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Subject Intentions

What do we want from our subjects?


Below you will find the intent for each subject at Fleetdown Primary Academy, as outlined by the subject leader. This sets out the aims of the subject as well as three key words which link to the subject.


MATHS - Sophie Dalton

Challenge, Reasoning, Concept

Maths at Fleetdown is an active experience where are children are involved in the learning process. Children work collaboratively with a variety of other children in their class to explore concepts in a wide variety of contexts, including real-world examples to support them outside of school. All children are encouraged to make use of manipulatives and physical resources to develop their understanding.


Children are taught to apply knowledge to problems which builds their mathemathics and problem-solving skills. Our scheme of power maths makes use of prior learning which encourages children to make connections between concepts taught and solve problems using their skills.


Maths is for all – at Fleetdown, all pupils, regardless of their starting point, are given access to a wide variety of appropriately challenging activities with plenty of opportunity to problem solve and reason about concepts to support them in developing a love of maths.


SCIENCE - Rowan Osborn

Question, Broaden, Curiosity

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, they should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how key foundational knowledge and concepts can be used for explanation of what is occurring, prediction of how things will behave, and analysis of causes. This foundational understanding should be consolidated through appreciation of specific applications in society and the economy, bringing their learning into a real-world understanding.

The science leader takes regular insight from both staff and pupils through feedback, constantly looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of our scientific teaching and lesson delivery. We intend to bring scientific exploration into the school from the earliest possible phase of education.

ART - Becky Harris

Explore, Inspire, Create

I'm Miss Harris and I am the Art Leader at Fleetdown Primary Academy. I believe that there is creativity within every child and our aim at school is to install a lifelong love of the subject. I also believe that art is not only a vehicle in which to express feelings and thoughts but can also help build self-esteem and confidence and give pupils a sense of ambition. Art is a very nurturing subject as there is no right or wrong answer but instead reflects each child’s individual thoughts and feelings. At Fleetdown Art is interwoven through our topics and allows our children to show respect, responsibility and equality as we share our work and learn together through collaborative pieces.


DT - Lynne Burge

Practical, Resourceful, Imagination

Hello! My name is Mrs Burge and I lead Design and Technology at Fleetdown Primary Academy. Fleetdown children will be inspired in practical and creative ways as they are encouraged to use their imagination to design and make products. They are taught to be resilient, to make mistakes during challenging tasks so improvements can be made to their product. We can have cross-curricular links to other subjects such as science, mathematics and computing to help them during the design process. Children learn to collaborate, be resourceful and innovate. Making them valuable members of the school and community. These are key skills required for life.


LANGUAGES - Toniann Braniff

Culture, Communication, Pride

Language learning is an important skill, but unfortunately not one that most adults have had the chance or privilege to gain throughout their lives. We want to change this! At Fleetdown we teach French from Year 3 using the Language Angels scheme which starts with the basics of the French language. Our lessons should be as fun and interactive as possible to allow the children as many chances to practice their newly learnt skills.


RE - Alisha Smith

Respect, Diversity, Expression

 In our school RE promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages all our pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community. This is a significant element of our school curriculum which outlines how, as a school, we aim to provide the opportunity for children to learn from and about their own and other cultures, respect diversity, cooperate with one another and appreciate and celebrate our differences.  As the children progress throughout our school, they will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding while applying subject specific skills at a deeper level. 


PSHE - Jessica Jones

Confidence, Healthy, Well-Being

Hello, my name is Miss Jones and I am the PSHE lead here at Fleetdown. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught as a discrete subject each week. We aim to deliver a curriculum that inspires and gives our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, happy and independent lives. We aim to prepare children to become responsible, active and informed citizens prepared for a rapidly changing world. PSHE skills are not only developed through class teaching, the skills are developed through small group interventions, circle time, key stage and class assemblies, and through whole school events, such as mental health awareness week and Anti-bullying week which takes place each November. Furthermore, links to PSHE are made in other subjects to support cross curricular learning. PSHE is at the heart of everything we do at Fleetdown!   


