At Franche, we believe that the development of a child’s speech, language and communication skills is fundamental to all learning. These skills provide the foundations for children to access all aspects of the curriculum and to meet their full potential in school and throughout their lives.
The development of a child’s language skills directly correlate with the acquisition of basic skills needed to be successful in reading, writing and maths. Similarly, good language skills promote the growth of curiosity, concentration, memory, vocabulary and reasoning skills.
We also recognise that well developed speech, language and communication skills enable children to develop healthy social relationships, and good emotional understanding and resilience. These skills will provide children with the fundamentals needed be successful, life long learners and to make positive contributions to the world around them.
As a school, we have adopted The Balanced System™ framework as a whole system approach to improving the speech, language and communication needs of all children in our setting. As part of this we work together with the NHS Speech and Language team, who work within the school as part of our Franche team three days per week.
The Balanced System™ framework identifies five key areas, of which all need to be addressed if systemic change is to be achieved and sustained. Support must be developed across these five key areas at three levels; universal (whole school), targeted (for some learners), and specialist (for a few learners).
At Franche, Science is an exciting and engaging subject in which all children thrive through enjoyment and curiosity. There is a real buzz amongst pupils for the subject, as it is a wonderful topic in which to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, challenge, reflection and thinking!
Our primary aim in science is clear; to spark curiosity! With practical investigations at the heart of our science learning, we allow children to learn through questioning, exploration, analysis and explanation. We encourage our children to be able to question the world around them and make meaningful links to everyday life, where possible. Through our lessons, we make ourselves aware of our impact on the world around us and consider ways in which we can contribute towards a better future, for our planet and its inhabitants.
In each topic, investigations are integral to the scientific learning journey and we work hard to ensure children are given the opportunity to explore the skills required to work scientifically. Our aim is to enable children to develop these skills to foster a lifelong passion for science and a thirst for knowledge!
We have developed a common approach to scientific investigation, following the 5 C’s of Science: Consider, Carry Out, Collect, Compare and Conclude. This approach starts in Year 1 and is progressively built upon, until children are fully confident in:
Making reasoned predictions
Developing methods to answer questions
Across the school, children follow the content of the National Curriculum for England, with opportunities for additional science learning. To ensure that our children are fully immersed in the wider creative curriculum, the science coverage for each year group is included within the curriculum map.
Below are some useful website to extend your child's Scientific knowledge and understanding further:
At Franche Primary we embed the key skills and knowledge of Geography within purposeful and engaging cross-curricular topics to inspire children’s natural curiosity about the world and its people. Through the study of both human and physical Geography, children will be encouraged to understand and respect the differences between a wide range of people and environments.
Fieldwork skills will be taught in school and off-site which will include the gathering of data, use of digital technology and communicating geographical information in a variety of ways. In addition to this, to ensure depth of knowledge and understanding, our weekly ‘Where in the World sessions’ explore local and global issues whilst developing map skills to become competently map-literate. These relevant learning opportunities and experiences will ensure that children develop an understanding of where they are within the world.
Home learning help
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History at Franche enables pupils to develop a clear understanding of change over time, and cause and effect through exciting, coherent cross-curricular topics. We provide a broad History curriculum which covers a wide range of topics, covering the earliest civilizations through to modern periods such as the Second World War.
Teaching will encompass the history of the wider world alongside Britain’s past. This will enable the children to further develop their understanding of key British Values such as democracy and government. In addition, moral development is promoted by considering and commenting on moral dilemmas, linking to the value of justice.
Pupils’ knowledge and understanding of these periods of time is deepened through developing the key historical skills of:
In order to enhance learning experiences and support children’s spiritual development and curiosity, the children will have opportunities to visit historically significant places and museums displaying primary and secondary source material. Pupils will learn to understand the reasons why interpretations of these sources will differ depending on the context. Through historical enquiry, children will be encouraged to develop their skills of questioning and reasoning to enhance their knowledge and communicate their ideas effectively. Social and cultural understanding is promoted through collaborative and team working activities, recognising similarities between the past and present as well as understanding how other cultures have impacted on our ‘British’ culture.
Home learning help
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Franche Primary School believes that Religions Education has an important part to play in the education of children. As well as developing knowledge, understanding and awareness of different religions, pupils will reflect on their own ideas and moral values which help them make sense of the big questions about life. We aim to teach our pupils to develop a tolerant, broad and balanced understanding about world religions as well as empathy and respect for others and their beliefs to equip them for life in modern Britain.
