Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

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.

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. Where possible which we teach most of our subjects in a cross-curriculum way.

Beech Long Term Plans Year A 2018-19

Sycamore Long Term Plans Year A 2019-19

We are currently evaluating and reviewing our wider curriculum ready for 2019. Our new plans will be available soon!

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
Prime Areas
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
Understanding
Speaking
Specific Areas
Literacy Reading
Writing
Mathematics Numbers
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World People and communities
The world
Technology
Expressive Arts and Design Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative

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.

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