As part of the Northern Education Trust the Local Academy Governors, parents and staff are committed to fostering a community of caring learners and to providing an academic curriculum that develops a broad knowledge base with a commitment to basic skills.
At The Ferns Primary Academy we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all children to ‘be the best they can be'. The English and mathematics curriculum follows ‘mastery principals’: ensuring children have opportunities to embed learning before moving onto the next topic. The curriculum is inclusive and imaginative : stimulating young minds as well as preparing them for the modern world.
Literature lies at the heart of the school’s English curriculum: the children read both contemporary and classical British authors as well as literature from around the world. We foster a love of reading and provide our pupils with rich texts and a vibrant environment.The termly plan is split into units of work – enabling children to master a writing style before moving on.
There is a termly plan for each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. Each term is split into twelve weeks. As part of each overview, a significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This ensures students build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Students who are successful with number are much more confident mathematicians.
The wider curriculum
The National Curriculum subjects are taught discretely and through topics, this ensures children become skilled in Science, Computing and the foundation subjects. The school is committed to developing an appreciation of visual and performance art alongside inspiring the next generation of historians and geographers. Throughout the curriculum British values of: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are interwoven.
We promote high level thinking and use Kagan strategies to promote collaboration. High level thinking, questioning and investigation are key to the environments that we want to create in our school and we use IT (Ipads and laptops) in learning every day to support SOLE (self-organised learning environments), where we believe our children are motivated to learn. This is complimented by a bespoke music program where every child in our school has the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
We use the key skills of Enterprise (innovation, teamwork, leadership, creativity, financial literacy, decision making and positive attitude) to instill a 'Can Do!' attitude in all of our pupils. We encourage critical and creative thinking within a challenging and supportive environment which develops individuals as both independent and collaborative learners.
At The Ferns Primary Academy it is expected that every pupil will strive to fulfil his or her unique potential, while also acting as a worthy member of the School community.