At Forest Lodge Academy our vision is that through outstanding leadership we will provide the highest quality of education to enable every pupil to realise their full potential. We have designed a curriculum ensuring that powerful knowledge and skills are at the forefront of curriculum progression within our school.
At Forest Lodge, we are committed to providing a wide ranging, exciting curriculum for the children, a curriculum which provides the children with all of the skills that they will need to succeed in life. Our curriculum takes into consideration the needs and character of our children, their prior learning, experiences as well as the community we serve through the national curriculum.
Through our curriculum we aim to educate children in the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to lead fulfilling lives and become ready for 21st century learning. Forest Lodge is a happy, lively and caring place where each pupil’s uniqueness is cherished and where they are encouraged to learn in a safe, positive environment and to develop a passion for learning.
Our curriculum is thematically based and inspires, motivates and connects learning to encourage pupils to grow into effective citizens, ready to play their part in the world and their community. We recognise the importance of making links between home and school and encourage parental involvement by holding regular curriculum events and workshops to include parents and carers within pupils learning.
To find out more about the curriculum we teach at school, please download the Forest Lodge Curriculum Policy below. Here you will find information on how we organise the curriculum across the school.
The curriculum is revisited each year and has just been overhauled in the light of the revised Ofsted School Handbook.
In particular, please have a look at the information regarding the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum framework.
Long Term Plans
Children have an exciting term ahead of them, full of inspirational learning experiences and extra curriculum opportunities. Each year group’s long term planning for Autumn, Spring and Summer term is available below.
The school has splendid grounds with a range of outdoor learning environments. Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 take part in continuous planned outdoor learning activities. Older pupils also have the opportunity to work outside when they can.
Each class will go on a variety of trips, visits and residentials where they will explore and discover their own surroundings. We also ensure children experience outdoor team building activities such as abseiling, climbing wall, archery and orienteering.
Phonics at Forest Lodge
At Forest Lodge Academy we teach children Phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource that aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
We teach children Phase 1 and 2 in the Nursery, Phase 2 and 3 in Reception, Phase 3, 4 and 5 in Year 1 and Phase 5 and 6 in Year 2. We teach a 20 minute session of Phonics every day.