We follow Government statutory guidance through a creative approach in a way that is enjoyable as well as being informative and educational. Our aim is to engage and inspire every child. Educational visits and visitors to school enable us to provide real opportunities to reinforce learning, widen horizons, develop new skills and engage in new experiences. We also use Forest School throughout the school to develop skills, apply knowledge and take risky opportunities.
Early Years Foundation Stage (4-5 yrs) Curriculum
Each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum has equal weighting and children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all of these areas through a wide range of activities and play. Through careful observation and assessment staff are able to move children on in their learning and to also encourage them to participate in identifying the next steps for their learning.
Learning opportunities are developed through:
Play which is structured at times to enable new skills to develop.
Children’s’ interests noted by staff and suggestions from parents.
Allowing children to make their own decisions and choices.
Providing a range of stimulating resources that children are encouraged to explore freely and through direction from staff.
Incorporating drama and role-play into sessions.
Catering for different learning styles and needs
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 yrs) Curriculum
We want children to enjoy learning through involvement in a meaningful, purposeful and relevant curriculum that develops lively, enquiring minds and gives children skills for life.
The National Curriculum is used to guide and support teaching and learning at the school.
The National Curriculum includes:
English, Mathematics and Science
The Foundation Subjects
Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and a Modern Foreign Langauge (KS2 only)
Careful planning ensures that these subjects are matched with the age, ability and experience of each child. Computing is used throughout the curriculum, both as a teaching resource and as a tool for recording, collecting and sorting information.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
Phonics and Reading
Children learn through a daily differentiated 4 part phonics lesson, following ‘Letters and Sounds’ within a 6 phase progression structure. Each phonics session provides a multi-sensory teaching approach. This benefits all types of learners (auditory, visual, kinaesthetic) by using resources such as smart boards (Phonics Play/Bug Club), magnetic letters, wipe boards, puppets etc.
In Key Stage 1 we focus on two fundamental areas in reading; decoding (the skill of reading words) and comprehension (understanding what is happening in the text.) We use bug club to support reading at home and are very excited to be introducing Accelerated Reader into Year 2 in the very near future.