The Foundation Stage (Reception)
The Reception year is a vital transition between home and school. During this first year the children follow the “Foundation Stage” curriculum, which helps them secure a good basis on which to build future learning. The Foundation Stage is organised into six areas of learning: Communication, Language and Literacy; Mathematical Development; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Creative development; Personal, social and emotional development and Physical development.
Much of children’s early learning is through play, enabling them to discover and gain knowledge at first hand, as well as acquiring basic skills in English and Maths.
Throughout the Reception Year the children are assessed against the Foundation Stage Profile. This assessment is mainly observation-based and is used to build a picture of the children’s skills and abilities.
Key Stage One
In Years 1 and 2, children are taught the National Curriculum through topic-based Schemes of Work. For five to seven year-olds learning consists largely of active, practical activities so that children develop their skills and knowledge through experience and investigation. Recorded work in mathematics, science and the foundation subjects is sometimes minimal and only used when appropriate for the activity. Adults encourage children to discover for themselves through careful questioning to extend the children’s learning.
Each classroom has specific areas of learning to ensure consistency of approach across the key stage. Children have access to a writing area, book corner, maths area, role play, art and craft area, sand or water exploration, computers, construction equipment and outdoor garden areas.
Key Stage Two
There are four year groups in Key Stage Two. The children are taught in a variety of groupings – whole class, ability – grouped and in small groups. We endeavour to develop the children’s learning skills by encouraging them to initiate their own questions and using a wide variety of sources to find the answers and present this information to their peers. English and Maths are taught daily and follow government guidance from the Primary National Strategy.
The curriculum is based around broad topics that encompass a range of subjects.
There is national testing in May for Year 2 and Year 6, however with a change in Government this is subject to change. Individual results are published showing the level the child has reached in relation to the nationally expected achievements for that age group and a summary is also published to show the progress of the whole year group.