At Franciscan we teach a curriculum that is exciting, fun and imaginative.
Walk into any of our Classrooms and you can expect to find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning. Like all schools within the public sector, we follow the National Curriculum which sets out the content and the programmes of study for most of what we teach at Franciscan. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for years 1 to 6 which follows on from the Foundation Stage.
The core curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science follow the National Curriculum. Other subjects (referred to as 'Foundation' are taught through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), these include Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education. Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and French in key stage 2.
The development of children’s language plays a central role in their acquisition of skills across the curriculum.
We aim to help all children to become competent readers, writers, speakers and listeners and to enjoy language and literature. We use a variety of approaches in the teaching of reading, including the Oxford Reading Tree. The school has a well stocked library and holds an annual Book Week during which we have various authors in school, reading from their published works and running writing workshops for children. From the beginning children are encouraged to have a go at writing for themselves and to write for different audiences and purposes. Neat, legible, joined-up writing is taught from the early years.
Mathematics is a core curriculum subject and is taught using a variety of schemes and resources.
Children are introduced to new concepts in a practical way before they tackle worksheets and text books. Computers are an integral part of our mathematics teaching, as are games which help children to memorise facts and to practise skills. We use problem solving and investigational tasks to provide children with opportunities to use their mathematics and make links with everyday situations.
The third core subject of the National Curriculum, science enables children to understand the world in which they live.
We aim to harness the natural curiosity all children possess to developing enquiring minds and a systematic approach to problem solving. Children regularly carry out a range of scientific activities, including testing ideas, observing, experimenting and recording. Through topic based science they will study areas as diverse as electrical currents, plant growth, forces and materials.