At Franche Primary, the syllabus requires that pupils learn about and build upon their knowledge of Christianity every year. In addition to this, pupils will also learn about the religions of Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Non-religious world views, such as Humanism, are also studied in Key Stage 2.
The Religious Education curriculum will be based on three elements:
1) Making sense of beliefs – identifying and making sense of core religious and non-religious beliefs and concepts
2) Understanding the impact – examining how and why people their beliefs into actions
3) Making connections – evaluating, reflecting and connecting the beliefs and practices studied
Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Franche Primary
exploring scared texts
using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
meeting visitors from local religious communities
making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
taking part in whole school events- (multi-faith and international days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
participating in moments of quiet reflection
recording their thoughts in their ‘Reflection Journey’ books
participating in assemblies
using ICT to further explore religion and belief globally
comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these
At Franche Community Primary School we take pride in knowing that our pupils describe their school as, “a place where everyone is welcome ... they feel safe and well cared for.” OFSTED 2019. Our Franche Values underpin all that we do across the whole school community and they inform our planning for teaching and learning in all subject areas. Through our personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) our aim is to ensure children are equipped to be able to make positive choices and take responsibility for these different aspects of their lives. Our PSHE curriculum takes the needs of our individual learners into account and incorporates all aspects of the RSE requirements. We have been ‘early adopters’ of the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum which will become statutory nationally in September 2020, the policy for which can be found below. Our PSHE curriculum takes into account the RSE requirements and is therefore taught according to the following themes:
Living in the wider world
Technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives and therefore the Computing Curriculum has been designed to prepare and teach children about how technology can make a difference to the world.
At Franche Primary School, children are taught the essential elements of computing; digital literacy, information technology and computer science (see definitions below), which are fully embedded within exciting and relevant cross-curricular topics. These have been developed to meet the needs of the children and introduce them to a wide range of skills and problems.
Through guided tasks, children are taught to use algorithms using a range of software and apps. They are then taught the skills of debugging and have to solve any problems they might encounter within their programming. Additionally, children are taught how to use multimedia including pictures, sound and video within the work they create on a computer using various tools and software available to them such as cameras and web searches. It is of vital importance that children are taught how to remain safe whilst searching the web. We recommend that the children use a search engine called Kiddle.co when browsing the internet as it is a safe search engine. Furthermore, children are taught skills during Computing lessons of how to identify if a website is a trustworthy, real or reliable source of information and that we shouldn’t believe everything we see or read on the internet.
In addition to this, one of the most important elements of the Computing Curriculum is teaching children to use computer equipment and the internet safely. Safe and responsible use is planned into every unit of work and children are given clear messages on how to protect themselves online. The school has a comprehensive E-Safety policy which can be found in the Policies section of this website. The policy includes age appropriate acceptable use agreements that all children and adults working in the school are asked to sign. These agreements outline what is considered appropriate behaviour and have been written in collaboration with the School Council and Digital Leaders. In addition to this, E-Safety messages are shared with the children during E-Safety week and through assemblies.
The Computing Curriculum is broken up into three different categories.
Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions create and debug simple programs
Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
Learn to challenge and question information on the internet for it’s validity
Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
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At Franche, we are also incredibly lucky to have our very own team of Digital Leaders. These are a group of children who are helping their peers and teachers in our school with their technological knowledge and with the computing curriculum.
What is a Digital Leader's job?
Our job, as Digital Leaders, is to help our friends and peers learn how to be safe online. We help them by: recommending safe websites such as Kiddle, teaching them how to be safe using games like Interland, telling them about CEOP and suggesting new ways about how to be safe online. We are friendly, approachable and helpful members of Franche Primary School and will always be there to listen to any problems or worries that any of our friends or peers have. During our meetings, we come up with new ideas about how to make the school a safe place online and how to teach the children in our school about using the computers, iPads and internet.
Keeping Safe Online
Within our immersive and inspiring arts curriculum, encompassing a comprehensive enrichment and extra-curricular programme, we endeavour to ensure children explore, investigate and experience a broad range of arts activities.
Through our creative curriculum we encourage children to investigate the lives and work of both local and famous artists. We pride ourselves on the breadth of experiences and visiting professionals that staff and children have the opportunity to encounter during their time at Franche. Children can develop their skills in a meaningful way, intrinsic to and often shaping their other learning whilst also developing their understanding of aspirations within the arts through meeting others or looking at the work of an illustrator or professional musician, dancer or actor for example.
Through process art and use of sketch books to develop and practise ideas, children develop their skills, evaluating, refining and improving their work. Focusing importance on the learning journey ensures that the artistic focus is not solely centred on an end product. In this way, negative feelings around the idea of the perfect picture, piece of music or dance are diminished. Repeating, improving and recording in this way ensures that children will, therefore, take risks, rise to meet challenges and be confidently creative.
