When children join us at 3+ or 4+ (Nursery and Foundation Stage) they follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Four guiding principles shape practice in early years’ settings.
• Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and selfassured;
• Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
• Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
• Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
There are seven areas of learning and development:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
We are very proud of our exciting indoor and outdoor provision and high quality resources for both the Nursery and Foundation Stage classes. Our children make very good progress from their starting points and leave ready for the next stage of their journey.
Following the Foundation Stage, children spend two years in Key Stage 1 (5+ and 6+ Years 1 and Year 2) and then a further four years in Key Stage 2 (7+ to 10+ Years 3-6) where we implement the National Curriculum and make meaningful cross-curricular links wherever appropriate to ensure a creative, holistic curriculum.
The KS1 and KS2 curriculum includes:
Art and Design
The curriculum is further enhanced by many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, including visits to places of interest ie local businesses, museums, galleries and residential visits. Visitors to school help to inspire and motivate the children further: dance workshops, visiting artists and talks by authors are just some of the activities we arrange.
Our curriculum is a mixture of whole school topics, projects and themed weeks to motivate the children and give them an enthusiasm for their learning. Over the last year we have worked with artists and relevant professionals to support our teaching and enabled staff to develop their own knowledge and skills to enhance delivery of the curriculum. It has also given the children access to an extensive range of specialist adults and a while host of new skills. This has helped the children develop a broader outlook on life and it has raised their own aspirations.
From September 2014 children in Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 will follow and be taught programmes of study from the 2014 National Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science. Children in Year 2 and Year 6 will still follow and be taught programmes of study from the existing National Curriculum (2000) until the end of the academic year 2015. From September 2015, they will follow and be taught programmes of study from the National Curriculum 2014.
Detailed information about individual subjects can be found in the School Prospectus.