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- Transition To High School
- Parents Guide To National 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: 2017-2018Nursery have been very busy in the summer term so far! We have been fundraising, with the help of students, parents and staff, to raise money for a nursery fun day to be held in July 2018. Before May half-term, our topic was Space. As an ignitor the children were sent a mission statement from an astronaut and they worked throughout the half-term to complete these missions. These included; writing their own name using a tripod grip, practising jumping and landing skills (as if they were landing on the moon) and counting to 10 independently. After half-term, our topic has been Transport/Holidays. The children arrived back to nursery on the ‘Nursery Express’ and they were then directed into their groups with the train track laid out on the floor. We have looked at lots of different texts throughout this topic, but our favourite so far has been ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’. Linking with the story, we spoke a lot about why rules are important to keep us safe and how we should treat animals. Continuing to develop our independence has been a key objective in nursery and the children have been excelling in this area this term. They have been making their own sandwiches at the snack table, by spreading the butter and layering ingredients before putting it all together. They have also been highly independent throughout their transitions into Reception. The children have reacted extremely well during their transition sessions and are already very comfortable in their new classes ready for September. Throughout the term we have been enjoying our lovely, new outdoor classroom, we have been building new structures in the building area and developing our artistic flares with chalk, paint and brushes. Where possible we have also been taking phonics sessions, story reading and focus activities outside to really make the most of the brilliant new space.
Far, Far Away
This half term in Reception we will be focusing on making the final steps towards the Early Learning Goals. We have all come a long way since September and we are really proud of all of the progress the children have made. Our new topic ‘Far, Far Away will allow us to focus on story language and story writing skills. This week the children discovered that over the Easter holidays the Bird Camera in the Forest had captured some interesting footage. What would we see- a fox, a badger, a furry squirrel scampering through the trees? No! We discovered that a small girl, wearing a red hooded cape and carrying a basket, had been walking through our forest. Who could she be? Why was she there? As part of a sequence of lessons the children will use a familiar story (Little Red Riding Hood) and a story framework in order to structure their own ideas and create a new story. They will be real authors! This will allow us to demonstrate our narrative skills and our ability to create extended pieces of writing as well as the simple sentences we have mastered. We will also be continuing to consolidate our number skills and revisit shape, space and measure objectives such as time, money and size.
Year 1: 2017-2018
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
The Mighty Monarchy
Year Two’s Summer Term began with an exciting trip to Warwick Castle. Our day began by watching the world’s largest working catapult launch a cannonball over 150 metres, before we enjoyed getting lost in the Horrible Histories maze. We met some of the birds of prey that live at the castle and also had a lesson in how to use a bow and arrow. As well as this, we enjoyed visiting the many different exhibitions within the castle walls. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and a wonderful start to our new topic, The Mighty Monarchy. As we were leaving the castle, the children discovered a scroll with a question from Charles II, “Was it a good thing to be an English monarch?” When we were back in school, we tried to find the answer by researching a number of significant monarchs and the children produced some wonderful writing about their chosen monarch, before placing their work on a timeline. Our topic ended with a ‘Knight’s Training Day’, as we welcomed a visitor from the Little Musketeers’ Fencing Club, who taught the children some fencing techniques before they duelled with their friends. This was followed by some archery practice, as the young knights in training perfected their skills with a bow and arrow. As well as the sporting activities, the children also took part in a treasure hunt and were introduced to some of the games that young knights may have played to keep themselves occupied while living inside the castle walls. It was a fantastic end to the term and a well-deserved treat for the children, who had worked so hard on their SATS papers during the month of May.
World Cup 2018 – All Around the WorldYear Two have been celebrating the start of the 2018 World Cup by finding out lots of interesting facts about the countries that are participating in it. We held our own World Cup sweepstake, with each child choosing a country to find on our world map and discover facts such as what continent their country is in and what the climate is like. We’ve enjoyed studying data from the World Cup so far in Maths, learning about the plants and animals that can be found in the competing countries in Science and writing algorithms to direct a football into a goal in ICT.
Year 3: 2017-2018
Let It Grow
Year Three continues to be a busy and exciting place to learn. To start the Summer Term, the children were ignited and inspired by an email, sent by our very own Mrs Price who is championing us to achieve being a healthy school. The email set pupils the challenge to grow something in preparation for the ‘Franche’s Food and Garden Show’ on May 24th. The children are already enthusiastic about their role in this project, and have begun using their prior knowledge from Year Two on how to grow plants successfully. Over the term, pupils will be experimenting and applying their Scientific Enquiry skills to investigate if particular ‘factors’ play an important role in the success of plants growing and remaining healthy.
Year 4: 2017-2018
This half term, the children are learning about habitats with a huge focus on the conservation of bees. On the first day back, Cathy from the Wildlife Trust ran an assembly to tell the children about why bees are important, why they are in trouble and how we can help them. The children were inspired by the messages and are keen to help. They would like to enlist the Year 3 children so that they can find out about the types of wild flowers bees like, linked to their topic on Growing. The Year 4 children would like to find out about the different types of bees and make bee hotels for the solitary bees to live in. In cooking, they will make products that contain honey to sell during Franche’s Food and Garden Show. What busy bees they will be!
Year 5: 2017-2018
The Ancient Maya
Year 5 received a video message from Indiana Jones asking for his help. He had been given some mysterious artefacts and needed help to identify where they had come from. As a result, we have been travelling across the globe, using all of our historical and geographical enquiry skills, to help him unlock the secrets of the past; we have found ourselves in ancient Mayan times in Central America.
Year 6: 2017-2018
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.