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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

The curriculum at Fox Hill is delivered in a variety of ways, through class teaching, group work and to the individual, as required. We place a particular emphasis upon delivering a skills based curriculum which will equip the pupils with the necessary skills to become independent learners. We try to make sure the learning is delivered through exciting cross-curricular themes.

 

Half termly curriculum newsletters are sent home which provides more details about the specific subjects and concepts the children will be learning over the coming weeks.

 

Early Reading - PHONICS

At Fox Hill Primary School we teach Phonics through a scheme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. It is based on the original Letters and Sounds, but has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme which meets and exceeds all the expectations of the National Curriculum.

 

Phonics is taught daily for children working at Phases 1 - 5, and from Phase 2, these children have an additional 3 reading practise sessions per week, to help build fluency in decoding.

 

Here is the link to the 'For Parents' section of the Little Wandle website. https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

 

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their phonemes (sounds) and writing their graphemes (letters). There are also useful videos so you can see how your child is taught at school, to be able to confidently support their reading at home. 

 

See below the programme overview for Reception and Year 1.

READING - Year 2 to 6 

At Fox Hill we are passionate about inspiring children to read for pleasure and develop a life-long love of reading. Our PTA are also committed to this aim and have purchased the Accelerated Reader programme for the children to use from year 2 to 6. This system compliments the other opportunities for reading at Fox Hill and engages the children through healthy competition that can be achieved both at school and at home. Children are encouraged to visit our growing library to develop positive reading habits. 

 

In addition, we have extensive resources to develop the children's love of reading which are from a number of different commercially produced reading schemes. We have incorporated these resources into a school wide book banding system which uses colour bands to level all reading materials. Children are allocated a colour band from which to select books which match their reading and comprehension ability. It is our mission to hear all of our children read aloud as much as possible throughout the week and to do this we have a range of volunteers from our Governing body, and ABC Readers charity. 

 

Pupils in Year 2 through to Year 6 have a dedicated half hour of Guided Reading at the start of each day. Guided Reading books have been chosen to complement the topics pupils are studying within foundation subjects and may also link to the genre pupils are learning about in English lessons. 

 

To further develop a love of reading, teachers read to their classes at the end of most days for 10 minutes. 

 

WRITING 

At Fox Hill Primary School we aim for all our children to be confident writers in communicating their ideas and thoughts, drawing on their broad knowledge and quality experiences. They are encouraged to take pride in their writing, develop the ability to write and speak clearly and to select vocabulary to suit a range of audiences and purposes.

 

We use a Talk for Writing approach from Reception to Year 6. This enables children to become fluent, confident writers by exploring high-quality texts with a focus on language and structure before writing their own version. Pupils learn to write for a range of purposes and develop knowledge of a number of text types.

 

The writing curriculum is closely linked with other areas of the curriculum which enables them to write effectively for a range of audience by drawing on their broad knowledge and vocabulary of a topic. Pupils’ knowledge of grammar is strengthened through both discrete teaching and by being embedded in all areas of the English curriculum.

 

MATHS

Children at Fox Hill follow the Mathematics Mastery programme of learning in Reception through to Year 5 and a combination of Mathematics Mastery, White Rose Maths and other bespoke resources in Year 6. We have committed to a mastery programme, rolling this out to one year group at a time, year on year, until Mathematics Mastery is the main programme of study across all year groups. 

 

More information about our curriculum can be found in the School Prospectus.

PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Consultation

 

The Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE education became compulsory in all primary schools from September 2020. As part of implementing the RSE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content.

 

Fox Hill's consultation closed in February. During the process parents, carers, staff and governors, were asked to read through the information below and make comments on them.

 

The documents shared as part of the consultation were: 

 

It is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. The Relationships Element to RSE is statutory, however, parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from the Sex Education content. 

 

The delivery of Relationships and Sex Education is nothing new to the Fox Hill curriculum and it is a subject that we strive to continuously develop further. We teach a broad curriculum within PSHE that references many areas such as drugs, relationships, tolerance and online safety. This continues in the new guidance, along with many new areas of learning. Our aim is for our pupils to grow up healthy, happy and safe. Relationships and Sex Education is designed to equip your child with knowledge and make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.

 

The world today for young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.

 

We are flexible and deliver content which is completely age appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious backgrounds of all pupils.

 

Relationships Education

Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, we will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

 

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

 

Health Education

Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.

 

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

 

 

 

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