From September 2000, the term “foundation stage” is used to describe the first phase of your child’s education in the school, whether as a Nursery or playgroup pupil, or in the Reception year. The early learning goals set out what the majority of children are expected to achieve by the end of the foundation stage. These goals are organised as six areas of learning:
Personal, social and emotional development
Language and literacy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Curriculum planning in both the Nursery and Year R (Reception) will be based on these six areas. Children of this age learn best through first hand experience and through play. Activities will be planned on a whole class, small group and individual basis.
It is unlikely, at least initially, that your child will identify these activities as “Maths” or “Science”. Learning will build step by step, based on previous achievement and levels of understanding.
F rom September 2000, the revised National Curriculum is taught to all children in Years 1 and 2. This National Curriculum is divided into specific subjects for planning purposes, although some of the work covered by Infant children will continue to be covered through cross-curricular topics.
The compulsory subjects are: English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology and P.E. Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education also form part of the National Curriculum guidance. In addition, Religious Education together with a daily act of collective worship, remains a compulsory aspect of the curriculum. Religious Education will be taught in accordance with the Medway Syllabus.
Parents have a right to seek to have their child excluded from R.E. lessons and acts of collective worship where a conflict of religious views exist. Please contact the Headteacher so that suitable alternative provision can be made.