Lessons are taught through the use of high-quality texts, which are linked to the half-termly topic. All writing at Franche is for a purpose and is at the core of each of our cross-curricular topics. We find this not only motivates pupils but also gives them a recognisable audience, which leads to higher standards of work. This purpose might be letter writing (to request resources as part of a fundraising project for the local foodbank), information leaflets (to persuade people to save water) or creating a poem or storybook (to entertain a specific group of children or adults within the community).
Our teaching sequence begins with the immersion of the children within the text through the use of an engaging starting point, drama, speaking and listening activities and vocabulary discussion. A ‘WAGOLL’ (What A Good One Looks Like) text is shared with the children. We look at what makes the text effective, identify key features and examine the language. Word and sentence level skills are then taught and developed in the context of the text through teacher modelling and supported and shared writing. This explicit teaching of writerly skills and slow-writing technique results in the production of high-quality writing on a daily basis. Vocabulary discussion links closely to our school’s ‘reading into writing’ approach and is supported by explicit vocabulary teaching. In reception, ‘Concept Cat’ teaches the children a new concept each week. The children are encouraged to use this new word as much as possible and explore using it in sentences. Throughout key stages one and two, ‘Vocab lab’ starter tasks are used to teach specific vocabulary relating to the current text.
Children are encouraged to self or peer assess their writing daily, which builds resilience and encourages children to reflect and improve their writing. The teaching sequence culminates with what we like to call a “Franche Write”. This is an independent piece of writing, based on a given stimulus, whereby children can apply their taught skills and develop their creativity. Editing and re-drafting time is later given so that their piece of writing is ready to be shared with the audience.
The teaching of writing is further developed during our creative curriculum lessons, where history, geography and science knowledge and skills are demonstrated through high-quality writing activities.
At Franche, we use PenPals for Handwriting. This is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds that offers clear progression through five developmental stages: physical preparation for handwriting; securing correct letter formation; beginning to join along, securing the joins and practicing speed, fluency and developing a personal style. Because PenPals is focused on whole-class teaching, the teaching of explicit handwriting is timetabled weekly. The handwriting joins are displayed in each classroom and modelled throughout all teaching. PenPals is supported using digital resources to enable modelling and interactive learning, along with Practice Books and Workbooks to support independent work.
Spelling is vital to communicating in school and in public life. The ability to write clearly and with accurate spelling is a very important skill that children need to acquire and, as such, it is important to help and encourage children to develop as confident, competent spellers. At Franche Community Primary School it is our aim to promote the development of confident writers who can use their spelling skills competently in all areas of the curriculum. We have high expectations for accurate spellings, challenging children to achieve a 'POPS' (Paragraph Of Perfect Spelling). We also use a wide range of engaging approaches to help pupils learn new spellings:
As a school we have purchased a subscription to a website called ‘Spelling Shed’. The children have their own log in and they will have their weekly spellings set by their teachers as games. This will allow them to play various games to support them in learning these spellings in preparation for their weekly spelling test. There are also ‘other’ year group lists they can learn, which will support their general spelling.
Some children will be given differentiated spelling lists, if they are not ready for the spelling lists for their year group. Don’t worry though as we will always ensure these are challenging but achievable. Click the Spelling shed link below to start playing!
At Franche, we like to have fun with learning spellings! In addition to active games, we practise in our 'Spoodle' books: combining mindfulness doodling with spotting patterns in words to help make them more memorable. Every year, we celebrate the glory of being an accurate speller by holding a spelling bee. Staff and pupils dress up and engage in a whole host of fun and engaging spelling activities. Pupils also get involved in creating new and exciting ways to help others spell tricky words. Here are some of our youtube videos from previous years:
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).
When teaching mathematics at Franche, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and is well-embedded into all of our cross-curricular topics to give a purposeful context for learning. We incorporate chilli challenges, which are varied and high quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete way, before establishing ways of pictorially and formally representing their understanding. They are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. By following our Growth Mindset policy, we encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning.
How can you help your child at home?
Click on your child's year band below for some useful ideas of how to help at home:
At Franche Primary we subscribe to a number of educational and fun websites to support your child in developing their key maths skills. Maths shed is available for children from Reception to Year 6, TT Rockstars from Years 2 to 6 and My Maths in Years 5 and 6. .
Your child should already have a log in for these wesbites: please ask their class teacher if you are unsure of it.
Stuck on how we teach calculation methods at school?
Our Maths team have created a guide to each of the four main mathematical functions as well as a guide to help you with the vocabulary we use at Franche, to help you support your children at home:
The team have also made useful step-by-step video guides to show exactly how each method is being taught in school. These are all available on our YouTube channel or by clicking on the link below :
Science is a wonderful subject to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, challenge reflection and thinking! In our school, we aim for science to be as practical as possible, and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. As such, children enjoy science and the opportunities it brings for group work, investigation and knowledge acquisition; children love learning about how the world ‘works’.
Our primary aim in science is clear; to spark curiosity. We want children to be able to question the world around them – and have strategies available to them in order to answer those questions. These strategies include investigation skills, enquiry and the ability to use ICT in order to develop their thinking and knowledge.
Across the school, children follow the content of the National Curriculum for England, with some additional science learning which our school sees as important for our children in order for our wider creative curriculum to be fully developed. As such, the science coverage for each year group is included within the curriculum map.
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.
Across our school 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
Below are some useful website to extend your child's Scientific knowledge and understanding futher:
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
Click on one of the links below for some useful websites to develop your child's Geographical understanding:
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
Click on one of the useful websites below to discover more about the periods of History we cover:
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 aims:
1) Know about and understand a range of religions and world views
2) Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions
3) Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views
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 being “an exceptionally nurturing school.” OFSTED 2015. 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 are ‘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 lives and 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 introduces children to a wide range of skills and problems.
Through guided tasks, children are taught to use algorithms, sequence, debug and problem solve using a range of software and apps. Above all, the most important element 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 E-|Safety 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. In addition to this, E-Safety messages are shared with the children during E-Safety week and through assemblies.
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.
Need help understanding Computer Jargon? Click on the link below for help:
The links below will assist you in understanding the curriculum progression and development of skills across the year bands here at Franche. As well as this, there is a link to some useful terminology and an example of work from Year 3’s Scratch lessons.
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.
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. In addition, this enables children to 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. We hope the introduction of the Arts Award will continue to foster this approach and promote the importance of the arts. Music lessons and art workshops also offered, empower children to choose to further develop their skills and to see the arts as an integral and valued part of their learning.
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 have recently completed training to become an Arts Award centre. We aim to continue aspiration through inspiration, fostering a love of the Arts that permeates throughout the school.
The teaching of Modern foreign languages is now a statutory requirement in Key Stage Two and in addition to learning about and celebrating different languages and cultures around the world, our chosen language at Franche 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. Equal emphasis is placed on the skills of listening and responding, speaking, reading and writing, along with knowledge about language and culture. For many of the children at Franche, their lessons at school may be their first contact with a foreign language, therefore our aim is to ensure that pupils gain a wide understanding of Spanish through a variety of challenging, skill-based activities. Lessons are often linked to cross-curricular year band topics and are taught through activities such as singing, saying rhymes, role play, presentations, using ICT and games. We also encourage children to develop their inter-cultural knowledge through whole-school International days and celebrations.
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!