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As a Good school working towards Outstanding, we strive to provide the highest possible standard of education for all of our pupils.  We are preparing them for a world where digital technology is transforming social and work life at an ever increasing pace.

At Fairfield Primary Academy, we use iPads with each child as an enhanced tool for learning, offering new opportunities to motivate and engage pupils of all abilities.  It empowers the pupil to take control of their learning and to work in a more individualised way.  Additionally, the opportunity to work collaboratively with other pupils both within school and beyond has the potential to greatly enhance a child’s understanding and educational progress.

The iPad provides the teacher with a greater set of tools at their disposal to facilitate Outstanding lessons.

A device which can be used both in and out of school to facilitate longer term projects, challenge-based approaches and the ability to learn anytime, anywhere has the potential to transform our approach to continue learning at home for the better.

We regularly assess the impact that the iPads are having on teaching and learning against progress in English and Maths for all pupils.

 

Quotes from Pupils:

‘Having an iPad helps me to learn, as it is more visual, providing me with a set of tools at my desk and is helping to develop my thinking skills, creativity, mental maths and much more’.

‘I love the iPad because you’re having fun whilst learning’.

‘We are learning ICT skills across all areas of the curriculum, helping to prepare us for the future’.

‘We have access to learn about the world around us, changing the way we learn’.   

 

Reading at Fairfield is absolutely everywhere, because we love it!

We often have half termly topics based around excellent books, such as Harry Potter, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Elmer the Elephant where we immerse ourselves in the books and the learning flows!  We look at how books are written, thinking about their structure and the authors intention and we are really working hard to ‘read between the lines’ to learn as much as we can about characters, plot and are very creative when it comes to predicting what happens next.

But at Fairfield it isn’t just fiction we love, it’s non-fiction as well. We use books and iBooks (on our iPads) to research topics and enjoy producing our very own non-fiction leaflets and books as part of our Literacy Lessons.

Each day, we have GIRAFFE Time!  (Great GuIded Reading At FairFiEld). This is where we do focused activities based on a book and on the skills we need to develop as individuals and as a class. The teacher and Teaching Assistants often work with groups in this time to ensure we are getting as much from the book as we can.

In addition, we have Book Fairs to promote reading and are able to use the school library; we also have access to a wide range of books on our iPads too.

From our Foundation Stage, we practice reading our High Frequency Words and Common Words, which we take home too. This really helps when it comes to reading more challenging books and we can use them in our writing too.

Reading in KS1 builds upon the learning in the Foundation Stage by exposing the children to a wider variety of reading material. Guided reading becomes more regular and the children are encouraged to read every day. The children continue to learn 'Rainbow' and 'Book mark' words to extend their sight vocabulary and to improve spelling. In Year 2 some children will also be challenged to read and spell additional topic related words. Our children begin to read books from the Oxford Reading Tree, moving through the stages as appropriate. Once this is completed, children move onto reading colour coded books from our school collection which ensures they are reading texts that are appropriate for their ability. In Year 2 the children are able to take home specially created Story Sacks to share and to read for pleasure.

Children who need extra support can access the Lexia programme on iPads and our Rapid Reading programme. 

We place great emphasis upon reading for pleasure so that pupils go on to be lifelong readers! 

We know it makes a big difference if you can read really well and we know the value of reading, as it is all around us.  Reading really is FUN!

 



 






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Continuing Professional Development

 

Interested in Teacher Training?

Fairfield Primary Academy works in partnership with George Spencer Academy SCITT to offer placements for Teacher Training.

To find out more information & how to apply, please click here.

 


Our Challenge Curriculum enthuses, motivates and creates a thirst for knowledge amongst our children. It fulfils the new National Curriculum and successfully builds on pupils' skills and knowledge as they move through the school. The half-termly questions, which provide focus and purpose, meet the needs and interests of our pupils and are often linked effectively to both national and local events.

'WOW' days are an integral part of our curriculum and fuel enormous enthusiasm towards learning. Children are well engaged by a range of educational visits, visitors into school, dressing up days, real life problem solving – all of which result in the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum, which builds upon moral, cultural and spiritual development and that inspires life long learners.

Subjects are linked cohesively, giving meaning and purpose to pupils' learning. The opportunity to extend pupils' reading, writing and mathematical skills through other subjects are utilised regularly and effectively.

The children are encouraged to be independent, empowered learners from Reception to Year 6. The practical, real life approach begins in Reception, where the children's play-based curiosity is carefully guided. Throughout our school, the children are encouraged to adopt a reflective approach to the progress they have made across individual lessons, and over a sequence of lessons. They challenge themselves throughout the curriculum by independently choosing from differentiated work, using our 'Starter', 'Main Course' and 'Dessert' approach. This enables children to progress quickly and effectively; often leading to 'Coffee' or even 'After-Dinner Mints' work!

Our imaginative and creative curriculum builds upon knowledge and skills and results in children who are able to truly 'SHINE' in so many ways.

 

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