The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe strongly that we should educate the whole child and so, along with the statutory requirements to deliver the National Curriculum and Religious Education, we ensure our children receive opportunities to develop their skills and abilities to the full. We are committed to providing as wide a range of activities as possible and this extends to our after school provision and residential trips. We also believe passionately that a child needs to understand their feelings and emotions and have high selfesteem in order to cope with life. Therefore we are committed to providing quality personal and social education for all our pupils.
Learning in school follows the Foundation Stage Curriculum for the children in the Reception Year and the National Curriculum for children at Key Stage 1 ( Years 1- 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6).
The Curriculum Policy can be found here.
Curriculum Explanation for The Foundation Stage
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of
learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in
primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.
Through play, in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can:
- Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world;
- Practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills;
- Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules;
- Be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings;
- Take risks and make mistakes;
- Think creatively and imaginatively;
- Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems;
- Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.
Our role is crucial in…
- Planning and resourcing a challenging environment;
- Supporting children’s learning through planned play activity;
- Extending and supporting children’s spontaneous play;
- Extending and developing children’s language and communication in their play.
At Key Stages 1 and 2 children study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Personal, Social and Health Education, Design and Technology, Art, Music, History, Geography, Religious Education and Physical Education (including swimming). Often children are taught through topics which link themes across subjects and make learning meaningful.
Children’s learning is assessed regularly by teachers to ensure they are making good progress. This is ongoing. In addition, children are formally assessed twice a year as well as at the end of units of teaching. Children in Years 2 and 6 are also assessed according to the statutory requirements of the Government through the SATs tests in May. In the Reception year the class teacher completes a profile charting the child’s progress and the completed profile is reported to parents and the Local Authority. All school policies are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure continuity and progression for the children.