At Flora Gardens, we have combined the content of the new DfE curriculum into an individualised values-led, creatively integrated approach for each year group. Our 6 values of trust, fulfilment, respect, personal wellbeing, choosing your attitude and adventure lead each creative curriculum whilst ensuring that all statutory content is adequately covered for depth and engagement. Underlying all topics are the four fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, respecting others and individual liberty.
Each values-based curriculum starts with a ‘hook’ to engage the children and excite them in their new topic. Some examples of these hooks are:
- A fairy visit in Year 1.
- A letter from the Queen inviting Year 2 to the Tower of London.
- A ‘technology takeover’ in Year 3.
- A ’mummy’ visiting the Year 4 classroom in the middle of the night and leaving clues.
- A visitor to Year 5 from the Thames Waterworks project asking the children to research how best to save water.
- A visit from the author/illustrator William Grill where he taught the children the painting techniques he used in his book-‘Shackleton’s Journey’ which was Year 6’s class text.
The following half term is then focused on that topic integrating every subject through a meaningful, creative approach. Each class has focus English texts that relate to the curriculum and all home learning is relevant to the topic. Each learning opportunity has the 5 values at the heart of it, ensuring that the children have opportunities to extend these values and build on their skills and personal development within them (see progression of values).
During the half term, each class has the opportunity to extend their learning outside of the classroom with an educational visit. Such visits include:
* Year 1’s trip to Fulham Palace Toy Exhibition as part of the Toys and Games topic.
* Year 2’s visit to St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the ‘Fire! Fire!’ topic.
* Year 3’s trip to the British Museum to look at Stone Age and Iron Age artefacts.
* Year 4’s trip to Barnes Wetland Centre to look at local animals habitats.
* Year 5’s to Sky Studios to create their own news reports.
* Year 6’s visit from the author/illustrator William Grill where he taught the children the painting techniques he used in his book-‘Shackleton’s Journey’ which was their class text.
Culminating events are also an integral part of each curriculum as an opportunity for children to share their learning with parents and to communicate with a purpose e.g. having an audience. Some such events that close each values-led curriculum are Year 2’s Medieval Banquet, Year 3’s ‘McFlora Café’ that sells healthy options and Year 5’s Victorian-themed performance to parents from a workhouse.
We aim for each child to leave Flora Gardens Primary School with the experiences, skills, knowledge and personal achievements that make a holistic learner. Academic results matter, but equally so do the attributes and qualities that make each child an individual; and our personalised curriculum develops all of these in unison.
Our 6 school values are at the core of our curriculum and are embedded in everything that we do here at Flora Gardens Primary School. The curriculum at Flora Gardens Primary School aims to prepare children in understanding the world around them and prepare them for the next stage of their education. We want our pupils to be both engaged in their learning and engaging future citizens. The design of our wider curriculum is based on the pupils’ interests and links learning to real life experiences through broader, extra-curricular opportunities. By the time pupils have left Flora Gardens Primary School, they will have developed a range of both skills and knowledge through half termly Topic quizzing; opportunities to deliberately practise and skilful planning for progression and depth.
Each half term teachers plan and deliver the curriculum through a consistent approach. As part of this process, staff plan for and implement the following –
- A curriculum overview map that incorporates the National Curriculum objectives for that year group into the Topic
- Comprehensive Medium Term Plans that include progression statements for the Foundation Subjects taught within that Topic that half term and prior learning to build upon;
- A knowledge organiser that outlines the key knowledge, skills and Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary all children must master and learn;
- A series of lessons that build on the prior ones and careful consideration for revisiting knowledge, progression and depth;
- High Quality Texts chosen in conjunction with an External Literacy Advisor for the Borough, leading to an integrated Pie Corbett approach to English lessons immersing pupils in a language-rich environment;
- A ‘Hook’ to launch the Topic to ensure it is purposeful and substantive for the pupils;
- A low-stakes Topic quiz that encourages children to assimilate learning into their long-term memory, where gains are tracked with misconceptions planned for and addressed;
- A Workshop or Educational Visit each half term that develops significant learning within that Topic;
- A ‘Culminating Event’ to conclude each Topic where all learning is recapped and summarised, and where parents are invited to share their views and inform future curriculum design along with the children;
- Home Learning tasks for each Topic which encourage and invite collaborative learning involving parents/carers and the pupils;
- A curriculum overview and knowledge organiser for parents/carers so pupils can be supported in their learning at home.
We measure the impact of our Topic-values-based curriculum each half term through the following:
- Pupil, Parent and Teacher evaluations of each half-termly Topic that are used to inform future curriculum design, evaluating the effectiveness of the curriculum and inclusive of the impact of values incorporated into the Topics;
- Tracking of the gains in the Topic quizzes and a final End of Topic quiz;
- A celebration of work, knowledge and skills achieved on Topic displays across the school;
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes through informal tracking of subject progressions;
- Termly Foundation-Subject Assessments using the age-appropriate Subject Progressions;
- A Portfolio of ‘wider curriculum’ opportunities within the Curriculum Scrapbooks, ensuring Cultural Capital, PSHE and British Values are at the core of these;
- Termly Core-Subject Assessments used to inform future Interventions, Topics and address misconceptions.
- Termly celebrating and awarding of value badges for children who consistently demonstrate the values of the school.
Due to the National Restrictions in place currently as a result of Covid-19, some of the above Curriculum strategies are currently not being implemented for safety reasons. We endeavour to reinstate them all soon and as soon as limitations are lifted.
For information on each year group click HERE or please see your child’s class teacher. You can also arrange an appointment to see Mrs Asserati, Assistant Head.