CoreCurriculum

The Foundation Stage:

During the reception year the children follow the Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum is divided into:

Six Areas of Learning:

Personal, Social & Emotional Development:
Developing self confidence and the confidence to persevere and try new activities; building new relationships and working and playing together; understanding the needs and views of others; becoming independent in as many ways as possible.

Communication, Language and Literacy:
Developing skills in speaking and listening and helping to gain confidence in early reading and writing skills.

Mathematical Development:
Making sense of the language of mathematics; understanding the use of numbers as labels and for counting, simple calculations and to understand simple ideas of shape and measurement in its many forms.

Knowledge and Understanding of the world:
Developing knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of and find out about, the world they live in, forming the foundation for later work in Science, Technology, History, Geography and ICT.

Physical Development:
Improving and developing skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement, as well as P.E., dance and games; using construction and other small equipment, scissors, paintbrushes, pencils, crayons etc; developing fine motor skills.

Creative Development:
Using their imaginations in art, music and role play; being creative; making connections in their learning and becoming creative learners.

Key Stages 1 and 2

English
The teaching of speaking and listening, reading and writing is given a high priority in all areas of the curriculum. A variety of experiences and opportunities is provided to develop speaking and listening skills. Great emphasis is placed upon learning to read.

A combination of “look and say” and phonic methods are used and the children’s progress is carefully monitored in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Reading Scheme
In the Infants the main reading scheme is the Oxford University Press Reading programme supported by Project X, Ginn 360 and other reading schemes. In the Juniors the main reading scheme is Ginn 360 supported by Oxford University Press Programme and other lateral reading schemes.

All children have access to library books for information and enjoyment. Both reading scheme and library books are taken home and parents are encouraged to take an active role in the learning to read process and also to help foster the love of books.

From early years our children are encouraged to write freely and their attempts are valued. As they progress through the school they are presented with purposeful opportunities for independent writing. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Mathematics
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. In mathematics all children are given the opportunity to achieve success at their own level. To support this, maths work is varied and includes individual, small group/large group work and class work. Children are set for maths from the Spring term of Year 3.

Children are expected to learn and apply their tables. There is an emphasis on the development of key skills and the ability to use and apply these to solve problems.

The school has the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark for the teaching of Mathematics.

Science

Our science curriculum reflects the revised National Curriculum orders and the School aims to develop within our children a lively interest in science, a range of skills which will enable them to carry out investigations in a balanced and scientific manner, a scientific approach to problem solving and an understanding of the world around them.