As in other state schools, when children start school in reception they follow the foundation curriculum. This is divided into six aspects— Emotional, personal and social development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; creative development; knowledge and understanding of the world and physical development. For children who have been to a playgroup this is a continuation of what they started at the playgroup.
The children of statutory school age follow the National Curriculum. This means they follow nationally agreed programmes of study in literacy, numeracy, science, art, music, physical education, history, geography and design and technology. In addition to the subjects specified in the National Curriculum the school curriculum also includes religious education, personal and social education and citizenship.
With the youngest children, we teach the elements of literacy and numeracy for short periods of time. As they get older and able to concentrate for longer periods of time, these are incorporated into literacy and numeracy ‘hours’. These take a substantial part of the time available, but we still provide a broad range of subjects for the children because we believe it is important.