In the foundation stage there are six areas of study:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
These link to the following National Curriculum Subjects:
Core subjects: Mathematics, English, Science, Information & Communication Technology.
Foundation subjects: Geography, History, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Music, Art and Design.
Other subjects: Religious Education, Citizenship, Personal Social Health Education, Modern Foreign Languages.
Teaching the Curriculum is supported by DfES guidelines, DfES Primary strategies, the QCA documents, published materials, policies and Schemes of Work.
Our work in this subject area aims to provide a firm foundation of skills which pupils employ in all subject areas and encourages an appreciation of all aspects of language for its own sake.
Speaking and listening skills are developed through a variety of activities, including role-play, games, story telling, choral speaking, discussion, assembly, performances, Circle Time and School Council.
Great emphasis is placed on the acquisition of reading skills and this is supported by a wide range of reading materials throughout the school. Class shared reading, Early Reading Research programme (ERR), small group reading and individual reading enables pupils to learn to recognise, understand and enjoy the written word with increasing competence. Parents are actively encouraged to support their child's reading development in partnership with the school and regular contact is maintained through the weekly home/school diaries. A clear joined style of handwriting is taught from the first year in school.
Spelling is taught systematically, initially using the phonics based ERR programme and later through a variety of strategies, including "Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check" method.
Children are taught to write in varied styles, for a range purposes and audiences. Opportunities to practise these skills are built into the wider curriculum to develop confidence and fluency.
Our teaching follows the Primary Strategy. We place emphasis on the use of practical activities to introduce and develop mathematical concepts. We encourage a flexible approach to both mental and written calculations and problem solving is given a high priority. Time is also devoted in maths teaching to the understanding of shape and space, the use of measurement and understanding and interpretation.
In science children develop the range of skills needed to carry out accurate scientific investigations. Wherever possible the learning takes place through practical activities. The children are taught to plan and carry out their own investigations and to present their findings in a variety of ways. The school grounds, wildlife area and pond can be used in the study of habitats and living things. Aspects of physical sciences, materials and human health and growth also form part of the science curriculum.
Pupils are taught to use ICT software to support their learning. Information and Communication Technology (ICT). All classes are timetabled to use the computer suite and a half class set of laptops. Interactive boards are an important teaching aid in every classroom and ensure that high quality ICT resources are used across the curriculum. The school has a website which is available at www.easthanningfield.essex.sch.uk
Art and Design
Art and design skills are taught, but their use is frequently linked to other curriculum areas. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, crafts people and designers.
Design and Technology
This subject calls for pupils to become creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. It is an opportunity for applying knowledge, frequently scientific knowledge, for example to power a buggy, in a practical way. They also have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate manufactured designs.
In geography pupils develop their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and an understanding of maps.They learn how people adapt to their environment and how human behaviour alters the environment. The subject includes issues of sustainable development.
Pupils find out what past societies were like, how they were organised, the beliefs and cultures that influenced the society and how past societies influence us today. Pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
The physical education curriculum includes dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and athletics. The extended school journey provides our oldest children with additional outdoor adventurous activities. Pupils develop physical competence and confidence. Exercise develops energy for everything else. During the Summer Term and the first half of the Autumn term all pupils have swimming lessons. Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of running the pool.
Music is a unique form of education that can change the way people feel, think and act. Children are introduced to a variety of musical styles, through listening, performing and composing. They have opportunities to join larger choirs in Infant and Junior Music Festivals. Individual music tuition can be arranged through school.
Citizenship / Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
The school takes part in initiatives, e.g. Healthy Schools, Safer Journeys to School and Crucial Crew, which focus attention on this area of the curriculum. Circle Time structure encourages the understanding of fairness, and promotes positive behaviour through games and discussion. Pupils are encouraged to explore issues of personal or wider ethical concern during class circle times. We have a School Council, which has members elected from every class and is chaired and minuted by Year 6 pupils. The Headteacher is in attendance. Children control the agenda and can make suggestions that are passed to the staff for approval or explained rejection, sometimes with an alternative possibility to move the idea forward. Each year, our eldest pupils research charities they wish the school to support. They present those they favour to the school in an assembly and every member of the school community has a vote. The winner becomes the School Charity of the Year. Through the School Council, children decide how they will raise money for their chosen charity.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Essex Agreed Syllabus. Whilst our work is predominantly Christian, we also provide opportunities for children to learn about other major religions of the world.
An act of Collective Worship takes place each day and children are expected to attend unless parents have written to the school to withdraw their child from Collective Worship and R.E. The Headteacher, teachers, children, invited visitors and the vicar all contribute to our worship.
The sex education programme is offered as part of a broadly based programme of health education. A formal programme is taught annually to Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Provision is made for single gender follow-up discussion. Parents have the opportunity to view this material in advance and may withdraw their children from any part of the sex education programme, other than those elements required under the National Curriculum orders.
Modern Foreign Languages
To enhance understanding of other European cultures and to introduce languages that may be studied in greater depth in secondary school we alternate the study of French and Spanish each year. Languages are introduced through song, rhymes and stories in Key Stage 1 and continue in Key Stage 2. Children therefore will learn both French and Spanish for three years.