This reinforces both our growth mindset manifesto and fosters strong links with personal, social and emotional development. Introducing Arts Award supported this approach and promoted the importance of the arts as the children enthusiastically complete the challenges and discuss their work and experiences with others.
Exemplifying the commitment, enthusiasm and value placed upon the Arts at Franche, shared learning opportunities involving staff, children, parents and carers, as well as the wider community, gives everyone here the chance to engage, enthuse and excel in the Arts. A pupil-staff choir, a pupil-staff band, Parent/Carer workshops and whole school celebration such as Arts Week are just a few examples of the way that the Arts are accessible to everyone at Franche.
As a result of our high standards and dedication to the arts, we have been awarded Artsmark Silver and Music Mark awards and our second cohort of pupils are currently completing their Arts Award with enthusiasm. We aim to continue aspiration through inspiration, fostering a love of the Arts that permeates throughout the school.
At Franche, music provides opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and compose. In addition to this, children develop listening skills in order to appreciate a wide variety of musical styles and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. Lessons deliver the fundamental aspects of music; pulse, pitch, rhythm, composition and performance as well as listening and appreciation.
At our school, music is taught to all children, whatever their ability and individual needs. Music forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children and has cross curricular links with many other subjects. Through our music teaching, we;
Provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make good progress
Aim to extend children’s experiences through workshop initiatives with external Professional Musicians. This has included the talents of spoon percussionist Jo May and the professional choir, the Armonico Consort.
Strive to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, Gifted and Talented pupils, and those learning English as an additional language.
From Year 2, children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. Pupils can receive tuition in flute, clarinet, keyboard, piano, drum kit, guitar and voice. The school Music Specialist staff believe passionately that all children should be given the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Therefore, all students in Year 4 learn the recorder in a whole-class setting as their weekly music lessons.
As a community school, we strongly believe music enriches the lives of people, and it is our aim to involve as many children as possible in musical activities both within the school day and as extra-curricular activities. Singing is featured in all whole school assemblies and there are two choirs; one for Upper school and one for Lower school. Our staff choir helps to support our school growth mindset policy and provides inspiration for pupils to develop a ‘have a go’ attitude.
At Franche, music lessons and extra-curricular activities are planned and taught by a dedicated Specialist Teacher; Mr Dibble. Mrs Gudger also works alongside him providing opportunities for children within our Lower School.
Learning a foreign language is a wonderful way of developing a broader understanding of the wider world and at Franche, our chosen language at Key Stage Two is Spanish. Each class receives Spanish lessons, delivered by a specialist teacher, which enables us to ensure progression throughout this phase and prepare pupils for Secondary Education.
For many of the children at Franche, their lessons at school may be their first contact with another language, therefore our aim is to deliver a curriculum that nurtures pupils’ curiosity and develops understanding of Spanish through a variety of challenging, skill-based activities. Equal emphasis is placed on the skills of listening and responding, speaking, reading and writing, alongside knowledge about culture. Where possible, lessons are linked with cross-curricular year band topics and are taught through singing songs, learning rhymes, role play, presentations, using ICT and games.
We aim to encourage children to develop their inter-cultural knowledge through whole-school International days and celebrations. We also offer further language-learning opportunities through our Enrichment programme and after-school clubs.
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The Department for Education have said they want to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have since been strengthened.
At Franche Community Primary School we celebrate these values regularly in a range of ways:
Our pupils are encouraged to air views, debate issues and have a clear voice.
We have a thriving school council for pupils from Year 1 to Year 6, ensuring the voice of the school population is heard at the highest levels.
Children stand for election to the council every year and are chosen through a secret ballot – always an exciting and thought provoking time in school, where pupils report to staff that they vote not for their best friend necessarily, but for the person they genuinely believe will represent them the most successfully.
The council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class meetings and through the individual year band’s suggestion boxes. The council is about to receive its first budget and is able to introduce change.
Individual children in Year 6 are elected to positions of responsibility such as House Captains and Head Boy and Head Girl. The children will put themselves forward and provide a short explanation of why they would be best for the job before the elections take place.
Through our curriculum children are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services.
Our children are given a voice in the form of various questionnaires to seek their views on a range of issues including what they think works well in school and what could be improved and also in connection with their happiness and sense of security at school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Franche.
From an early age, the rules of the school are embedded in the pupils. They are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, understanding that they govern and protect us.
