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.
We use “Cornerstones” as the basis of our curriculum.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning.
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.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs. Please click here to see an overview of our curriculum.
We follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme for our Key Stage 1 Phonics teaching. Read, Write, Inc. is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Using Read, Write, Inc. the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using Read, Write, Inc. to read the children will:
- Work in small ability groups with children who are at the same reading level as themselves.
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- Learn to read words using Fred Talk.
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using Read, Write, Inc. to write the children will:
- Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.
Below is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially the pure letter sounds that your children are learning. There is also a link to The Oxford University Press website that has some useful tools for parents/carers.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
To support the children's reading we use a number of different schemes in school including The Oxford Reading Tree and Dandelion Readers. We use a variety of schemes to enable us to cater for our children's differing interests.
Please click here to view a presentation on "Helping your child learn to Read".
We encourage children to become curious, independent writers at an early age. As a school, we follow the principles of Talk for Writing. Please click here to find out more.
Maths at Fernhurst is taught using the “Power Maths” Scheme of work, this is used in both KS1 and KS2.
What is Power Maths?
Power 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 Power 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. Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and develop their conceptual understanding. Power Maths uses growth mindset characters to prompt, encourage and question children. They spark curiosity, engage reasoning, secure understanding and deepen learning for all.
How will the lessons work?
Each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, that bring the lessons to life:
- Discover – each lesson begins with a problem to solve, often a real-life example, sometimes a puzzle or a game. These are engaging and fun, and designed to get all children thinking.
- Share – the class shares their ideas and compares different ways to solve the problem, explaining their reasoning with hands-on resources and drawings to make their ideas clear. Children are able to develop their understanding of the concept with input from the teacher.
- Think together – the next part of the lesson is a journey through the concept, digging deeper and deeper so that each child builds on secure foundations while being challenged to apply their understanding in different ways and with increasing independence.
- Practice – now children practice individually or in small groups, rehearsing and developing their skills to build fluency, understanding of the concept and confidence.
- Reflect – finally, children are prompted to reflect on and record their learning from each session and show how they have grasped the concept explored in the lesson.
Maths Learning at home:
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. Please click here to view the Presentation "Maths for Mums & Dads", which aims to make maths a daily feature at home as well as school through regular, everyday activities.