An Introduction to the Curriculum

 


“Learning and Caring together” reflects our understanding and beliefs. We aim to ensure that the children at our school are provided with high quality learning experiences based on a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of pupils at the school, within a caring and safe environment. This leads to a consistently high level of pupil achievement, preparing pupils for the challenges, opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
In doing so we value:

• self esteem
• honesty
• mutual respect
• compassion
• social responsibility
• inquiring minds
• determination
• resourcefulness

Primary National Curriculum 2014

The new curriculum focuses on essential core subject knowledge and skills. Staff have been using this and the curriculum overviews (see below) to map out a new curriculum.

Parents guide to the National Curriculum

New curriculum overview Years 1 - 6 

We also follow Hampshire's phase planners for Literacy and Maths. 

 

Teachers’ planning makes links between subject areas wherever possible to enable children to apply their skills in different curriculum areas and make their learning more meaningful. Below you can find a overview for each year group, which outlines what is being taught in each term.

Key Stage One currently follow Letters and sounds to support the teaching of Phonics, alongside they also us materials from Jolly Phonics and Ruth Miskin. We use a variety of different reading books including Collins, Big Cat and Oxford.
The school follows Hampshire Phases for Literacy and maths.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is the statutory framework that sets out children’s learning and development in the Foundation Stage.  It gives children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first:

Communication and language;

Physical development; 

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 four specific areas:

Literacy;

Mathematics;

Understanding the world; 

Expressive arts and design

 

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities which are tailored to suit your child’s individual needs.  The curriculum is 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.

At the end of the EYFS teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. In the meanwhile you can look at your child's learning journey through Tapestry, a secure online learning journey.

We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning.  The activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.  For example, talking, listening, reading, singing nursery rhymes, cooking and baking or playing outside with them. More ideas can be found at:

www.earlyhomelearning.org.uk.

Please upload any comments or pictures you have on to your child's Tapestry profile. 

You can find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. The Foundation Year’s website also includes a range of resources and contacts.

 

Topic-based learning

Many areas of our curriculum are taught through cross-curricular topics. This is a fun and engaging approach to learning and means that many of the subjects listed above are linked to a topic. Topics are wide and varied and include subjects such as Fairy tales, Romans, Super hero's and many more. Please see class pages for more information.

We like to look at our children as individuals and provide them with the support they need as individuals. This includes any child who has a specific learning difficulty or special educational need and any a child who is very able, gifted or talented. For more information on Special needs click 'here' 

Themed sessions

We work hard on creating an environment in which every child feels safe, happy and valued. Within this our talented and experienced teachers provide stimulating national curriculum lessons that are fun and engaging. These include special theme sessions, such as Book Week, Maths Challenges, Camo day and Olympic Week, as well as visits from external providers such as theatre companies who are able to add another dimension to our teachers’ classroom practice. .

 

If you have any questions about the curriculum please see the class teacher who will be happy to discuss these.