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'We are Fairfield' Curriculum

CURRICULUM AIMS

The Fairfield Curriculum is personalised. It is built around students’ individual needs and rooted in our view that all students should enjoy learning, become positive citizens of Britain and the World, while also leaving us with the qualifications they need.

Our Fairfield Values (see below) underpin school life and allow our students to build skills for a healthy, vibrant, future.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Below are links to an overview of the curriculum for each subject and each year group, that we offer: 

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS (English, Citizenship and PSHE, Child Development, Health and Social Care & Classics) 

MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS (Maths)

SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS (Science & Computer Science)

ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY & ART (Art, Engineering, Food Technology, Fine Art, Art Graphics, Photography, Design Engineering & Manufacture Engineering)

HUMANITIES (Geography, History & RE) 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES (French, German, Spanish & Arabic)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & PERFORMING ARTS (PE, Sport Science, Music, Performing Arts, Dance & Drama) 

CURRICULUM OFFER

Our commitment to the above is reflected in our core curriculum offer. Every young person leaves Fairfield with a GCSE in Citizenship, after three years of our iLearn programme; the effect of this is evident in every aspect of school life. We have a strong student council, a group of student ambassadors who are beginning to lead on research, and several societies representing various groups. A former Head Student has left behind the legacy of his “Fairfield Against Apathy” project, which motivated our young people to act on their moral values by, for example, raising funds for charity, or engaging our local community. 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

To complement and support the curriculum, the school offers a variety of local, national and international trips, as well as extra-curricular opportunities for students to extend their knowledge and understanding and to improve their skills in a range of artistic, creative and sporting activities. Our leaders include a Global Learning co-ordinator, a Creativities Co-ordinator, and a Learning Outside the Classroom Co-ordinator – all of whom ensure the full scope of our curriculum is met.

EMPLOYABILITY AND NATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

We are responsive to the national educational landscape, thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally. All students have the opportunity to take EBacc qualifications (MathsEnglishScienceHumanities and Languages), alongside compulsory Religious Studies and Citizenship, plus options in ClassicsMusicDrama, DanceEngineering, Food and NutritionHealth and Social CareComputer Sciencea range of Art subjects and Sports Science. This ensures strong links to the local employment landscape. More than this, the variety of options guarantees that our young people thrive in pursuit of their passions, whatever they might be. We continue to seek student and parent voice with regard to options offered and aim to be responsive to student requests wherever possible. In addition to this, our dedicated teachers run regular tuition sessions to support wide array of skills within subjects

During Key Stage Three, students will have had the opportunity to explicitly experience most of the fields above, so that they can make informed choices when it comes to options time at GCSE.

CURRICULUM FAQ

1.    How do we design our curriculum? 

The Fairfield curriculum is personalised, built around students’ individual needs and designed to promote a love of learning and the best possible springboard for students’ next steps in education training or employment.

2.    What are the unique elements of the curriculum?

We are committed to developing a strong, harmonious community: the British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance are themes which underpin our curriculum. Our students all leave Fairfield with a GCSE in Citizenship, alongside their other qualifications.

3.    How does our curriculum fit national guidelines and priorities?

We are responsive to the national educational landscape, ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally. All students have the opportunity to take Ebacc qualifications (Maths, English, Science, Humanities and Languages), alongside Engineering, Music, Drama, Dance, Classical Civilisation, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, a range of Art subjects and PE. A good range of options ensures our young people thrive and can follow their passions, whatever they might be. Our dedicated teachers run regular after school tuition sessions to help embed a wide array of skills in their subjects.

At Key Stage Three, the curriculum is broad, with everyone studying two modern languages, dance, music and drama as well as STEM and a full range of Ebacc subjects.

4.    How does the curriculum meet the Public Sector Equality duty?

Our curriculum is designed to allow each student to:

· achieve the best possible academic qualifications and standards for them, whatever their academic starting point, and regardless of race, gender, sexuality or individual learning need.

                ·  ensure high levels of engagement, enjoyment and personal development for all.

·        a sense of wonder and a love of learning

5.    Who has responsibility for developing the curriculum?

The Principal and the school leadership team (SLT) work with EAT partners, other staff and the governors to ensure that:

·         the curriculum meets the individual needs of students as well as possible

·         the teaching time and resource budgets are drawn up fairly, to provide the most desirable and efficient use of resources

·         expectations in each subject are clearly defined for students and their parents/carers.

·         parent/carer and student feedback contributes to curriculum development. 

Please contact our Assistant Vice Principal Ms Farina Ackerman with any curriculum related queries: fackerman@fairfield.excalibur.org.uk

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge