Curriculum Overview Intent statement
At Folly Hill we believe that children’s learning should be vivid, real, exciting and enjoyable. Learning should be presented in such a way that it is accessible to all. In order to achieve this, we created a broad, balanced curriculum offering the children firsthand experiences, encouraging independence, creativity and a love of learning utilising the whole school environment indoors and outdoors, and meeting the needs of our school community.
Our curriculum is everything that happens in school. It reflects the school’s aims and values and hence, everything that happens in school or through school is part of our curriculum. It goes beyond the statutory National Curriculum, and we provide a nurturing environment in which all children can experience the joy of learning continuing throughout their development into becoming responsible citizens. Developing confident communicators is a priority for us and by immersing children in a word rich environment we offer children the opportunity to develop a passion for language.
We view learning as a lifelong process and so provide a rich and vibrant curriculum that enables all children to learn, retain and apply knowledge and skills which they can transfer across all areas of the curriculum. In order to achieve this a culture of curiosity and mastery underpins the curriculum and each subject. We provide learning opportunities through broad themes(topics) which inspire, enthuse and enable the children to make logical connections between the different aspects of their learning.
As a TEAM we have created long term plans which ensure progression within a context. Teachers then use this to create medium term plans and short-term plans where they highlight learning intentions, key vocabulary, assessment opportunities and clear differentiation to ensure all of our teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs to all children.
All children have a right to access a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account, developing them as individuals to ensure they make excellent progress from their various starting points.
Work in school should be designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Growth Mindset at Folly Hill - click here
At Folly Hill School we feel children learn best when . . .
a variety of learning styles is embraced
they are motivated and well-challenged
they feel secure in their environment
learning clearly defined and matched to ability
they are confident to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings
there is praise and encouragement
they are valued as individuals
resources are easily available, adequate and well organised
there is support and encouragement at home
they are given time to reflect and consolidate
there is an ethos of mutual respect through the school community
they are encouraged to value their learning and their view is respected
they are encouraged to learn through taking risks as a building block to learning
they are physically and mentally stimulated
they enjoy themselves!
Aims and values of Folly Hill School
We aim to provide the people of our school with the knowledge, the skills, the confidence and the determination to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live and work.
As a school we aim to facilitate:
Working hard, aiming high and having fun through:
Recognising, encouraging and promoting talents of all kinds, and endeavouring to provide an environment in which everyone can reach his/her potential.
Developing the joy of learning by providing a curriculum and professional development which is flexible, relevant and meaningful for everyone, striving to develop independent, persevering learners.
Setting before pupils the highest standards of honesty, integrity, endeavour, self-discipline, co-operation and care for others.
Preparing pupils for the next stage of their education and for the rest of their lives.
A healthy lifestyle through:
Promoting physical, aesthetic, mental, creative and practical ability so as to enable everyone to lead an active, healthy life.
Promoting the benefits of a healthy diet and providing healthy food options and opportunities to drink plenty of water.
Staying safe through
Awareness of potential threats to health and well-being.
Together we are a TEAM