The Foundry Primary Curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and challenging. It reflects the needs, interests and abilities of our pupils. It meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, using the Chris Quigley School Essentials, which allows for a creative approach to learning. Foundry recognises that some children require a period of stability, allowing them to acquire skills for learning and self-regulation strategies. Our teaching methods recognise the need for pupils to acquire essential characteristics of good learners, such as independence, resilience and reflectivity. This is achieved by including areas such as Personal and Social Development and Health Education and by placing an appropriate emphasis on the development of communication, in its widest sense, across the curriculum.
Organisation and Planning
All pupils follow an induction process to produce baseline assessment material which provides pupils with a personalised learning journey, ensuring that their time at Foundry supports their educational and emotional needs. We use a range of assessment tools to inform teaching, for example:
- GL Assessment Spelling and Reading
- Lexia – Literacy and Reading
- Salford / Vernon
- ARE Assessments (eg Twinkle, Math’s Seeds) These assessments, which are repeated termly, allow teachers to formulate individual learning plans, and set smart, measureable, achievable and realistic targets. At Foundry, we believe that subject knowledge is not always learned in isolation and teaching therefore combines curricular areas linked together by a common topic. Where subjects are taught in isolation, links are drawn out and emphasised. Both methods enable pupils to apply knowledge, skills and understanding taught in one context in a new area, thereby allowing pupils to become more reflective in their learning and developing their problem solving skills.
In addition to the Primary classroom, there is also a team of Behaviour Specialists who work in Primary schools with teachers and pupils to provide support in school.