Our children in Reception follow the Early Year Curriculum and learn through play both inside and in the outside classroom. We ensure that our children feel secure and that they develop self-confidence and resilience through their daily learning. We consolidate their skills through Planning in the Moment where their individual interests and needs are nurtured and developed. We also teach discreet Phonic and Maths lessons daily.
The Foundation stage has seven key areas of learning as follows:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Observation and Assessment.
The majority of our learning in Reception is child initiated and our committed and professional staff use 2 simple assessments to observe children’s learning and decide on individual Next Steps.
Partnership with parents
Our parents have such an important role to play in their children learning and development. We have regular meetings to discuss each child’s needs and skills. We offer regular Stay Play and Learn sessions for parents to come and work alongside their child and to understand ways in which they can support their child’s learning at home.
Key Stage One: (Year 1 & Year 2)
All class activities and lessons in Key Stage 1 are taught using a mixture of class, group and individual teaching methods. The National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 will be taught as part of carefully chosen topics but English and Maths are taught separately.
ICT is taught ‘distinctly’ as well as being used to support learning across the curriculum.
We are currently revising our curriculum to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum for September 2014. We will be basing it on the International Primary Curriculum, personalised to our school. The link to the I.P.C website is below.
Key Stage Two: (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6)
Basic teaching methods in Key Stage 2 remain the same, i.e. a well-balanced mixture of teacher led class lessons, small group work and individual learning.
Skills in Mathematics and English are taught in a systematic and carefully planned way. Again, as in Key Stage 1, other subjects may be taught as topics.
ICT skills are developed systematically and children learn to use computers as a tool to aid learning across the curriculum. Italian is also taught.
The link to the I.P.C website is below.
Children are encouraged to read regularly and we do not view this as homework.
Key Stage 2 children have a homework notebook for both teacher and parent to sign.