Forest Skies Federation
Why our curriculum exists? What will it achieve? How will it be achieved?
School’s curriculum purpose – ‘Nurture Aspirations’
The schools purpose is present through the schools culture and values.
Curriculum outcomes -The Primary Elements
The primary elements are what pupils at Forest Skies will achieve through the schools curriculum offer.
Non-negotiables – The Five Golden Threads
The golden threads are interwoven into school life and applied to all areas of the curriculum. The five golden threads help to set the environment for ‘nurturing aspirations’
This will be seen in the curriculum systems and structures created by leaders and staff members.
Dream Big Powers
The DREAM BIG powers are holistic lifelong powers all pupils leave with. All pupils get opportunities to strengthen these powers throughout their time at Forest Skies. The powers can be seen and heard in the pupil’s behaviours and outcomes.
Subject disciplinary components( Known as lenses)
The disciplinary lenses are tools to enable pupils to become effective learners within each curriculum subject. They are transferable and life-long. The lenses will be evidenced in pupils work and the subject leader’s evidence bases
The Primary Elements
The DREAM BIG curriculum
A research based perspective
Collaboration is vital in delivering the best-equipped curriculum for our pupils. We provide numerous opportunities for staff development with many teachers holding MaST and NPQEL awards. Many staff members have been SCITT trainees and with support have developed their roles within school as examples of how Birchwood Juniors supports professional development. The school also works closely with the LTSA and St Georges SCITT programs providing outstanding maths training to trainee teachers. We are proud members of the Birchwood Federation working closely with the two infant schools. This has been vital in ensuring pupils and their families can have consistent pastoral support.
The Birchwood Federation has strong Governing body that provide challenge and play an active role in school life. Ofsted state: ‘Governors make frequent, focused visits and check how well pupils are learning. They monitor all aspects of safeguarding carefully and speak with pupils about feeling safe. Governors act on pupils’ comments to make improvements. Safeguarding is effective and remains a high priority within the school.’
In addition to this we hold annual staff training between the 8 Birchwood estate schools which ensure staff can network and share developments across the estate. This collaboration ends with the Birchwood Carnival a musical celebration that recognises the vast talent the children of Birchwood have. Finally, we are an active member of the KYRA teaching school alliance taking part in cross moderations, workshops and staff training. The Executive Head works as an LLE and the Deputy Head as an SLE for the alliance.
Staff annually review their medium-term planning to ensure topics are relevant to the children’s interests and needs.
Curriculum Long Term Maps
Curriculum Trailers below: