The Curriculum in EYFS, KS1 and KS2

Children begin their learning journey following the new statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.  Progress is assessed against the Early Learning Goals across seven areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Devleopment
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In KS1 and KS2, National Curriculum core subjects are: English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation), Mathematics and Science.  Our school follows the National Curriculum Programmes of study for these subject areas and these are delivered in a variety of ways that provide continuity of learning for the children across the school.  In writing, for key stages 1 and 2 we have developed our own unique scheme of work, that ensures progress is made whilst still being in line with the requirements set out in the National Curriculum.   Our school uses Assertive Mentoring materials in Years One to Six to assess and develop children's skills in Mathematics, Spelling, Reading Comprehension and Grammar and Puncuation. 

Phonics is formally taught throughout Early Years (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).  The structure of it's planning and delivery is dictated by the 'Letters and Sounds' document, although we do use additional interactive resources / games to aid application and consolidation. 

From Year One onwards, children undertake regular guided reading sessions.  This ensures that all children develop a range of appropriate reading skills.  A variety of high quality texts are used.  Children are also encouraged to read and share books at home using resources and books provided by school.  These are at an appropriate reading level for each child. 

The children have access to a well-stocked library as well as class reading areas.  We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme to develop early reading skills and supplement this with books from other scheme providers.  In addition to this, children participate in daily, shared reading sessions where a novel is read and during this time focussed discussions are planned and lead by the class teacher around the content of the book.

The National Curriculum foundation subjects: Design and Technology, Computing, Art and Design, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education are delivered in a variety of ways.  This can be through cross-curricular topics using IPC (the International Primary Curriculum) which have a theme or by subject. 

The school also has a programme for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).  Sex education and Drugs education are taught as part of the PSHCE curriculum.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from aspects of the sex and relationships programme.  We encourage all parents who have concerns to discuss these with the Headteacher or PHSCE Co-ordinators.

French is the modern foreign language that is taught across the school in Key Stages 1 and 2.