Our Approach to the Curriculum

We pride ourselves in the fact that our curriculum is designed for the children in our community both locally and globally. We place particular emphasis on the basic skills of English and Mathematics and teach these within a rich, broad and exciting curriculum. We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities and our children are happy and enjoy learning together.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This is a statutory requirement for all schools. Our team of Foundation practitioners use on going assessment and observations of the children to develop a flexible curriculum. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests. This is ensures that they are enthusiastic and motivated about their learning. Our foundation stage children have continuous access to both inside and outside. We provided a carefully planned play based curriculum which also maximises opportunities for children to develop their own lines of enquiry.

Phonics and reading are taught through Read, Write Inc programme, which is a systematic synthetic phonics programme.  This is a recognised scheme that ensures that all children become confident, independent and enthusiastic readers.

Curriculum for Years 1 - 6
We pride ourselves on the curriculum that we provide for the learners in our school. We have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum reflects the world that we live in. We make reference to the National Curriculum which has supported our curriculum development.  The three key elements to our topic curriculum are:

Local identity: This involves learning about our immediate surroundings, Cornwall and the United Kingdom. It is important that children are develop a sense of community, a cultural identity and how where they live is similar or different to other locations.

Environmental: This focuses on a variety of environmental issues which encourage the children to learn about their impact on their world and how they can make a positive change.

Global: This is an important part of our curriculum. The children have an opportunity to study different countries and continents around the world. This helps them to develop their global identity and ensures that they develop understanding, respect and tolerance for different cultures, their traditions and views.

Our topic curriculum is taught in subject blocks. It has clear progression that ensures that the children develop skills, understanding and knowledge.This means that the children will focus on one subject area for a period of time rather than have 1 lesson a week e.g. science maybe taught over a series of ten consecutive lessons. This ensure that there is continuity in the learning for the children, it enables the teachers to use day to day assessment to plan for personalised learning and ensure that there is a pace to the children’s learning.

We ensure that our curriculum is enriched by a variety of motivators, this includes trips, visits and visits in school by experts. Our extensive outdoor areas means that the delivery of the curriculum is not restricted to inside. The staff make use of this outdoor space to enrich all aspects of the curriculum.

Visit the class pages for more detailed information about the content for each topic.
To find out how we are making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities and special educational needs, please click here to view the Equalities Statement, Accessibility Plan, Racial Equality Policy and the Equality and Diversity Policy in the Key Policies section of our website.  Please also refer to the Inclusion section of the website where you can find an information report detailing how our school identifies, assesses, and makes provision for children with Special educational needs and disabilities.
If you would like to find out more information about the curriculum at Falmouth Primary Academy please contact the school office.