Our School Curriculum
Although the Forest Town curriculum is underpinned by the aims of the National Curriculum, it is based upon a thematic approach
which ensures connections in learning are made. It has been designed to recognise and build upon our children’s learning through the
use of a progressive set of skills, knowledge and understanding for each subject. These not only allow the previous learning to
become embedded, but also give the children a good foundation of knowledge to build their new learning from. It offers a variety of
experiences such as visitors and trips for the children to develop a wider knowledge of the world; it allows our children to be
adventurous whilst developing perseverance. Every child is recognised as an individual and we celebrate the differences within our
Children leave Forest Town Primary as creative thinkers with a sense of belonging to a school family with the confidence and skills to
become life long learners.
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Reading at Forest Town
At Forest Town we aim to develop children who have a love of reading whilst developing key skills such as fluency and comprehension. Staff share a high quality, engaging books with children that are linked to their topic. A love of reading is developed from our youngest children in F1 through daily story sessions and speaking and listening activities. Phonics is taught from F1-Yr2 and as a school we follow letters and sounds alongside the Jolly Phonics actions and pictures. We ask parents to support their children at home by reading at least four times a week to practice skills learnt within school.
Writing at Forest Town
Writing starts with our youngest children where all mark making is celebrated. Gross and fine motors skills are developed in Foundation to enable children to be able to physically write. As the children move through school, writing opportunities are purposeful and linked to the class topic. The children are taught Grammar techniques through the use of 'Rainbow Grammar' which they then apply within their writing. We have high expectations for our children and expect the best presentation and handwriting at all times.
Maths at Forest Town
At Forest Town we want all our children to love maths and develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our aims are for children to explore maths through practical, reasoning and problem solving activities. We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning and use a range of resources to encourage deep understanding of mathematical concepts through carefully planned activities.
Computing at Forest Town
At FTPS, we teach computing skills as a specific subject and also integrate computing across the curriculum. We teach the specific computing skills through the use of the iCompute Scheme. We aim to familiarise children with all aspects of modern technology and to promote their confidence, increasing their capability to use computing in later life. We teach the children how to use word publishing and processing facilities, how to store and retrieve information, how to use databases and spreadsheets and how to use logo and programmable toys e.g. roamers for control. We also place an emphasis on learning how a computer works and the importance of e-safety
Religious Education at Forest Town
RE is statutory for all registered pupils on the school roll. The school follows the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE and suitable alternative provision will be made.At FTPS we believe that for the children to really engage with RE, it must first and foremost relate to the child. Children are taught RE during whole school timetabled weeks at least once a half term, giving children opportunities to learn about RE and reflect on previous learning.