The aim of the Governors is to ensure that the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum which caters for the needs of each child.
There are three ‘stages’ of education during a child’s time at Primary School.
The Foundation Stage - Nursery and Reception Class
Key Stage One - Years 1 and 2
Key Stage Two - Years 3 and 4
THE FOUNDATION STAGE
The Nursery and Reception classes are known as the Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage covers the years your child will spend in the Nursery to the end of the Reception class in school (3-5yrs). This time is called the Foundation Stage because it gives the children a firm foundation for later learning.
The Foundation Stage has six Early Learning Goals, which most children should be able to reach by the end of the Foundation Stage. These goals are not a curriculum but are six broad areas of learning. They cover Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development. In the Nursery the children work on the ‘Stepping Stones’, which form the early part of the Early Learning Goals.
The Foundation Stage has been developed to cover the important years of a Childs life and by learning through the Foundation Stage children are gaining all the basic skills needed as they progress through the Infants. (K.S.1).
The learning that is taking place throughout the Foundation Stage takes the form of play, exploring, experimenting and experiencing and through speaking and listening, stories, singing, dancing, building, creating, counting, drawing and writing, the learning is motivating and enjoyable.
KEY STAGE ONE AND TWO
Children in these stages follow the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education.
Core Subjects: Language, Mathematics, Science and ICT
Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Music, Art & Design, P.E. and
The school has developed its own policy for Personal, Social and Health Education and this is taught in all classes.
In Foundation and Key Stage One the greatest emphasis is placed on teaching the basic skills of literacy and numeracy.
Some areas of the curriculum are taught in an integrated way through topic work, especially with younger children. In Key Stage Two more specific subject teaching takes place.
The children are taught by a variety of approaches. In all classes there is a balance between whole class teaching and small group teaching. Sometimes the children work in groups in the classroom according to their ability (eg for Maths) and other times they work in groups of mixed ability. The style of teaching varies according to the needs of the children and the subject being taught.
At present the children are mainly taught by their own class teacher apart from some music lessons and swimming.
In Year 5 and Year 6 children are set by ability for some of their Maths lessons and also occasionally for English. At these times they may not be taught by their class teacher.