Our Foundation Curriculum
We intend to provide an AMBITIOUS curriculum for all our pupils.
Our foundation curriculum is a thematic, knowledge based curriculum, rooted in acquisition of language and development of subject specific vocabulary. It is designed to build schema and cultural capital through providing enriching experiences, the opportunity to build on prior learning and stimulating philosophical discussion to reason, form opinion and develop a deeper appreciation of the world around us.
Curriculum Planning and Content
Our most valuable resource is the dedicated, highly-skilled teaching team. Planning lessons in collaboration within our school and across the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, teachers and teaching assistants are able to ensure and rich, varied and exciting learning experience for all pupils.
At Rowanfield Junior School, our teachers remind pupils of the connections between what is taught and learnt today, yesterday, tomorrow and the bigger picture. The foundation curriculum is thematic with clear links made across subjects so that the children can make links with their learning.
We follow these steps when planning exciting and engaging lessons for the Rowanfield Junior School children:
1. Tailor lessons according to the children's existing knowledge and skills
2. Use examples when teaching new content
3. Challenge the children to problem-solve with this new knowledge
4. Cut out any irrelevant information - don't get distracted!
5. Present information to the children orally, visually and kinaesthetically
6. Challenge the children to combine their new knowledge with their imagination to create something new with what they have learned
This is an essential part of all areas of learning at Rowanfield Junior School… put simply, what do the children already know?
Prior to any new theme being taught each term, our teachers have an understanding of what the children will have already covered from the National Curriculum in a previous year group.
Children use 'knowledge activators' at the start of a new term to show what they already know, and can build on these throughout the term as they acquire new understanding.
Philosophy 4 Children
Philosophy for Children (enquiry based learning) offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. All teachers at Great Oldbury Primary Academy have had training in the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach and use it as a tool to deliver some aspects of the Foundation Curriculum. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
P4C is a celebrated and well-known tool for enabling children to use and apply knowledge and commit it to their long-term memory.