Our Curriculum

Franche Primary School Curriculum 2017-2018

At Franche Primary we have embedded a creative curriculum in line with National Curriculum guidance. All learning is taught through exciting and well-balanced cross-curricular topics so that pupils foster a life-long love of learning and leave our school with the skills necessary to succeed in the wider world.

In addition, every term we publish more detailed information about our teaching, organised by year group, with additional information about our plans for music, the arts, and sport.

Please click on your year group to find out what exciting learning activities are planned or are under way.

You will also find here information about how we prepare our pupils for the transition to high school, and our Guide To The National Curriculum, designed to help parents understand how we assess pupils.

Nursery: 2017-2018

Traditional fairy tales During this term Nursery have been exploring traditional fairy tales. Overnight a magical beanstalk grew in the Nursery which even had magic beans! During the term the role play area has been transformed into a fairytale fort and will change again later in the term into a Giants castle and the Three Bears House. These creative role play areas encourage children’s recall of familiar stories as well as promoting imagination, the Giant’s castle and the Three Bears house, so the children can retell the stories in their play using the props available. During our sessions, the children have been planting their own beanstalks and making yummy egg sandwiches from the Giant’s golden eggs. For the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the children have been using a variety of materials to make bear collages. We have been working hard to learn the story of Golidlocks and the Three Bears because very soon we will going to visit our buddy year band, Year 6, to perform if for them. We are very excited to explore further traditional tales during the remainder of this term. Nursery Life We have been extremely busy this half term with all of the fantastic opportunities that we have within our Nursery. We have particularly enjoyed using the large hall space to participate in P.E sessions. During our Forest School sessions each week we have been exploring, playing games, roasting marshmallow and making popcorn. We have particularly enjoyed working with Dan and Jodie to make homes for the woodland creatures and had to think hard about what was needed to make it a suitable home for an animal. In the last few weeks we have been particularly excited to see our new play area being built by Maple Leaf. We have played alongside them in our indoor building site and have used lots of language to describe what we can see and to try and work out what the various areas of the garden are. When it is completed we are going to be able to play in the new look out tower, park our bikes in the new car park area, read stories in our purpose built reading area and use the bikes and scooters on the road, we even have an island to help us develop our coordination and turn corners. Steve from Maple Leaf is going to come in and talk to use before he finishes building the garden and has promised to check whether our building site is safe and alk to us about the different pieces of equipment! Parental Engagement Now that we are all happy and settled into Nursery life we have once again begun inviting parents in for reading morning. This is a wonderful chance for our parents/carers to come into Nursery and share our favourite stories with us.

Reception: 2017-2018

Astronaut Adventures

Reception had a very exciting visit from our buddy year band, Year 5. The Year 5 children need our help and would like us to complete ‘Astronaut missions’ to become amazing space cadets! Our missions include: designing and making an alien, finding fun facts about planets and writing a list so we know what to take on our journey into space. All areas of our creative curriculum are centred around our sparkly space topic, including our guided reading and phonics sessions. In maths we have been counting space rocks and matching the amount to the correct numeral. If we are all ‘Work Hard Wiz’s’ and successfully complete our missions, we will attend our very own space cadet graduation!

Reception Life

We have been busy starting weekly swimming lessons, where we are developing our water confidence with the help of our two fully qualified swimming instructors. It is really fun learning to swim on our front and back and even putting our faces in the water! Every day we take our learning to different areas of the school, including our newly built outdoor learning environment. In addition to this, we have regular forest school sessions which are helping us learn about our natural surrounding environment, whilst developing our independence, confidence and social skills. During our PE sessions, we are focusing on ball skills and learning how to show control when moving an object. We have been doing this individually, in pairs and as a team.

Parental Engagement

Reception love to involve the parents in our learning, both at home and within school. We have already hosted a parent workshop which involved making musical instruments and a musical forest experience. Our parents join us every Wednesday morning to share stories and listen to our super reading. Each half term we have a different theme in our family learning workshops. These sessions help to develop children’s confidence, whilst working with their parents in a fun and creative way. We are about to launch this year’s parent 'Stay and Share' sessions, where parents can join their child and experience a day in the life of Reception. If you would like any further information about parent engagement, please speak to a member of the Reception team.

Year 1: 2017-2018

Year 1


Arriving back at school for the new term, pupils were shocked to discover a broken flying machine that had seemingly crash landed in the playground. A video message from Captain Bradshaw at RAF Lincoln confirmed that they had been testing a new flying machine but had lost contact with the pilot, Rosie Revere. After some initial investigations, pupils established that the flying machine we had found did, indeed, belong to Rosie and, after reading the story of how she became a great engineer, were excited at the prospect becoming one themselves. Pupils have considered the skills required to make them a great engineer, and will proceed to explore these through Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology. On their journey towards becoming engineers, the pupils will be researching the history of flying machines and the fabulous struggles experienced by their inventors. They will also create nonfiction texts so that they can share their knowledge with other year bands.

Pupils hope to culminate their topic with an assembly for their parents where they can share their learning.

Year 2: 2017-2018

Year 2


London’s Burning!

At the start of the new term, Year 2 found lots of objects and a message sent from a ‘trainee fire fighter’ called Nick. He wants the children to help him to become a Fire Expert and wants to start with how fires were fought in the past. He had heard about a famous fire that happened in England many years ago and wanted to find out more about it. He asked the children to help him in his discovery by sending objects to look at, using skills of observation, questioning and inference to work out their relevance.

