Teaching and Learning is at the heart of school life. We make sure that our curriculum is wide-ranging and balanced, with planned progression and differentiation, meeting the requirements of the Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum, Religious Education and Collective Worship.
We enrich and extend our curriculum through forest school and outdoor learning, specialist music, language and PE teachers, ‘School Without Walls’, Arts week, visits locally and abroad and performances in the Egg Theatre. Every class has a weekly library lesson. This year we have joined forces with English Heritage to ensure our history units make strong local links. Every Friday we have ‘Flexi Fridays’ where children in years 1 to 6 come to school in their PE kit. Over the day the children all take part in PE, forest school and art or DT lessons.
We teach mathematics using a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach taking many ideas from the White Rose scheme of work. Children are taught how to use objects and images to support their understanding of mathematical concepts before they use and apply these concepts in abstract mathematical problems.
We teach writing using Write Stuff; a highly structured and carefully modelled approach to teaching writing that enables children to extend and enrich their vocabulary and sentence structures through the creative writing process.
For all national curriculum subjects we have a 2-year rolling programme of topics.
To read more about our curriculum intent, how we implement it and the impact it has please read our Curriculum Statement .
In Reception Year children follow the Early Years Curriculum.
This Curriculum covers 7 areas of learning and development. These areas are broken down into various aspects.
|Area of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making relationships|
|Self-confidence and self-awareness|
|Managing feelings and behavior|
|Physical Development||Moving and handling|
|Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language||Listening and attention|
|Shape, space and measure|
|Understanding the World||People and communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Exploring and using media and materials|
The Prime Areas are of primary importance as they impact on all the Specific areas and lay the building blocks for children’s development as successful learners. Through a range of practical activities, active and purposeful play and talk, pupils develop important social, emotional and communication skills and other basic concepts needed for their later learning.
We provide a rich and stimulating environment using both our indoor and outdoor areas. A balance of child initiated (free choice) activities and those planned or led by adults are offered.
We link the 7 Areas of Learning through a Topic that changes each term and develops according to the children’s emerging interests. To bring our Topic to life we often have guest speakers and also arrange off site trips.
First and foremost we aim to support children to feel safe and happy at school. Reception children are allocated a Year 6 ‘Buddy’ who looks after them. We work in close partnership with families, valuing the enormous contribution that parents and carers make in supporting their children’s learning at home.