Forestdale Primary School

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Computing and IT

At Forestdale, we strive to give our children skills to thrive in the ever changing technological world and technical knowledge. Our pupils are entitled to quality software and hardware and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.

Our up to date curriculum includes designing and writing programmes all the way through to explaining how a simple algorithm works. We provide many opportunities for learners to collaborate and communicate through online technologies.

Our up to date curriculum includes designing and writing programmes all the way through to explaining how a simple algorithm works. We provide many opportunities for learners to collaborate and communicate through online technologies.

Providing one computer for each child in the class provides the opportunity for children to acquire independence and competence, which can be applied across the whole curriculum. Children also learn how to best use the internet for learning, whilst also keeping themselves safe.

Our aim is to create users of technology which are highly skilled as well as digitally literate.

We have a class set of tablets to further enhance learning.

They provide learning opportunities that would not ordinarily be possible.

Apps are carefully selected and downloaded to best help children move forward in different subject areas. Children can learn from educational applications or can even record their own explanations for other children to learn from.
 

Science

At Forestdale, we provide the children with high-quality science education. This gives children the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Speaking and listening is an integral part of our science. It not only encourages children to use scientific vocabulary accurately but also allows them to build upon basic ideas, developing and extending their thinking.

We aim to develop a love of science through awe and wonder. Our teachers plan engaging and inspirational activities in which children are encouraged to work scientifically through.

Links are in place with other local schools and agencies; in particular, with Riddlesdown High School.

Riddlesdown Students leading and running electricity workshops for our children.

Educational visits are often arranged to reinforce topic work.

Year 2 visit to the Horniman Museum

Reception class visit to Ladyland Farm.

Geography

Our children learn about a variety of places and the communities that live within them. They learn about the processes and consequences of change in different environments and begin to understand what ‘global citizenship’ means. 

Opportunities are planned to enable children to acquire the geographical skills and knowledge needed to understand places and themes, for example through map work at different scales, and by conducting practical activities such as using compasses.

 

At Forestdale we aim to encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of where places are located within the world and what they are like, including an appreciation and understanding of inhabitants and lifestyles. We also aim to stimulate their interest and curiosity about their own local surroundings.

We have many Geography focussed learning visits where children have the opportunity to experience and to learn about a different environment.

Year 3 trip to Croydon Clock tower to learn about Chinese New Year 

History

At Forestdale, children enjoy different history based topics each year, ranging from Rome to Vikings and World War II. We make every effort to develop meaningful links between subjects, with English and Maths often taught within a cross curricular context.

Year 3 made Stone Age houses as part of their maths work on perimeter

Through our links with Croydon Clock Tower we are able to immerse the children in their topics by allowing them to have hands on experience with reproduction and real artefacts.

 

We also create immersive events such as our Day of History and engaging lessons using drama and dance.

 

Our Year 4 Romans preparing a banquet on History Day

 
Year 2 Great Fire of London Dance

To reinforce their learning, all children benefit from visiting places of historical interest, including The Museum of London, The British Museum, The V and A Museum of Childhood and The London Guildhall Amphitheatre.

Year 4 at Crofton Roman Villa 

Design and Technology

Children enjoy creating and making new things and we foster this through the teaching of Design and Technology.

We encourage our children to use their imagination and creativity to design, make and problem solve using a variety of materials. Our aim is to provide children with the opportunities to build and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills to complete practical tasks successfully and to use appropriate tools safely.

Year 5 inventions

Children in both key stages have the opportunity to prepare and cook healthy food, use different textiles, build structures, and explore and use mechanisms. In key stage 2, children learn to use electrical systems and computing programs in their products.

Music

At Forestdale, children enjoy quality music lessons which have musical sound as the dominant language. Within lessons children listen to music; sing; play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments; and participate in group music making activities to their peers.

Children have performance opportunities throughout the year in assemblies, performances and concerts both in school and in the wider community.

There are also weekly Key Stage 1 and 2 singing assemblies.

At lunchtimes, we have a choir group for both infant and junior pupils.

Physical Education

The sole aim of our PE curriculum is to develop an understanding of the significant benefits that leading a physically active lifestyle has.

