assessments for gap analysis purposes and inform their planning and provision maps for the following term. We use a variety of resources for formal assessment: nfer, rising stars, WRMH maths assessments and suffolk reading test for reading age. 

Every term the SEND-Co and Head teacher hold pupil progress meetings with class teachers to look at the attainment and progress of pupils and plan the next steps. Together, they identify pupils who are in danger of falling behind or those that are not making the progress they should be. Strategies are put in place to enable pupils to catch up and keep up.