Our curriculum at Fairmead School covers a broad range of subjects that include English, Maths, Science, Computing, Humanities, Art, D.T., Life Skills, Forest School, Music, Drama and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.

The Primary Department has a Creative Curriculum which is a topic-based three year rolling programme.  Reading schemes include Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club.  All of the different subject areas are linked to the main theme.  These foundations for learning are built upon throughout Key Stage 3, which offers a more subject-based curriculum and also encompasses enrichment activities such as cooking, DT and Forest School.  This leads into Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 where pupils’ work towards appropriate qualifications that reflect their skills, attainment levels and future employment aspirations.

We have mapped a curriculum overview of the topics which are being taught to each learning group.  For each topic we have developed a medium term plan which highlights the key activities and objectives for each half term. The range of activities which our pupils are involved in, on a day to day basis, are creative, diverse and appropriate for their individual learning needs. We aim to make learning fun and interesting for all our pupils’ enabling them ‘to be the best we can be.’

Reading at Fairmead

We teach reading through the following methods:

  • Structured teaching of phonics using the Letters and Sounds progression through the phases
  • Actions for each of the individual letter sound based on Jolly Phonics – in line with how Speech and Language Therapy is delivered
  • Reinforcement of the phonics through the development of handwriting skills
  • Spelling lists/word tins sent home to learn and then tested on
  • Key vocabulary highlighted in all subject areas and on display throughout the school
  • Read individually at least once a week to an adult – depending on learning group
  • Participate in guided reading activities – lower abilities and primary
  • Read texts as part of literacy lessons and in other subject areas
  • Use of Communicate in Print to aid understanding of words through visual cues
  • Analyse texts to increase understanding
  • Serialise class books
  • Activities which develop pupils’ ability to sequence and order events and words
  • Follow accreditation syllabuses to develop reading comprehension in Key Stages 4 and 5.



Key Stage 4 Accreditation

Fairmead offers Key Stage 4 pupils the following accreditation opportunities:

  • GCSE: English, Maths, Science and Art
  • Functional Skills: Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
  • Entry Pathways: DT
  • OCR: DT
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
  • BTEC: Land Based Studies
  • AQA: PE

Click here for a summary of GCSE results 2017 to 2019

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