Foundation children follow the Early Years Curriculum and the teachers are skilled at providing appropriate learning and play facilities for our youngest children.
Our school is using the CORNERSTONES EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM for planning activities and lessons in Nursery and Reception. To view the themes we use across the year in Foundation Stage CLICK HERE
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teachers plan lessons based on the English National Curriculum and units of work created by CORNERSTONES CURRICULUM. This curriculum emphasises key skills and provides opportunities for cross-curricular themes to be explored. To find out more about the themes we use follow the links to each year group topic.
The development of good literacy and numeracy skills are very important so children frequently have lessons linked to the teaching of phonics, reading, writing and mathematics. We use Read, Write Inc to support the teaching of phonics. Children are assessed regularly and a level is given to their progress based on the NC levels. Children are normally expected to reach level 2 at the age of 7 and level 4 at age 11. Reports to parents clearly show if your child is working at the expected standard, below the expected standard or above the expected standard for their age.
We use Abacus Evolve to teach mathematics. This new scheme has lots of resources and practical ways of teaching mathematical concepts. To view our mathematics policy and calculations policy CLICK HERE.
What if my child needs extra help? Teachers and teaching assistants are skilled at planning lessons to meet the needs of different learners. Some children need additional help because they are new to English; some children have a learning difficulty (SEN) and some need a little more time to settle to routines. If your child has a disability and requires specialist help we will discuss this with you; our school is disability friendly. For further details follow this link.
My child seems very bright… Across the school we will have some very able children who learn quickly and seem to make very quick progress. If your child is very able they will be closely monitored to ensure they receive an extended curriculum to suit them.
Is my child always taught in the same class? We allocate children to a class teacher and they are the main point of contact with you. It is helpful, however, to group the children differently for subjects like phonics and reading using Read,Write Inc. Occasionally children may be withdrawn from the main class for additional support and group work in the core subjects.
What foreign languages will my child learn? From Y3 we teach French each week with occasional taster lessons in other European languages. . French is taught during the year by the class teacher.
Do you have specialist music teachers? Music is a regular part of the school week and teachers are responsible for teaching music across the infants site. We have a specialist music teacher in the juniors and lessons are taught in our specialist music room.
Who teaches Physical Education? PE is taught by every class teacher, but we also have our own specialist PE teacher for KS2 who runs clubs and teams and encourages healthy participation in PE and sport.