Pupils learn that that following rules and behaving well and with respect for others is rewarded through our reward tickets and weekly prizes. They also learn that breaking the rules, of the class or the school, has consequences, for example, break or lunchtime detentions.
We have regular visits from our local police officers, who have an office on our site, along with visits from the fire and ambulance services. All help to reinforce these messages.
At Franche, we provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe, supportive environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety work and classroom discussions.
Franche has a robust anti bullying culture and clear behaviour policies in place.
The curriculum we offer allows all individuals to join in and be involved with activities, including trips or visits out of school and residential visits.
Children’s achievements are celebrated in assemblies and also in weekly newsletters.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. All members of the school community follow our Golden Rule ‘Treat other people as you would like them to treat you’. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
At Franche pupils are not only taught to respect each other but to be kind and helpful too. We see this across the school but especially during house play where the children from the same houses from Years 1 to 6 will play together in designated zones. It is amazing to see the older children helping, playing with and looking after the younger members of their house so well.
Our RE curriculum at Franche provides a broad and balanced education on a range of religions and faiths. We provide opportunities for the children to not only celebrate various festivals but visit places of significant cultural interest and places of worship. We also actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.
Our aim is to support our pupils to grow healthily, safely and responsibly and to become active citizens who do their bit for society and for the environment. At Franche Community Primary School, we understand the need for everyone in our school to have a healthy lifestyle. Within the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is vital that these areas are explored in a safe and supportive environment. We actively promote physical and emotional health, and aim to equip pupils with the understanding and skills they need to make informed decisions both now and in the future. By championing healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and emotional health and well-being, we are aiming to raise standards and improve levels of pupil achievement. This is supported by a high-quality Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. During PE lessons, the children are given the chance to improve their confidence, health and fitness. There are also opportunities outside of lessons for children to partake in competitive and non-competitive sporting activities which help develop their character and embed values such as fairness and respect. Pupils at Franche, from Reception to Year Six, have the fantastic opportunity to access our on-site swimming pool. These lessons are taught by a fully qualified STA swimming instructor ensuring the children are provided with the necessary skills in becoming competent and confident swimmers.
Along with physical development, we teach the children about the benefits of a healthy balanced diet; which provide the nutrients to help them grow and develop. The school is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy eating. We believe everyone has the right to nutrition, hydration and healthy a healthy lifestyle. Food plays a significant role in determining health and wellbeing. We ensure this happens in school through the food we offer, the lessons we deliver and wider opportunities made available to the children. Our overriding aim is to ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition in school promote the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and visitors to our school.
To support pupils to make healthy food choices and to be better prepared to learn and achieve.
To ensure a consistent approach to healthy eating across the school community including pupils, staff and parents/ carers.
To ensure pupils and staff receive tasty, nutritious, affordable and safe food during the school day and have easy access to a drinking water supply.
Through the school curriculum, both formal and informal, messages about food and nutrition, food production, food hygiene, manufacturing and sustainability is delivered.
A positive food culture is maintained throughout the school and wider community.
At all times, we aim to offer our children and staff a nutritious balanced diet by following The National School Food Standards 2015 and by using local, fresh, seasonal produce meeting or exceeding Government standards. Much research has shown that children who have a healthy, nutritious meal are more focused and ready to learn. ‘When children eat better, they do better’ – Children’s Food Trust. As a Food For Life school, we take pride in creating a positive food culture promoting growing, cooking and involving the whole community. We will consult with The School Nutrition Action Group, (SNAG), the School Council, staff and the local community to ensure that they can have an input into the menus and the whole lunchtime experience, eating in a relaxed environment taking into consideration time, seating, noise, cleanliness and packing up. All catering staff and dinner supervisors are made aware of the school’s healthy eating ethos and are able to advise pupils on issues relating to food such as a balanced diet and choices at lunchtime. The children are encouraged to eat well and learn about making healthy food choices throughout the day. We aim to support each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) throughout the teaching of our curriculum.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development of Franche’s whole curriculum.
Every Friday afternoon, the whole school embarks on an Enrichment Challenge, with children of all ages selecting from a wide range of workshops. The aim is to develop children’s independent life skills, provide and enhance our pupils with great life experiences, and help them learn a new skill which may be difficult to teach within main curriculum time. The choices offered cover sports, music, arts and other key learning areas. Each half term children select a new workshop with a key message to “Challenge Yourself”. The afternoon culminates in a Celebration Assembly – an opportunity for the whole school to come together to celebrate the week’s achievements. Every child has also been encouraged to come up with a “wonderful struggle” – a specific individual challenge to pursue over the school year. Staff and governors have also taken on the challenges!