The children will begin their quest to become Fire Experts, by initially researching information about the Great Fire of London. They will develop an awareness of the past and consider the similarities and differences between ways of life then and now. The children will find out about fire safety and share their ideas about keeping safe.

During the topic, the children will develop their writing skills by writing their own diaries using the diary extracts written by Samuel Pepys as a starting point for their writing.

Year 3: 2017-2018

Year 3


The Wild West

To begin the Spring term, Year 3 children were challenged by a cryptic crime scene which included some interesting pieces of evidence: an unidentified train ticket; a cowboy lasso, a criminal wanted poster of Bronco Johnson; and a money bag of American dollars. After discussions, the classes summarised that this was a train robbery from the Wild West. Taking inspiration from their new topic, pupils eagerly created a range of enquiry questions which they plan to answer throughout the half term. To begin settling this curiosity of the Wild West, Year 3 have already conducted research, organised pictures chronologically and reflected on the location and landscape of Wild West America. In addition, pupils have explored what makes a good coach and have embraced this creatively. However, with a new task of creating a Prairie Schooner in their sights, Year 3 will need to take on board the challenges in order to support and impress ‘The Sheriff’.

Year 4: 2017-2018

Year 4


The Romans

During the first week back, Year Four received an important message from a Roman General called Marcus Agrippa. Over the half term, they will train to be disciplined soldiers in the Roman army after receiving a scroll of how to be successful from the General. The children will then write a persuasive piece to encourage the Celts to join the Roman army. After researching and discovering the skills required to become a Roman Soldier, pupils will recruit and teach Year Ones how to create Roman Army formations using their handmade shields. For home learning, the children will research one way of how the Romans still influence Britain today and will show their findings in an interesting way to share in class museum at the end of term.

Year 5: 2017-2018

Year 5



During the first week of term, Year Five were contacted by Astronaut Bob Lucas, who is currently orbiting the Earth in a broken spacecraft and has lost all his skills and knowledge about space!

After researching and discovering the skills required to become an astronaut, pupils recruited Reception children and set them a variety of missions to complete.

Year 6: 2017-2018

Year 6


Kensuke’s Kingdom

Upon their return, the children were presented with a map of the school grounds and a number of co-ordinates. With the instruction to look out for something out of the ordinary, the children set about locating mysterious items at each location. Ranging from samurai swords, a wooden yacht and a compass to a distraught Gran, a packet of monkey nuts and an orangutan, the children quickly applied their map reading skills to find as many of the clues as possible.

Using what they had found, this led the children to the novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo and from this they suggested questions they would like to investigate such as: Where is the mysterious island and how could someone survive there?

As the character of Michael goes on his great sailing odyssey around the world, we will be learning how he adapts to new situations and developing our geography skills by investigating new climates and how to navigate at sea.

Transition to High School

The transition from primary to high school can be a challenging time. At Franche we work very closely with our children and their families from the start of Year 5 to prepare them for the changes ahead. We have four aims:

  • To enthuse and excite our pupils about the next stage of their learning journey
  • To remove the “fear factor” about the transition
  • To ensure their next school has all the information they need about each of our unique pupils
  • To support families

Mrs Plant, our Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Year 6, leads our transition programme. We have strong links with neighbouring high schools in Wyre Forest, with most pupils choosing from Baxter College, Wolverley, King Charles I, Bewdley and Stourport high schools.

Visitors from our main high schools visit us regularly through the year to meet our Year 6 pupils and tell them what they can expect in Year 7. Recent ex pupils are among those who visit Franche to share their experiences.

In Years 5 & 6 our pupils visit neighbouring high schools, particularly Baxter College and Wolverley High, for educational and sporting events and activities, which helps familiarise them with the layout and facilities.

Staff in Years 5 & 6 also work with pupils to develop their independence and life skills in preparation for high school, including relationships education. E-safety and cyber bullying is also given high priority, in readiness for the social media opportunities that await.

A personal dossier about each pupil accompanies them to high school, including notes about their academic outcomes, sporting and artistic talents, personal likes and dislikes, friendship groups – everything the receiving school will need to help smooth the transition period.

We believe this effort is rewarded, with our children able to enjoy a smooth transition from primary pupils to high school students.

A small number of our pupils move to local fee-paying schools, some on scholarships. Franche has a strong tradition of supporting pupils to achieve scholarships. Any pupils or parents interested in pursuing these types of opportunities should contact the school office for advice and support.

Early Years Foundation Stage Areas of Learning and Development

Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. 1.6. Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan.

Franche Primary Curriculum Overview

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Curriculum Overview For Years 1 - 6

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Calculations Information

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Arithmetic nested tabs

Click to play Column Addition Year 4, 5 & 6 video
Click to play Column Subtraction Year 4, 5 & 6 video
Click to play Expanded Column Additions Year 3 & 4 video
Click to play Expanded Column Subtraction Year 3 & 4 video
Click to play Ladder Method Multiplication Year 4 & 5 video
Click to play Long Division with Remainders Year 6 video
Click to play Long Division Year 6 video
Click to play Papa Titioning Division Year 4 video
Click to play Short and Long Multiplication Year 5 & 6 video
Click to play Long Division with Remainders Year 6 video

Maths Vocabulary

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