COMPUTING - Josie Hadley

E-Safety, Technology, Future

Computing is a subject that is part of all of our everyday lives, in every profession. This means we are striving for the children to be digitally literate, in a wide variety of topics, by the time that they leave Year 6. Our children have access to a wide range of resources therefore becoming familiar with Computing language, such as algorithm, debug and networks, to explain their learning. The children learn how to behave online and what to do if something is worrying them. We inspire our children to take Computing technology further than we can even imagine, both as users and creators, and that journey begins here, with Computing at Fleetdown!



Challenge, Adventure, Resilience

Hello! My name is Miss Jones and I lead Forest School and Outdoor Learning at Fleetdown Academy. Forest School has recently expanded at Fleetdown and we are very proud to have this area of learning across all year groups and accessible to all children. We have established a second forest school site this year and have a very creative approach to outdoor learning. Forest School is intended to support our personalised curriculum, our development of resilience and confidence in our young people in preparation for life skills as they leave Fleetdown for the next step in their education. Forest School supports children’s self-esteem, communication and is unhurried so children can explore nature whilst learn new skills which transcend back into the classroom.



Confidence, Activity, Determination

It is our intention that every child, irrelevant of their needs, develops a passion for Physical Education. We aspire for them to seek out and embrace the wide range of sporting opportunities provided at Fleetdown and take up sporting clubs outside of school. Great importance is placed on our PE lessons because we believe physical activity and sport can bring many benefits, such as; enabling children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination, it encourages children to work independently and with others, helps children apply rules (which can also be transferred to other skills in life), teaches children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise and emphasises how to make healthy lifestyle choices and promotes mental health too. PE can also develop creativity and imagination and provide an understanding of how to deal with success and loss.


HISTORY - Sarah Akister

Immersive, Diverse, Thought-Provoking

Using our bespoke curriculum here at Fleetdown, history is taught through topic based learning. In Key Stage one we aim to foster a curiosity about the past, studying subjects such as dinosaurs and the Great Fire of London.

Across Key Stage 2, British History is taught chronologically beginning with the Stone age in Year 3 and concluding with World War II in Year 6, alongside ancient history (Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Benins). 

We make regular cross-curricular links to foundation and core subjects - for example using mathematical calculations when analysing the impact made by The Roman Empire on the rest of Europe and the world. By referring to key facts and skills detailed on our Fleetdown 'Sticky Knowledge' overview documents, children are aware of not just what they will be learning within that term, but also the knowledge gained in years prior. By assessing our children's attainment and progress using our 'OTrack' software, we can see the development of their learning and address any misconceptions or gaps as they move through the school.


GEOGRAPHY - Geoff Wilson

Community, Environment, Population

Hello, my name is Mr Wilson and I became Geography lead at Fleetdown Primary Academy in September 2021. Our children will have a deep understanding of their local environment and the diverse surroundings in the wider world, with appreciation to human and physical characteristics. 

We will aim to deliver a curriculum that:

Inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people 

Equips children with an understanding of diverse places, people, resources and environments around them

Allows children to build on prior learning about physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments

Develops an understanding that the Earth’s features are interconnected and change over time

Encourages exploration of their own environment and challenges pupils to make connections between their local surroundings and that of contrasting settlements  

Uses our local area and community to develop geographical skills and knowledge


MUSIC - Cathy Rae

Creativity, Analysis, Expression

At Fleetdown Primary Academy, we use the online resource Kapow which provides quality planning of music across the primary phase. We aim to develop children’s creativity and self-expression through singing, playing instruments, listening to a diverse range of musical genres and critically analysing what they hear. Our children are encouraged to explore, experiment and develop their skills as they move through the school, building on what they have learnt the previous year. Our bespoke curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our children, making links with the local community and surrounding area. They are not only taught musical skills but also an understanding around its history and how it varies between cultures around the world. Children are taught to use musical vocabulary and express their ideas through asking and answering questions as well as paired, group and whole-class discussions.


THE PIRATE SHIP - Michaela Wright

Identity, Inclusion, Equality

Hello! My name is Miss Wright, Teacher of the Deaf, and I lead our Specialist Resource Provision for hearing-impaired learners at Fleetdown Primary Academy.  As a provision, our aim is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential, academically, socially and emotionally, in a safe and nurturing environment. We work hard to actively promote deaf friendly teaching strategies throughout our school community, ensuring equal opportunities for all of our pupils. Throughout their school life, we equip our children with the skills necessary, to become confident, independent learners, within a total communication environment, where British Sign language is recognised and celebrated.  


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