Our approach to curriculum at Forest Fields is ambitious and intends to develop children's character alongside their academic knowledge and skills. It is ambitious in the belief that all children are able to master all of the content of the national curriculum, as well as gain the cultural capital needed in order to succeed in school and modern society. We work hard ensure that our curriculum is inclusive and we ensure that we make amendments where necessary so that all of our learners are able to access fully what we have to offer.*
The curriculum is delivered through high quality classroom instruction by teachers and teaching assistants who are well trained in the fundamentals of English, maths and Early Years practices. Alongside this we have specialist professionals who support the delivery of PE or modern foreign languages for example. We pride ourselves on making experiences practical and enjoyable, in science especially, and children reap the benefits of this approach through their positive attitudes and behaviour towards the school and their engagement with the curriculum.
Despite a multitude of social barriers, in particular a very transient student population, we are achieving well and the impact of the curriculum, as it continues to develop, is having showing positive effects for more children through increased attainment and progress scores by the time children leave us in Year 6. We continue to develop every child's character through a focus on our school values, at the same time as each subject in the curriculum with knowledge building and children's ability to read and communicate what they know at the heart of all we do.
The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the learning of children due to the difficulties of learning from home during lock downs. The positive consequences for learning are that children and families are now more able to learn online and the blended curriculum offer is something that will enable catch up over time. It also offers more opportunities for home learning over the long term and we aim for our in-school and online curricula to become blended seamlessly.
*Our curriculum and practices comply fully with the duties of the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. We will always work closely with families and other agencies to ensure that this is the case. Where individual children need exceptionally high levels of support we work with the local authority or other organisations in order to provide additional training and resources for staff where this is needed so that children are best supported with whatever their needs may be.