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Fairfield's Curriculum Overview

At Fairfield Road we teach a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares our pupils for life in a modern world.  We use the ‘Learning Challenge’ approach to teach our Foundation Subjects; drawing on children’s curiosities to direct and shape each unit.  English, Mathematics and Science are mostly taught in discrete sessions, however good use is made of cross-curricular opportunities to write and apply mathematical knowledge.  Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is promoted through everything we do.  Please refer to the SMSC page for further details.


To find the content of the curriculum for each academic year, please access our Long Term Plans by following the links below.  More detailed information on each subject area can be accessed via the external National Curriculum links found on the subject pages.

Fairfield's Yearly Planning


Please find links to our Long Term Plans below.  Here you will find an overview of learning for each of the Foundation subjects.  These plans are a guide to the year and are subject to change.  Children's interests and abilities will always supersede our original planning.  The main focus for each half term is highlighted in bold.  Music and PE are taught by subject specialists.

Information on the English and Mathematics curriculum for each year group can be found on the subject pages.



What is the Learning Challenge approach?


The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. The Learning Challenge approach is used as a structure and ethos for curriculum design. In designing the curriculum teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre- learning tasks, the new National Curriculum and the school’s context a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. The subsidiary learning challenge is normally expected to last for one week but this does not need to be the case. The important point is that the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and it is something that is within their immediate understanding.