Findon Primary School
As a Church of England school, we value the spiritual and moral dimension of life as reflected in our school vision. “Together we learn to value each others strengths and support each other’s differences, setting the highest goals of excellence and taking pride in both our learning and in the achievement. As a church school, we learn about God and growing together with Jesus”
Open Futures is a skills and inquiry based curriculum where learning focuses on encouraging children to ‘learn through doing’. Areas of the National Curriculum are taught through the four strands: Grow It, Cook It, Film It and Ask It. It has been developed to help children discover and develop practical skills, personal interests and values which will contribute to their education and help to enhance their adult lives.
Philosophy of Children
We offer a forum for the children to think and ask questions linking to the topics they are learning about across the whole curriculum. This promotes listening and speaking skills and the ability to ask open questions. This encourages the children to develop their reasoning skills and understand how this influences their judgments and actions.
in Key Stage 1 the children use tablets and digital cameras to take photos and make short films. In Key Stage 2 the children use tablets to photograph and film a variety of projects linking to the learning they are doing. The children learn to plan and edit the films while adding special effects. We teach the children to use different filming programs to enable them to discover a range of film making techniques.
The children used their produce from the garden to cook a variety of healthy recipes. When cooking, we aim to introduce the children to new foods, new cooking skills and to get the children discussing the food. In addition, they are continually taste testing and discussing the produce we have grown.
On our school grounds, we have a vegetable and fruit garden, designed and planted by the children. In Key Stage 1, children are responsible for planting, watering, weeding and feeding. They really enjoy the opportunity to work in the garden and are delighted to see the growth of fruit or vegetables from seeds they have planted. In Key Stage 2, children plan and develop garden projects using skills they learnt in Key Stage 1. The school plays a role in helping the children to recycle resources effectively using a water butt and compost bins. Through Grow It the children learn science through investigating plants, soils, life cycles and ecosystems.