Our curriculum provides all children with the chance to experiment, practise and compete in an enjoyable, stimulating and appropriately challenging environment. The range of activities, along with high quality teaching, seek to ensure children enjoy success and are motivated to further develop their health and fitness.

All pupils have 2 hours a week dedicated to PE; an indoor lesson taught by the class teacher (Y3 swimming) and an outdoor lesson. In order to keep the children motivated, engaged and challenged they will explore different activities/ sports every half term. This will ensure they are continuously learning new skills and securing others.

Our children are taught a variety of sports to allow them to progress and experience a wide range throughout their school experience. Sport specific activities include Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Dance, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis and Rounders. Pupils become confident working with equipment, in pairs and in small groups, to make up their own games, follow rules and play in a competitive environment.

Year 3 pupils are taken to Royal Russell School for swimming for the year as their indoor PE lesson.

We also run a range of extra-curricular activities, in a non-competitive form. This includes after, before school and lunchtime clubs. Children also have the opportunity to represent the school and participate at festivals. These are competitive and are played against local primary schools (Cross country, Athletics, Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Tennis and more).

Dance is an important part of our PE curriculum. Dance and movement aims to contribute to the child’s physical, artistic, linguistic, social and cultural education. As well as learning specific dance skills and styles, it is also taught in conjunction with other subjects. Topics are used as a stimulus to extend learning and knowledge in other academic areas. Children learn how to express and communicate ideas and understanding in the physical form.

Forestdale also provides extracurricular opportunities for the children in Dance. Street Dance, and cheerleading for example, are available as after school clubs.

For pupils, the dress code is as follows:-

  • white T-shirt or a T-shirt the colour of the school house team
  • black shorts
  • children should be in plimsolls for all indoor activities. For outdoor activities the infants should wear plimsolls and the juniors should be wearing trainers. (If trainers are not available then plimsolls should be worn).
  • training shoes for outdoor Games and Athletics
  • a tracksuit or jogging suit may be worn if it is cold
  • long hair must be tied back
  • stud earrings should be removed, or taped for PE lessons
  • when football boots are worn, shin guards should also be used, unless pupils are only engaged in non-competitive skills practice
  • kit bag
  • all clothing should have each child’s name clearly marked

Art

Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Forestdale Primary school we provide a high-quality art education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, quipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.

Our pupils are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art.

The creative element involves children using materials and equipment to represent objects realistically and imaginatively, and to express ideas and feelings. With this in mind, breadth and depth of the subjects is offered with a wide range of materials and skills. Art is an inclusive subject which has many possibilities across culture and time.

Natural sculptures based on the work of Andrew Goldsworthy

Our children learn how art reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

All year groups have opportunities to visit galleries, museums and other venues for maximum exposure to as varied a range of art and craft work as possible.

Religious Education

Forestdale is a culturally diverse school representing different cultures, faith groups and nationalities.

Our children have access to a rich Religious Education where we aim to ensure the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of our pupils. RE is taught each week and children learn about different faiths or religious themes.

The effect of having all classes deeply engaged in studying different world religions at the same time is the creation of a microcosm promoting tolerance and respect for all, a core British Value.

We follow the Croydon Agreed Syllabus for RE.

We celebrate Religious festivals throughout the year and invite visitors from faith communities to lead assemblies. Classes also visit different places of worship.

Year 4 visit the Buddhapadipa temple, Wimbledon

In Early Years, RE is embedded throughout the curriculum and takes the form of role play, sharing stories and celebrating festivals. In Key Stage 1, children learn about Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, as well as other topics such as Weddings, places of worship and prayer.

In Key Stage 2, children build on the knowledge acquired from the religions learnt in Key Stage 1, as well as being introduced to Buddhism and Sikhism.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious assemblies. Any parent wishing to exercise this right must make a request in writing to the head teacher.

Year 1 –Making Torah Scrolls

Modern Foreign Languages

Forestdale has chosen French as its modern foreign language. Children from reception up to year 6 learn to develop their linguistic skills in a fun and enjoyable way.

Each French lesson uses a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement with French, and to develop a positive approach to languages.

Forestdale’s French curriculum is in line with the new National Curriculum and is adapted to each class topic to ensure children learn French in a meaningful context.

Forestdale also offers the opportunity to join Spanish and/or Chinese club which provide an in-sight into different languages and lifestyles.

Spanish after school club