The curriculum is well constructed and well taught. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of all pupils are met. The impact of the curriculum is monitored through planning, monitoring of books and displays, lesson learning walks, date outcomes and discussions with staff, pupils and parents. Pupils’ enjoyment of the well-planned curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and exceptional behaviour.
Our pupils are able to form meaningful relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well. They have a real sense of responsibility as future citizens and grow up being able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.
It produces confident, independent, resilient pupils who are motivated learners and have a real thirst for learning. Pupils leave Fojanga Academy’s well equipped with the skills needed to achieve success in life. Our curriculum allows each pupil to excel and be the best they can be.
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1. Fojanga Academy has an ambitious, rich and activity(Play) based curriculum that is embedded securely and consistently across the school. It is aligned to the Gambia National Curriculum and enriched with British curriculum, ensuring it is clear about how pupils reach the curriculum endpoints.
2. New knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. The curriculum is taught systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills that they need in order to achieve their full potential.
3. Our curriculum is child centered. It is driven by the needs of the pupils and addresses any gaps in their knowledge and skills.
4. The curriculum is designed to prepare children to make positive contributions to their community and wider society.
5. The curriculum promotes self-belief, inquisitive minds and a spirit of curiosity. It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
6. The curriculum values diversity. It supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that they are well prepared for life in modern Gambia and beyond.
7. Ultimately, we want all of our pupils to be the best they can be. Above all, we hope that our pupils will be happy.
1. The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to equip pupils with cumulative knowledge and skills for future learning.
2. Learning is revisited and developed year-on-year, to ensure a real depth of learning across the school.
3. Subject Leaders have the necessary expertise to play a pivotal role in both the design and delivery of their subject area; ensuring a clear progression of both skills and knowledge across all year groups, underpinned by a robust assessment system.
4. Teachers enable pupils to understand key concepts and connect new knowledge with existing knowledge. Teaching is inspirational and the learning ethos in lessons is exceptional.
5. Teachers plan lessons meticulously using prior skilful assessment to match the learning according to need. There is special priority given to opportunities for questioning, speaking and listening through discussion, paired and group work and through role-play. Teachers present information clearly and have excellent subject knowledge.
6. Well-prepared lessons have imaginative activities matched to learning questions and tasks..
7. Ongoing professional development for all staff is a priority to ensure they have all the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the highest across the entire curriculum.
8. Assessment is used to effectively identify next steps and include skilful differentiation, targeted support or tailored intervention.
9. Fojanga Academy takes priority at providing a highly inclusive environment. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their full potential. Those who are most able are challenged and offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depths. Those who struggle are encouraged to embed skills to develop at their own pace and simply to learn in style that best suits their individual needs.
10. Homework is differentiated by ability. Expectation about the amount of homework increases as the pupils progress through the school. Homework is aligned to the curriculum and a variety of activities are utilised including subscriptions to online learning and Google Classroom where appropriate.
11. Pupils read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension. Pupils are taught to foster a love of reading by teachers talking knowledgably about the literature in their classrooms and having book areas. Children choose books of their choice from our library to read during weekend time. All this demonstrate how much books are valued.
12. We make the most of our outdoor learning environment to enhance hands-on learning experiences and promote active learning.
13. Fojanga Academy’s offers a varied timetable for extracurricular activities, with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills(French clubs, Science club, Design and Technology club, Coding Club, Swimming Club). These clubs are open to children from other schools and will be active during holidays.
14. We have high expectations of attendance and pupil behaviour.
15. We are committed to working in partnership with parents as we believe that when home and school work closely together we achieve the best outcomes for our pupils.