The Michael Faraday School Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

We believe that all children have the entitlement to a broad, balanced, creative and coherent curriculum which should prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. They should be equipped with the skills, attitudes and dispositions they need to become well rounded individuals and life-long learners whilst instilling a love of learning.

In order for children to learn to think for themselves the curriculum should be enquiry based. It is important that children are responsible for their own learning enabling them to plan and show initiative; persevere and have a commitment to self-improvement.

The curriculum aims to:

  • Promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.
  • Create a sense of wonder in its pupils.
  • Promote inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.
  • Keep up with technology.
  • Encourage children to work independently and cooperatively.
  • Ensure that children are taught to become enterprising.
  • Develop emotional intelligence and raise aspirations.
  • Help to make children socially responsible.
  • Contribute significantly to pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  • Ensure that children achieve high standards across a variety of subjects.
  • Ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the subject discipline.
  • Ensure that all pupils realise their potential.
  • Early Years

    We use a play based interactive approach to deliver the Early Years curriculum which focuses on seven key areas of learning. Our pupils use the indoor classroom and outdoor areas choosing from a range of activities throughout sessions. Reading, writing and maths are taught using a structured approach with whole class and small group adult led activities.

    Phonics

    We use the Letters and Sounds scheme to deliver our phonics. Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage 1. More information and links to resources can be found on our website over here.

    KS1 and KS2

    Morning lessons focus on the teaching of basic skills, reading, writing and maths.

    At Michael Faraday we believe reading is the key to all learning. Reading is taught using a structured phonics programme as well as in whole class, small group and individual reading sessions with adults. All pupils use their reading skills across the curriculum to develop their understanding and to promote their enjoyment of reading. We use reading books from a variety of reading schemes including Rigby Stars and Collins. Children use our class book corners, the school library and Newington library to choose reading books and to develop a love of books.

    Writing is taught in daily English lessons, with further opportunities in other curriculum areas being provided for pupils to write for ‘real ‘ purposes e.g./ letters, newspaper articles, posters. We use a continuous cursive writing script with pupils from EYFS throughout the school.

    Maths is taught in daily maths lessons, with further opportunities to develop skills in other curriculum areas such as Science and Computing. Targeted interventions run daily to ensure all children are making fantastic progress throughout the year.

    At Michael Faraday School we follow the National Curriculum 2014 for all our Foundation subjects. Individual curriculum overviews for each class can be viewed on our website and are sent home termly.

    For Literacy and Numeracy we again follow the National Curriculum and the overview for each year group can be viewed over here.

    We follow the Southwark Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This can be viewed over here.

    We pride ourselves on the extracurricular opportunities we provide for our children. We have strong links with a local theatre company, the Blue Elephant Theatre, and children take part in workshops and productions both in school and at the theatre. We have a successful partnership with Southwark Music Service which provides all children with the opportunity to learn a different instrument each year and they regularly perform at venues such as The Royal Festival Hall.

    We run a diverse range of clubs including cooking, dance, gymnastics, choir, brass band, Mandarin, football, rugby, yoga, ukulele and recorders.