Our small rural school welcomes and includes everyone as a child of God. We recognise that every person has value and deserves the best we can give. Our education explores old and new horizons, and strives to deliver a rigorous curriculum of excellence so that each person is empowered to realise their gifts to the full. We offer challenge, support and loving commitment so that each person can engage in the world with resilience, hope and wisdom. We have faith in God and faith in each other.
We respect and value the context of our school and the children within it. Friskney is a rural village with a history that is important to the local community. We embrace and support the local history and context within our school and curriculum.
Our Curriculum aims to open the children's eyes to as many new horizons as possible. This is through the design of our curriculum and is enriched with visits externally, visitors in school and using modern technology to explore wider horizons culturally, aspirationally and geographically.
We provide a diverse curriculum, which evolves from the Early Years Foundation Stage and then into the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, using pupils’ interests and our locality as starting points. We feel that learning is most productive when children know what they are aiming to achieve, where their learning fits in with the wider picture of their learning journey, when the basic skills of English and Mathematics are firmly embedded in daily practice and when they are given the opportunity to apply those skills through problem solving, independent research and teamwork challenges.
We nurture our pupils and aim to support them in developing their full potential, both academically and as a whole person, in order to be the best version of themselves as independent and responsible adults. We aim to provide them with the skills to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives.
Our curriculum aims to allow every child to reach their potential, regardless of background, ethnicity, special eduational need or disability. This is in line with the equality act 2010 and the special educational needs and disability regulation 2014. Please see our accessibility policy for more information.
Please see the document below to access our whole school curriculum. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our curriculum please feel free to contact our curriculum leader Tina Wood.
We strongly believe that it is every pupil’s right to learn to read and we strive to ensure that every child is a confident, fluent reader by the end of Key Stage One. Reading is the vehicle through which children access many other areas of the curriculum and subsequently can open the door to many other aspects in the wider world and therefore, we place great emphasis on ensuring daily, high quality, systematic, discrete phonics teaching is delivered consistently across our academy. At our school we follow the Read Write Inc. programme to teach phonics. This rigorous and sequential approach to teaching phonics ensures that our children enter Key Stage Two as confident readers and that they are prepared for the next stage of their education.
Reading is taught in all classes from Y2 onwards to those who have completed the RWI programme. In the session many aspects of reading will be covered to help continue your child’s reading journey. Class teachers will discuss new and unknown vocabulary. They will read to the children first, adding emphasis and tone to their voice where the author has intended this but also show how speech marks means a character will speak. They will also discuss why the author has made vocabulary choices and sentence structures. This is done by using VIPERS questions.
At Friskney All Saints, the aim of our writing curriculum is to equip pupils with the necessary skills and vocabulary to communicate effectively through a wide variety of written media, not only through their educational experiences but beyond this, into their adult lives. It is our intent that pupils will go on to fully utilise the medium of writing to entertain, persuade, inform and advise, developing an appreciation of the power and influence of the written word. We want our pupils to use language confidently and expressively, taking pride in their written work, using editing and refining skills as they reflect upon their compositions.
Our objectives in the teaching of English are:
• to provide a well-planned and resourced curriculum
• to ensure that objectives set for pupils are clear, realistic and obtainable
• to provide purposeful and real experiences to develop English skills
• to encourage the use of discussion, debate and drama, to explore ideas
• to enable pupils to speak clearly and audibly, and to take account of their listeners
• to encourage pupils to listen with concentration, in order to identify the main points of what they have heard
• to be role-models for pupils on how to adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances and demands, taking into account the correct use of Standard English
• to develop pupils’ love of reading, encouraging pupils to read for enjoyment
• to help pupils to become confident, independent readers, through an appropriate focus on word, sentence and text-level knowledge
• to develop enthusiastic and reflective readers, through contact with challenging and substantial texts
• to teach pupils to adapt their writing depending upon context, purpose and audience
• to encourage accurate and meaningful writing, be it narrative or non-fiction • to improve the planning, drafting and editing of their written work
• to enable pupils to apply their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum
At Friskney All Saints, we believe mathematics is an important part of children’s development throughout school, right from an early age. Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at Friskney, is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
As is in line with our vision, we Explore Old and New Horizons by ensuring we use knowledge the children are secure with to support new learning. We feel that developing a positive mathematical mindset, is the key to all children fulfilling their mathematical potential. We strive for excellence in the mathematical curriculum we deliver in order that children Realise their Gifts by reaching their potential in their mathematical understanding. All children are challenged within lessons and lessons are delivered using the Mastery Maths approach. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Arithmetic and basic math skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.