Coronavirus

Please see the latest letters and guidance on the phased reopening of Ferndale:
Letter from the Blue Kite Trust about returning to school
Letter from Ferndale about returning to school
Trust guidance for parents and pupils
 
Dear Team Ferndale,
 
A very special video, which we hope you all enjoy - you made need tissues near by!
 
 
Thank you very much to Mr Truman who put the video together.
 
Stay Safe      Keep Smiling     Be Kind    
 We Are In This Together
 
Enjoy...
#TeamFerndale         #FerndaleFamily
 
We also have a YouTube account where members of staff will be posting different tasks each week, this includes a weekly video from your child's teacher/s, sharing a class book. Click here for the account. Please click here for a parents' guidance sheet on tips to protect your child whilst using Youtube and click here for a guidance sheet on YouTube Kids.
 
Don't forget the weekly competitions and learning ideas that are posted on the Blue Kite Learning Platform. Click here to access this platform.
 

 

Latest updates:

Please note there will be no class letters sent out during half term week (25th - 29th June).

Read our latest newsletter here, thank you to all the children for their wonderful contributions.

Letters to the children week beginning 18th May 2020

UffingtonAverburyTintagelLoch NessOlympusNorthern LightsEiffelColosseumPark GuellZambeziKalahariAmazonAndesUluruBarrier Reef and all of Year 6.

Letters to the children week beginning 11th May 2020

Uffington, Averbury, Tintagel, Loch Ness, Olympus, Northern Lights, Eiffel, Colosseum, Park Guell, Zambezi, Kalahari, Amazon, Andes, Uluru, Barrier Reef and all of Year 6.

Letters to the children week beginning 4th May 2020

Uffington, Avebury, Tintagel, Loch Ness, Olympus, Northern Lights, Eiffel, Colosseum, Park Guell, Zambezi, Kalahari, Amazon, Andes, Uluru, Barrier Reef and all of Year 6 plus the questions and answers for Year 6.

Click here for a really helpful book to share with your children about Coronavirus, explaining what it is and why everyone is talking about it.

 

Please click on each class name to link to the class letter to the children:

UffingtonAveburyTintagelLoch NessOlympusNorthern LightsEiffelColosseumPark GuellZambeziKalahari, AmazonAndesUluru, Barrier Reef and Year 6

For Mrs Prevost's task for this week, click here.

Click here for Miss Horrobin's letter from last week.

 

Resources for supporting emotional well-being in children and young children during Corona Virus Emergency. 

These resources are a selection of the many that are available and have been reviewed for suitability. The ages are for guidance, please choose what is most suitable for an individual child’s understanding and need. Click here for a link to the resources.


Whilst we are following the Government's guideline on social distancing and staying at home please find a link here to the Blue Kite Learning Platform. This is a really useful site full of advice and ideas for helping you whilst school is partially closed.

Please don't stress over whether you think your child is doing enough work. As we continue through these times it's absolutely ok to just concentrate on being a family. Read together, play board games together, invent new games, learn how to read maps, design your own magical and perfect Island, write a book report, make each other word searches, bake (if you have any ingredients), make a bug hotel in the back garden. 

 
There is also a Joe Wicks workout on each morning at 9 am where he does 30 minutes of fitness as a whole family via a You Tube link. which should help burn a bit of the children's energy: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ  This includes fancy dress Friday!!
 
David Walliams does a daily reading at 11a.m that you could perhaps play out through your phone for your family to listen to: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
 
Here is also a link of games that can be played at home that don't require a computer:
 
The teachers have been monitoring Mathletics and Timestables Rockstars and have been very impressed with those that have logged in. There have also been battles between classes which have been really fun to see. Please let me know if your child/ren has lost their log ins as we can send you those if needed.
 
Here are the spelling words that the children need to know by the end of each year that you can practise with your children: https://stannesrcprimary.org.uk/index.php/parents/year-group-spelling-lists
 
There are some ideas linked to spellings here, such as mnemonics that your child/children could make up: 
 
There are some maths games here that don't require technology and many with resources that they could make: https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/fun-maths-games-activities-for-kids/
 
Finally, don't forget to follow us on Twitter where we update daily any new ideas we find, of which there are some fabulous ones out there! We love seeing what you are up to, thank you to everyone who has been tweeting us.  @primaryferndale
 

Ferndale Primary School Curriculum

Here at Ferndale we believe that the curriculum taught through a thematic approach should promote a love of learning and willingness to explore.

