Early Years Foundation: nursery and Reception
We provide interesting experiences that are appropriate for our Nursery and Reception classes, basing all the experiences we offer around the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
We offer each unique child the opportunity to learn indoors and out, as we help your child towards achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year.
When planning for children’s learning we consider their stage of development within three prime areas and four specific areas of learning outlined below.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
Reading and writing are taught through the daily use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme.
- provide a safe, secure and inspiring environment with a happy, welcoming atmosphere.
- provide experiences that are broad and balanced and offer equal opportunities to all children.
- promote personal and social competence and children develop positive attitudes towards each other.
- monitor and document children's progress through regular observation, photographs, and collected pieces of work, collated in individual learning journals. This process helps us identify the next steps in their learning. Parents are invited to collaborate in this process and share information through discussion and completing 'wow vouchers'.
- recognise that play is child's work; it is how they learn about the world in which they are growing up and it can be very intense. Play helps children to learn and develop through doing and talking, exploring and investigating and by creating and experimenting.
- plan a range of play activities and experiences, which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development. There is a careful balance between child led and adult led experiences, and are all designed to develop the whole child.
Key Stage 1 (KS1) – Years 1 and 2
Our aim is to deliver the majority of learning through the natural desire young children have for investigation and experimentation.
These aspects are a major contributor to intellectual growth and that children need plenty of opportunities to consolidate their learning and understanding through investigation and experimentation.
At our school the New Primary Curriculum, which came into force from September 2014 is delivered via purposeful contexts and topics that aim to stimulate young minds.
The children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship. The transition from reception to Year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where Year 1 children learn through play and whilst continuing to use the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to develop the child’s learning and social development.
English and mathematics are taught daily and children also receive daily guided reading sessions.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star).
Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Children needing further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our team of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).
Key Stage 2 (KS2) – Years 3-6
KS2 is the area of the school that focuses on the care and education of pupils aged between 7 – 11 years.
Our aim is to give our children the best possible preparation for their transition to secondary school. We do this by striving for high academic standards in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science while encouraging children to become collaborative learners and responsible British citizens.
English and mathematics are taught daily, following the primary National Curriculum that was introduced in 2014.
- teachers choose texts that will inspire and motivate their children whilst ensuring coverage of a full range of genres and skills, which are taught throughout each year
- a spelling session, followed by a reading session to develop comprehension skills, is carried out daily
- each child has personal literacy targets, which they aim to achieve at regular intervals throughout the year.
- All KS2 children work towards achieving a differentiated termly target and strengthen their understanding in that particular area of maths
- teachers ensure maths concepts are taught and contextualised and that the children are given opportunities to practice and apply their maths skills in real life problem solving situations
- teachers recognise the importance of fluency in maths therefore mental maths is taught in a focused but fun way in which the children regularly try and beat their own mental maths speed
- Students take part in mental maths competition and challenges through a maths program called Sumdog.
Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs are identified and interventions put into place to help address their needs. Children benefiting from further encouragement or support may also work in small groups with one of our team of HLTAs.
Each term follows a different theme, which encompasses history, geography, art, and design and technology, and is linked to the National Curriculum. Themed learning ensures that there are fun, yet challenging activities for the children to engage in. It encourages independent thinking and creativity, whilst acquiring the skills and knowledge for lifelong learning. Children are taught a modern foreign language, which this year is French.
At the end of Key Stage 2, our children take a Standard Assessment Test (SATs) in mathematics, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Their writing is assessed against national standards.