We aim to provide a broad and balanced range of learning experiences which develop the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (2014)
Our curriculum is designed to
- enthuse children about learning
- allow children to consolidate , practise and apply their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum
- meet their developing personal, social and emotional needs
- help pupils develop into good citizens
- explore the spiritual, moral, social and cultural elements of life in school and beyond
In Nursery and Reception classes children have extended opportunities to learn through play. Learning takes place both inside and outside and the classroom. Through a mixture of carefully planned adult activities and more spontaneous child led activities the children develop skills and understanding in the following 7 areas of learning:
The Prime Areas of Learning are;
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
Children are encouraged to establish positive relationships with adults and other children. They learn to work co-operatively as part of a group, to understand what is right and wrong and why and to consider the consequences of their actions. Adults working in early years aim to encourage all children, to make sure that each child is given an equal chance to join in with the range of activities on offer and that all children feel equally valued as part of the whole group.
Communication and Language (CL)
Children have had the opportunities to develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills by sharing and enjoying many stories, rhymes and non-fiction books. We have also focused on identifying sound using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.
Physical development (PD)
Children use a range of balancing and climbing apparatus to develop their co-ordination and awareness of space. They use a variety of sports equipment in class and team games. We also focus on using smaller tools, construction and malleable materials to practise skills
The Specific Areas of Learning are:
Children learn about pattern, shape, and measures. They order, sequence and sort with objects and numbers through practical activities. They are encouraged to use mental strategies and skills as well as number rhymes, songs and games.
Understanding the World (UW)
This area of learning includes science, history, geography, design technology, information technology and religious education within topics. We focus on providing the children with a range of activities and different equipment to investigate and use.
Expressive arts and design (EAD)
Children explore colour, shape, texture, form and space through a range of activities in art, music, dance, stories and imaginative play. We provide them with opportunities to express and communicate their ideas and feelings.
Children come to school with different experiences and progress at different rates and some children will need additional support with some aspects of their learning, whilst others need extra challenges.
Children’s progress is carefully monitored through Nursery and Reception and learning tailored to their needs and interests. Teachers will share children’s next steps with you at regular intervals and you can see them displayed in their classrooms. Parents’ contributions to children’s learning are strongly encouraged and we welcome your feedback on learning that is taking place outside school.
At the end of the Reception year children’s progress is assessed against the Early Learning Goals and the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
To find out more about what your child learns in Early Years (Nursery and Reception) and how you can support at home, please click on this link.
In Key Stage One
Children are now moving onwards in their learning journey. In this phase we build upon all the skills and experiences each child has encountered to ensure they become independent, active and self-motivated learners.
Children’s learning now follows the National Curriculum subjects:
3 core subjects: English, Maths and Science
7 Foundation Subjects: Computing, Art & Design, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, and Physical Education.
In addition to this we follow the Newham agreed syllabus for Religious Education and provide opportunities to develop Personal, Social and Health knowledge and understanding.
Some subjects- English, maths, RE, Music and PE are mostly taught as discreet lessons, others are taught in a more cross curricular way through Topic session. Topics are planned carefully to ensure coverage of the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum. Each activity is planned with the child’s interest and abilities in mind.
Children’s progress is carefully monitored through the year and learning tailored to their needs and interests. Teachers will share children’s next steps with you at regular intervals and you can see them displayed in their classrooms. Parents’ contributions to children’s learning are strongly encouraged and we welcome your feedback on learning that is taking place outside school.
At the end of the year children are assessed against the National Curriculum Expectations for the year and this information will be shared with you.
Towards the end of Year 2 children are given assessment tasks and tests. The results for these are shared with you and reported to the Department for Education. These results are used by Ofsted in making their judgements about the standards in our school.