In Nursery we follow The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This lists 7 areas of development that children must have opportunities to practise and develop. These are split into two categories Prime Areas and Specific Areas. Prime Areas include; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. Specific Areas include; Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design. Initially in Nursery, the main focus is to develop children in the Prime Areas ensure they have a good level of basic skills.
Children learn through play! They have plenty of opportunities to explore their environment independently and initiate their own learning through play. Nursery staff also lead daily taught lessons where new skills are modelled and practised.
All topics are based on children’s interests, fascinations and hobbies. Children are therefore always engaged and excited in the curriculum and their learning environment!
From Nursery we begin to introduce Phonics teaching. We follow the Letters and Sounds approach and initially children will focus on Phase 1, moving on to Phase 2 sounds when they are ready.
In the Reception year, children continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and are taught through the seven areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design. We will also focus on how the children learn and work to develop The Characteristics of Effective Learning; Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.
We plan through child interest, therefore our topics are decided by the children and based on their fascinations, hobbies and the things they like the most. This leaves lots of opportunities to plan our lessons around Superheroes, Princesses, Dinosaurs, Lego... Whatever the children enjoy the most.
Children learn through play! Therefore each day children will have "Child Initiated Time" where they have the chance to explore their environment and practise skills independently. During this time adults in the setting will play alongside children and encourage them to work towards their next steps. Adult led sessions are also planned to teach particular concepts and help with children's individual next steps.
During your child’s first half term in the Reception Class you will be invited to meet their teacher and look at your child’s Learning Journey. This will be used to track your child’s progress throughout the Reception Year and you will continue to receive termly reports about their progress, with a further written summary at the end of the summer term.
In the Reception Class children are taught early reading and writing skills through a highly structured programme of phonics called Letters and Sounds. In addition they are encouraged to enjoy and read a range of books for pleasure and to write for a range of purposes.
Year 1-Year 6
The Core areas of the curriculum are:
Maths is a core subject in the current National Curriculum. The aims of the school are to encourage the effective use and application of Mathematics in a wide range of contexts. Pupils may work individually, within a group or as a class. They will be introduced to a range of practical, oral, mental and written methods that build on progression of knowledge and skills over time. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop fluency in key methods, reason about their learning and apply knowledge in a range of investigative and problem solving contexts.
English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. The school's aim is to enable children to learn and employ, to their full potential, the four modes of communication (Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading). We encourage the development of skills relating particularly to phonics, speaking and listening, reading fluency and written work, including spelling, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and creative writing.
Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum. We aim to equip children with the knowledge and adaptability which life requires. We recognize that the acquisition of facts, principles and knowledge is vital but we place equal value on the skills which children obtain through a very practical involvement in Science activities. In this practical element, which the National Curriculum calls the "Exploration of Science", existing knowledge and understanding are applied. Through observation, testing and communication of findings, new knowledge and understanding are gained.
Computing is a core subject in the National Curriculum and an area of the curriculum that is not only taught as a separate subject with its own range of skills and knowledge, but as a tool for accessing a great wealth of information to support the teaching of all subjects within the National Curriculum. To facilitate this teaching we have a wonderful computer suite with Internet access and mobile devices in every classroom. We have a learning platform that enables pupils and staff to access a wide range of resources and activities at school and at home.
The creative curriculum combines skills on the following subjects; geography, history, art, design technology and music. It is delivered from Year 1 - Year 6. The curriculum is skills based and is taught through a cross-curricular theme. The progression of skills have been mapped out throughout the school to ensure continuity and coverage across the curriculum. The curriculum is delivered in a varied and exciting way using technology and includes many school visits and guest speakers.
The schools aims for physical education are to promote physical activity, positive attitudes and foster a healthy lifestyle. Physical Education should be enjoyable, promote teamwork and encourage the pursuit of excellence in all children. The time allocated to individual and team sports within the formal curriculum is, at present two hours.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
The moral tone of the School is based on Christian principles, which form the basis for R.E. teaching however, the theories and workings of other faiths are also included in our teaching. As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from R.E sessions and if you would like to discuss this then, in the first instance, please talk with the class teacher. Collective worship is based upon religious festival and S.E.A.L objectives and we have weekly themed assemblies. We encourage pupils to be reflective and foster respect and understanding for other religions and cultures.
Children are encouraged to take home their reading books and learn spellings on a weekly basis from Year 1. In foundation stage, key words and phonics are sent home. Learning logs are used throughout school and focus on independent and creative home learning.
If you have any other queries about our school curriculum, please feel free to arrange a meeting with your child's teacher.
Alternatively you can find more information on the national curriculum website.