At Franklin we offer an education rich in knowledge, culture and vocabulary, rooted in the best that has been thought and said so far, with reading at its heart. Our work takes place in a nurturing environment that invests heavily in social and emotional capital, enabling all to thrive. Our aim is to achieve real equity and equality of opportunity for all pupils. Franklin alumni will leave us with a deep body of knowledge embellished by culturally rich experiences, enabling them to confidently and successfully navigate the world beyond our gates.
Our curriculum is designed around four key principles:
- Knowledge rich – We have carefully specified a rich and broad body of core knowledge: we believe this knowledge is the very best that has been thought and said in each subject discipline.
- Academically ambitious – The curriculum contains knowledge that students are unlikely to otherwise encounter or understand without a teacher’s support. The content selected is ambitious in order to challenge the most able and provide a rich and empowering education to all.
- Logically sequenced – The curriculum sets out a logical, manageable journey that students need to embark on to advance in each subject.
- Designed to support memory – Learning is a change in long-term memory. The curriculum is structured to help students remember, not simply encounter, the core knowledge they learn.
Impact & Assessment
At Ark Franklin, we believe that effective assessment provides useful information to improve teaching and learning. Our rigorous progress and target setting model supports this. We provide children with regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what they need to do better. This allows us to base our lesson plans on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We also give parents/carers regular reports on their child’s progress, so that teachers, children and parents/carers are all working together to raise standards for all our children.
The aims and objectives of assessment in our academy are:
- To enable our children to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do in their learning
- To help our children understand what they need to do next to improve their learning
- To allow teachers to plan learning that accurately reflects the needs of each child
- To provide regular information for parents/carers that enables them to support their child’s learning
- To provide the Headteacher and governors with information that allows them to make judgements about the effectiveness of the academy
- To help us to plan highly effective learning opportunities