Gallow Field Road
Foxton
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 7QZ

Telephone: 01858 545 328

Teaching

We use the National Curriculum which sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn.  These skills are taught through a creative curriculum with the following topics:

English

English concentrates on four key skills that your child needs to get the most out of all learning at school.  These are speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Children learn to listen and discuss others’ ideas and present their own. 

They learn how to read through daily synthetic phonics lessons using the Read, Write Inc. scheme and individual reading.  We want all children to read for enjoyment, to find out facts and to say what they think about what they read. 

The children are taught to write in a range of ways to explore feelings, explain, persuade, review and comment.  They plan and draft their work, checking it for spelling, punctuation and grammar.  They are taught to write legibly in a joined-up style.

We have produced two booklets for parents – How to Help Your Child with Reading and How to Help Your Child with Spelling.

Mathematics

We all use maths every day, even if that’s not what we call it.  We check our change at the shops, work out how expensive the new carpet will be and decide what time we need to leave the house to get to the airport.  For these reasons, we put problem solving at the heart of our lessons.

The children are taught about numbers, our number system and calculations using methods that make calculations understandable.  They learn about 2D and 3D shapes, position, movement and measurement.  The children work out how to answer questions by collecting data, organising it and putting it into graphs and diagrams.

Science

Every child has a natural curiosity about the way the world works.  In our Science lessons the children find out how they can get answers to questions such as how to keep ourselves warm, or why the sun seems to move across the sky.

Our topics are taught through working scientifically (experimenting).

Children look at and explore:

  • Materials and their properties, including how they can be used; how they change; and how some materials can be mixed and separated.

  • Life processes and living things, including facts about their own bodies; the importance of a varied diet and exercise for good health; the purpose of roots and flowers in plants; and the habitats animals and plants need to live in.

  • Physical processes, including electric circuits; magnets; the forces of gravity and friction; and how light and sound travel.
 
   

Design Technology

Design and Technology lessons give children the opportunity to investigate how well familiar products and objects actually work and who they’re really aimed at.  By answering questions such as ‘Is this the right tool for the job?’ they learn how to solve practical problems skilfully, creatively and with imagination. 

The children are taught practical skills and tasks such as cutting, joining, fixing and connecting. 

As part of their work with food the children are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Computing

The children are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work.  Computing equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media.  It also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.

 
   

Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is part of the school curriculum and is taught in accordance with the LA’s agreed syllabus.  RE relates to the beliefs, concepts and values of the world faiths.  These values are expressed through things such as scriptures, worship, practices, community life, cultural investigations, and engagement with the world.  Investigation of these values is encouraged through active learning strategies that link shared human experiences to a personal search.

Parents who wish to withdraw their child from RE or assemblies can make the necessary arrangements with the Head Teacher.

Personal, Social & Health Education

At Foxton we use the Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning materials.  These teach the children how to:

  • be more independent, confident and mature
  • recognise their own achievements and mistakes
  • share their views and discuss what’s fair and unfair, what’s right and wrong
  • set themselves goals and try to achieve them
  • keep themselves safe and healthy as they grow
  • think about how the choices they make affect other people and the environment

Additionally, the Life Education Van visits school to teach the children about the dangerous effects of drugs.

History

Children learn about:

  • The history of Foxton and Market Harborough
  • The Romans
  • Victorian Britain
  • The Tudors
  • The way of life, beliefs and achievements of the Ancient Greeks
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Britain since 1930

The children also learn about kings, queens and other famous people and about events and places from the past.

We bring history alive by using real objects and involving as many visits and visitors as we can.  The children are further extended by having ready access to books, photographs, pictures and computer and television programmes.

 
   

Geography

Children use maps, atlases and plans to study places locally, nationally and around the world.  They learn where important places and environments are in the world.  The children study water and how it affects landscapes and people; how settlements like towns and villages are different from each other and how they change; how and why environments change and how we try to manage them.

Languages

Children in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 all receive an hour of tuition per week.  French and Spanish are taught on an alternating yearly basis.  The lessons use a variety of teaching styles; the focus is on making learning a language fun.

Art & Design

There’s nothing like experimenting with colour and paint when you’re a child.  The children show how they see the world by making a picture of what’s around them or communicate how they feel by using lines, shapes and textures to make designs.  Children work on their own and with others, using a range of starting points.

Music

Children sing and play musical instruments in a controlled way.  They learn to perform music in groups and see how their contribution makes a difference to the whole performance.  Children begin to learn how to express their ideas and feelings through their own music.  They listen to many different types of music, picking out the detail and learning how it was created and used.

Physical Education

We have achieved the ‘Activemark’ for our delivery of two hours of high quality Physical Education (P.E.) per week.  Throughout their time at Foxton, all children experience the following aspects of P.E.:

Dance - creating and performing dances from different cultures to express idea and feelings through movement.

Games - children play and invent games to score points or goals against others, either on their own or in small teams.

Gymnastics - children make up and perform sequences of movements, still shapes and balanced poses, both on the floor and using apparatus.

Swimming - our aim is for all children to swim at least 25 metres unaided, by the end of Year 6.

Athletics - children run, jump and throw, trying to beat their own records and competing against others.

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities - children learn orienteering skills to find their way using maps and diagrams.