We follow the National Curriculum which is adapted to meet the needs and interests of the pupils in our school.
At Okeford Fitzpaine CE VA Primary School we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which will provide them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for life now and in the future.
Our curriculum provides children with the opportunities to develop the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic in a variety of exciting ways, giving them the opportunity to understand how these can be applied in the world around them.
We hope that the education that we provide in our school will help them to be well rounded global citizens, who celebrate and accept the range of cultures in our country and around the world.
Okeford Fitzpaine is A C of E VA Primary, School that offers a caring environment, based on the values of its Christian foundation, where, in a stimulating and purposeful atmosphere, every child can enjoy, achieve and develop a love of learning.
Moreover, we also 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' (DFE/British Government 'Prevent Strategy' 2011).
Above all we want the children to enjoy their learning motivating them to become 'life-long learners'.
The school is organised into three classes so teaching takes place in mixed age groups. Where possible, we have a creative approach to learning making links between subjects as we believe that's how children learn best. A wide variety of resources and study programmes are adapted to meet the needs of our pupils.
The new National Curriculum was implemented in September 2014 has to deliver the objectives set out by the Government.. Please clink on this link to the Department for education website where you can download all of the national curriculum programmes of study for the Primary age range.
Parents are sometimes concerned when children are taught in split age classes, typical of smaller schools where the admission number is not high enough for one class. All pupils are Okeford Fitzapine are taught to meet their potential with a high level of challenge within the appropriate Programmes of Study. There is an emphasis on deepening learning so that children become proficient at using their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways and across different subjects. Our classes are small enough so that every child has plenty of teacher/pupil interaction and support, whatever their innate ability.
English is either taught explicitly or through other subjects. We use the Letters and Sounds scheme as the main programme to teach phonics and a variety of reading schemes Maths is taught as a single subject but we constantly look for opportunities to practise and hone mathematical skills in other lessons.