School/Remote Learning

Return to School in September
 
We are very excited to have welcomed all children back to school, it has been wonderful hearing the school full again and seeing everyone's smiling faces.
Thank you very much to all of you who have read the information about returning carefully and are helping us all keep safe and the school day run smoothly by following these new rules, it really is appreciated.
 
 
Is the reason your child is off school linked to COVID-19?
 
We will provide your child with a home learning pack, click here to read a letter with further information.
 
YouTube Video Lessons 
 
Link to YouTube where you can find videos for maths and literacy for each year group by the year group teachers. Each video contains 5 lessons (one for each day) and teaching input. 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.
 
And...
 
Don't forget your child has access to the following sites:
 
 
If your child has forgotton their password please email the school and we can let you know their password or set a new one.
 
As well as what your child has been provided from school if you want to further engage your child please look at the following websites:
 
In mathematics we follow the White Rose scheme. They have their own home learning lessons which are broken down into year groups and will link into what the children are/would be learning at school.  Each lesson also comes with a short video clip which will help with your child's understanding.
 
 
Stem learning (science, technology, engineering and mathematics): To support parents and carers their subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials all of which are completely free for anyone to access
 
 
 
Click here to download the letter regarding the changes to the start and end of the school day from Monday 14th September. 
 
Please click here to read our Operational Risk Assessment for School Reopening in September 2020
 
Please click here for our Remote Learning Strategy.
 
Please click here for a letter from Gary Evans CEO of the Blue Kite Trust about the children's return to school.
Please click here for guidance to share with your child/ren about their return to school.
Please click here for the letter that was shared at the end of the summer term which has important information about where to drop off and pick your child/ren up from.
 
Back to School Support:
 
Government Information
 
Click here for guidance from the government on what parents and carers need to know about schools during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here for guidance from Public Health England about what parents need to know about their children returning to school.
 
Well Being
 
Click here for the Young Minds website which has a parent helpline where experts share their tips for supporting a child in their transition back to school.
Click here for the Mental Health website which has support for helping your child return to school.
Click here for the Winston's Wish website which guides you through how to support your child returning to school.
 
Swindon Borough Information
 
Click here for an update from Swindon Borough's Director of Public Health
Click here for support and guidance from Swindon's Healthy Schools
 
 
 
 
 
Ferndale Video
 
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
 
 
 
Blue Kite Learning Platform
 
Don't forget the weekly competitions and learning ideas that are posted on the Blue Kite Learning Platform. Click here to access this platform.

 

 

Coronavirus Support Book for Children

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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