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Primary School


At Fernhurst Primary School, it is our intention to support our children to become lifelong learners; who have the knowledge and skill to be successful at the next stage of their educational journey.

As a school and community we have created a vision for Fernhurst Learners, which links closely to the values and aims of the University of Chichester Academy Trust.  Please use the links below to find out more information.

Fernhurst Curriculum Statement

Trust Curriculum Statement

This journey starts in the Early Years.  We use the 'Reception Baseline Assessment' to help identify accurate starting points when children join us.  This information is then used to inform curriculum planning so that children are challenged in their learning.  Adults in EYFS support children to learn through a range of indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.  There is a combination of adult led activities each day and continuous provision.

Ongoing assessment is used throughout the school with teacher assessments being made in all lessons.  Pre-unit assessments are completed two weeks prior to a unit of work to inform teachers of any gaps in understanding so that these can be addressed before the unit starts.  Post-unit assessments then check if children have retained their learning. Ongoing retrieval practice is in place to support children to revisit key learning and ensure that they can apply their knowledge in different contexts. 

We have a bespoke 'Explore Curriculum' which has been written explicitly for our children.  It has a strong connection with the South Downs and the local area as well as environmental issues and equality.  

What is the Explore Curriculum?

The Explore Curriculum is a creative while retaining high expectations with regards to the knowledge that children will develop during their time at Fernhurst.  The curriculum is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.  It covers History, Geography, Art, DT and Science.  Other subjects link with the work covered, for example in English and Maths.  

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively.  Enrichment opportunities are used to support contextual understanding of content and there are opportunities for family learning each term.


Maths at Fernhurst is taught using the White Rose Maths Scheme of work, this is used in both KS1 and KS2.

White Rose Maths is a resource that has been designed for UK schools based on research and extensive experience of teaching and learning around the world and here in the UK. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that EVERYONE can learn maths successfully.

The philosophy behind White Rose Maths is that being successful in maths is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing. Many people feel they were taught maths in a way that was about memorising formulas and calculation methods, then having to apply them without any real understanding of how these methods actually work.

In Key Stage 2 pupils use Times Tables Rockstars to practice and improve their skills.  It also ensures that the pupils work at the level and pace that is right for them.  

Check out TutorBot for some free online games which practice these key skills.

KS1  Calculation Policy

Lower KS2 Maths Calculation Policy

Upper KS2 Maths Calculation Policy


Reading is taught using VIPERS alongside a range of high quality texts.  

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the six reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for:






Sequence or Summarise

The teachers use a range of high quality fiction and non fiction books as well as playscripts and poetry within reading lessons.

Writing is taught daily and follows the Hamilton Trust scheme of work.  Grammar can be taught discretely but in line with when there are opportunities within the writing to apply the grammar taught.  Spellings are taught using Spelling Shed and every child learning spellings has a log in for their account which they can access from home.  It is important that writing is enjoyed and as such, there are lots of opportunities to select a viewpoint to write from and writing is completed in different subjects to give a wide range of experiences.  

Phonics is taught using Little Wandle scheme - please refer to the English page to find further information about phonics and a presentation to explain how to help your child at home. 

Please see below our Long Term Plans.

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