At FPPF, we have established a rich, relevant and purposeful educational experience that allows us to develop the whole child and meet the needs and interests of our pupils. Our curriculum provides learning that has local, national and international dimensions.
Our knowledge rich curriculum allows children to build on their learning; progressively acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for the next stage in their education. This means ensuring children are not only confident in reading, writing and maths (subjects which support children in fully accessing the broad curriculum) but exposed to purposeful knowledge in all subject areas.
A well taught knowledge-rich education is potentially the driver for true equality for pupils from different backgrounds. Knowing things, not just recalling the bald facts but deeply understanding them gives pupils confidence. It helps them to discuss a wide range of live topics with their peers, irrespective of their backgrounds’. Dame Rachel de Souza
The accumulated wealth of human knowledge, and what we choose to pass on to the next generation through teaching in our schools (the curriculum), must be at the heart of education
Amanda Spielman (2018)
The knowledge that children need can be described as ‘Sticky Knowledge’. Whilst some knowledge is just interesting and fun facts that engage and wow the child, there is also the carefully selected ‘invaluable’ knowledge to be learned across all year groups and in all subjects. This latter form of knowledge is based on the National Curriculum and is planned in a sequential way so that the knowledge moves from a shallow knowledge, at first conception, to a rich and deep knowledge (schema building, alteration of long term memory) by the end of the key stage.
To achieve this at FPPF, we identify the invaluable knowledge for each year group in each subject; ‘what we want children to know’. This then progresses in complexity and understanding as the child progresses through their journey at FPPF. Previous learning is then activated through daily, weekly and monthly review in order to build on when introducing new concepts and topics; building confidence and fluency through deliberate practice.
“A major issue in learning is the inevitable, predictable and natural process of forgetting. Unless we review what we have learned, our memory of that information diminishes”.
Skills are a by-product of learning knowledge and a way of differentiating the complexity of the task. At FPPF, we aim for our children to have the ‘FPPF Values’ driven skills and attitudes that help them become life-long learners and succeed in their future. These are embedded in our curriculum and celebrated in our classes and in our wider school community.
Our curriculum enables our children to be successful, self-motivated, independent learners with a passion for learning.
- The curriculum at FPPF is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the invaluable knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the next stage in their learning and beyond; whilst ensuring the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum are met.
- Through our Federation Values of passion, well-being and respect, our curriculum supports the development of the whole child and promotes the key skills and attitudes that we want our children to show before they leave our schools.
- The curriculum celebrates inclusiveness and diversity; utilising the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community.
FPPF Intent is summarised as:
National curriculum and Our Vision - Our Values - Our community
At FPPF, we ensure that our curriculum and delivery complies with the Equality Act 2020 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations. We strive to make our curriculum accessible, challenging and engaging for all pupils.