Learning

Learning

EYFS Curriculum

Reception pupils develop the skills outlined within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Pupils will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

Pupils should mostly develop the three prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As our pupils grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design.

These seven areas are used to plan the pupil’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting our pupils will make sure that the activities are suited to our pupil’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be flexible so that staff can follow the pupil’s unique needs and interests.

Pupils in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. The small, structured development steps in these areas ensure a solid foundation on which to build upon in Year 1. All activities are delivered through carefully structured play and through exploration and first-hand experiences with a significant emphasis on building self-esteem.

If parents wish to know more about the EYFS curriculum, then information is available on the DfE (Department for Education) website:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/a0068102/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

KS1 Curriculum

The KS1 curriculum is broad and carefully balanced. The primary intention is to provide exciting and interesting experiences which develop each pupil’s ability to think and learn effectively. Pupils will have the opportunity to reach beyond the Key Stage One requirements.

In Key Stage 1, the pupils learn through an exciting curriculum, which is planned and organised in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional exciting and creative activities to enrich the experience for the pupils. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, in which pupils learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach pupils how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their individual potential. Our timetable is flexible where possible, thus ensuring teachers have the ability to integrate lessons, allowing pupils to become immersed in learning and achieve the highest understanding. Some specialist teaching is undertaken in subjects such as Music, Physical Education (PE) and Swimming.

Throughout KS1 the learning begins to become more formal in readiness for a smooth transition into the KS2 curriculum and comprehensive transition activities are planned into the Trinity Term of Year 2.

We have a long term plan for the Key Stage 1 Curriculum. This indicates the topics to be taught in each year group and when. We build on the learning and experiences pupils bring from their education in Reception; the plans are reviewed on an annual basis. With our medium-term plans, key skills are identified that underpin objectives and teaching strategies used when teaching each subject area. Our short-term plans are developed on a weekly basis. The curriculum is designed to provide access and opportunity for all pupils. The curriculum is therefore tailored to be more personalised and is adapted every pupil’s needs.

 

KS2 Curriculum

(A) CORE SUBJECTS

Mathematics

Mathematics teaches pupils how to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. We promote confidence and competence with the number system through practical activity, exploration and discussion. We develop the pupil’s ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts and explore features of shape, space and measuring. Pupils have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources including ICT to support their studies. We ensure pupils apply their learning to everyday situations.

English

Studies in English develop pupil’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Pupils express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become critical and enthusiastic readers of stories, poetry and plays as well as non-fiction and media texts. Pupils gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. They are encouraged to plan, draft and edit their written pieces. Opportunities for drama are numerous as this is built into our literacy provision to foster self-confidence and effective communication. The Nelson Handwriting scheme is followed. All pupils are timetabled to use our well-stocked KS2 Library.

Science

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. We aim to fuel our pupil’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way that they do. Pupils learn to ask scientific questions and plan and carry out investigations in our dedicated KS2 Science Laboratory. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data such as statistics, graphs, pictures, photographs and ICT to enhance their learning. Pupils are taught to analyse their results, evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.

(B) OTHER COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

Art

Art and design inspires creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences which the pupils can explore in the KS2 Art Studio. Art enables pupils to communicate what they see, feel and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. They learn to make informed judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of various artists and designers.

Design Technology

We develop imaginative thinking in pupils and enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things. Pupils talk about how things work, and draw and model their ideas using appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures. They develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society.

PSHEE

PSHEE enables pupils to become healthier, independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed, about their rights and their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.

Geography

Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Pupils learn about their local area, and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps, and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, pupils gain an appreciation of life in other cultures.

History

History lessons stimulate our pupils interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach a sense of chronology and through this, pupils develop a sense of identity and an understanding of their historical heritage. We show pupils how events in the past have influenced our lives today. They develop the skills of enquiry, analysis and interpretation. Pupils are encouraged to think as historians by examining historical artefacts and various sources.

Computing

Through Computing we equip pupils with the skills needed to successfully participate in a world of rapidly changing technology. We enable pupils to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. The core of this subject is Computer Science where the pupils put acquired knowledge to use through programming. The pupils also become digitally literate, enabling them to effectively communicate and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. We develop pupils who are capable of finding, selecting and using information appropriately and safely. The ultimate aim in Computing is to enable our pupils to be confident, creative and independent learners who will be able to access, and be active participants in, a digital world.

Modern Foreign Language

French is taught to all pupils throughout KS2. The earlier a pupil is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language is acquired. Primary school pupils tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud, which is why we further develop their learning of French from EYFS to KS1. It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life.

Music

The pupils participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build confidence in our specialist Music Room. Through singing songs, pupils learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music and the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Pupils make music together, study musical notation and compose pieces. There is a KS2 Choir. Private instrumental lessons are also available which include woodwind, brass and strings.

Physical Education

Physical Education develops the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Our excellent facilities include the Sports Hall and playing fields at Lammack, our Gymnasium and Swimming Pool on the school site. Physical education promotes an understanding in pupils of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and it promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable the pupils to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.

Religious Education

Religious Education enables pupils to investigate and reflect upon some of the most fundamental questions asked by human beings. We enable pupils to develop a sound knowledge of the major world religions. The pupils develop an understanding of what it means to have a faith and enhance their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the pupils learn from religions as well as about religions. Our overarching aim is to encourage pupils to reflect on their own beliefs and values, whilst acknowledging and respecting that others may hold beliefs different to their own.