We are proud to use the National Curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for our children, but enrich it by our strong ethos that there should be time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils' knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.

We are continually reviewing and improving the curriculum we offer to our children, evolving it according to the needs of our children and to the aspirations of the staff and community. 

Curriculum 2018

The working definition of the curriculum according to Ofsted is "The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievment)." You will find intent, implementation and impact at the heart and throughout our curriculum.

At the beginning of the 2018 academic year we reviewed our curriculum to ensure that it was representative of the community, skills and interests of teacher, the local area and current affairs. We asked the children what they wanted to learn about, we involved governors, teaching assistants and teachers when we began the planning and ideas stage. As a school we set out to ensure that across the whole school there was progression across subjects and topics.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child.

Staff and pupils come together for school assemblies. These are delivered in a variety of ways and provide the children with opportunities to celebrate, sing, reflect and thank. Topics covered include values, honesty, local and world (Home and Away) news, how we would like to be treated and how we should treat those around us.

  

Programmes of Study for each subject can be found on the left hand side. Please click on the subject to view it's content.

Click here for the National Curriculum - The national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2. 

Click here for the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS) - The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

 

 

2018 -2019 Topics

Please click on a topic title to view the planning for that term. 

Nursery

Autumn Term -  This is My Life          and    Snap, Crackle and Pop - with evaluated summary

 

FS2

Autumn Term -  This is My life            and     Snap, Crackle, Pop

Spring Term - KPOW Superheroes    and     Digging Deep

Summer Term - Go Wild

 

Year 1

Autumn Term -  Bright Lights, Big City

Spring Term - Long, Long Ago

Summer Term - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 

Year 2

Autumn Term -  Ready, Aim, Fire!

Spring Term - The Secret Garden

Summer Term - Explorers

 

Year 3

Autumn Term -  World War 2

Spring Term - Yabba, Dabba Doo

Summer Term - As We Live and Breathe

 

Year 4

Autumn Term -  What Lies Beneath?

Spring Term -  Poles Apart

Summer Term - Empire Strikes Back

 

Year 5

Autumn Term -  Intergalactic Invaders

Spring Term - Vicious Vikings

Summer Term - Extreme Earth

 

Year 6

Autumn Term -  Call of the Wild

Spring Term -  Myths and Magic

Summer Term - Thrill Seekers

 

Our Local Area

Find out where you can visit and more information on our local area below:

 

Visit Swindon - click here for further information 

(Taken from their website) Swindon and its surrounding area has a stunning array of beautiful green spaces to rival any town in the UK. From beautiful Victorian parks in and around the town to the Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road. Add to that our stately home gardens, wildlife reserves and areas of outstanding natural beauty – this really is a place to explore.

The town boasts an extremely rich history but it was the Great Western Railway which put Swindon firmly on the map in 1841. Scratch beneath the surface and Swindon is one of the South West’s most stimulating destinations for culture vultures.

Whether it’s amazing green spaces for energetic young tree climbers, cultural excursions for curious teenagers or indoor adventures for both the young and the young at heart, Swindon has an impressive array of family friendly activities.

 

Things to do in Wiltshire - click here for further information

(Taken from their website) History and heritage in Wiltshire is not just ancient. Here you can wander through time. The Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark. 

On the ‘must see’ list alongside the medieval city of Salisbury are Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage SiteLongleat and the National Trust’s gardens at Stourhead. There a numerous attractions to suit everyone's taste. 

You can explore our industrial heritage at Wadworth Brewery, Crofton Beam Engines and Wilton Windmill, STEAM Museum or Swindon & Cricklade Railway; discover butterflies and farmyard favourites; or uncover Wiltshire’s unparalleled archaeology in our fascinating museums. Wiltshire is bursting at the seams with arts and culture  and has numerous award- winning theatres, art galleries and exhibition venues. 

There are eight White Horse chalk figures on display on our hillsides, old settlements like Old Sarum, a National Trust village at Lacock and some stunning historic houses and gardens including Bowood and Wilton House.


 

  1. Map of Wiltshire
  2. Visitor Guide to Wiltshire 2019