Our Foundation Curriculum
The GLA Curriculum Vision:
We intend to provide an AMBITIOUS curriculum for all our pupils.
Our GLA Foundation Curriculum is a knowledge-connected curriculum, rooted in acquisition of language and development of subject specific vocabulary. It is designed to build schema and cultural capital through providing enriching experiences, the opportunity to build on prior learning and stimulating philosophical discussion to reason, form opinion and develop a deeper appreciation of the world around us.
Rowanfield Infant School
Our Curriculum promotes the highest standards of personal and collective achievement across all ability ranges. It grabs the attention, builds on knowledge and provides cultural capital, stimulates and stretches the imagination, stirs the senses and instils a passion for lifelong learning.
Intent: Our foundation curriculum is continually evolving and developing as a tailor-made programme to provide a rich and diverse range of learning experiences that builds on and provides cultural capital. Oracy is at the heart of all we do. These experiences are planned to motivate and stimulate enquiring minds and embed a lifelong love of learning. Children use the experiences provided to them as a solid foundation for writing outcomes.
Implementation: Foundation subjects have a clear progression of skills and knowledge against a back drop of exciting and motivating contexts. Children make links between their learning and can recognise how different subjects connect together giving them a clear direction for their learning. Children are involved in, and increasingly help, to design their own learning journey. Teachers encourage children to strive for their very best by engaging them in work that allows children choice and independence and this is evident in all classes. Every child will be challenged to investigate, explore, question and seek solutions to develop their own knowledge, ideas and principles.
Anticipated Impact: Throughout their journey in our school, children learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and be understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. As they begin to develop into young adults, they transfer to secondary school with support and encouragement from the whole community.
This is an essential part of all areas of learning at Rowanfield Infant School... put simply, what do the children already know?
Prior to any new theme being taught each term, our teachers have an understanding of what the children will have covered according to the National Curriculum in a previous year group. Children 'knowledge activators' at the start of a new term to show what they already know, and can build on these throughout the term as they acquire new understanding.
Philosophy 4 Children
Philosophy for Children (enquiry based learning) offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. All teachers at Rowanfield Infant School have had training on P4C and use it as a tool to deliver some aspects of the Foundation Curriculum. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
P4C is a celebrated and well-know tool for enabling children to use and apply knowledge and commit it to their long-term memory.