The curriculum is all the learning activities used to promote learning and personal growth and development. The curriculum includes both statutory requirements and a range of extra-curricular activities used to enrich the learning experiences of the children e.g. in Foundation Stage the children are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and in Key Stage 1 and 2 they are taught using the National Curriculum. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills so that they achieve their true potential. In the Primary School there are three “Key Stages” for the different age groups:
- The Foundation Stage: 4 to 5 years (Early Years Foundation Stage)
- Key Stage One: 5 to 7 years (National Curriculum)
- Key Stage Two: 7 to 11 years (National Curriculum)
Early Years Foundation Stage
The early year’s foundation stage (EYFS) (please follow this link for information on the curriculum and on the content for each area of learning) sets the statutory standards that all early years providers must meet. This includes all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register. The EYFS aims to provide:
- quality and consistency in all early years settings
- a secure foundation for all children for good progress through school and life
- partnerships between different practitioners
- partnerships between parents or carers and practitioners
- equality of opportunity for all children
A new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014 which contains the programmes of study for all subjects and key stages (NB In 2014-2015 our Y1/3/4/5 will be following the new National Curriculum for all subjects, and Y2/Y6 will be following the programmes of study from the previous curriculum in English, mathematics and science in line with the end of year SATs assessments). The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens but is just one element in the education of every child. There are time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. It incorporates the following subjects (please follow links for the content for each subject and each year group in KS1 and KS2):
- mathematics (for more support with maths at home please click this link for a handy guide to school maths terms A-Z of maths terms)
- art and design
- design and technology
- languages (statutory for key stage 2 only)
- physical education
Phonics and reading schemes in FS2 and KS1
We follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme daily in FS2 and Key Stage 1 (this is also consolidated in KS2 where needed) which is supported in school with other resources such as ‘Splash Phonics’ and ‘Phonics Play’. KS1 use a range of texts to support phonics and reading skill development to ensure that the children access a wealth of quality reading materials e.g. Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Project X and Songbird reading scheme materials.
Assessing your child’s achievements and progress
We aim to work in partnership with parents throughout your child’s journey in our school. We monitor your child’s learning and progress and have a shared dialogue with parents and carers throughout the school year to both celebrate areas of success and share your child’s next learning steps and targets with you. Much assessment is ‘teacher assessment’ (e.g. observations of your child’s abilities on a day to day basis, evidence from books/independent learning tasks etc.) which is supported by more formal assessments of your child’s learning at key points. We use a range of tasks and tests which provide a clear indication of progress and needs, for example when children are 7 and 11 their progress is assessed and their achievements are related to the National Curriculum expectations – these assessments are known as SATs (Standard Attainment Tests). Children in the Foundation Stage are also formally assessed at the end of Foundation 2 using on-going evidence which has been collected to create a profile of their attainment against different areas of learning.
Would you like to know more?
Please see the following link if you would like more information about the National Curriculum
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum or see the policy pages of our website for information on specific subjects. Alternatively, please make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like more information.
For more information regarding the Curriculum please contact the headteacher, information on how you can contact us can be found on the Contact Us page