Curriculum

Curriculum overview statement

In light of and to meet the needs of the new curriculum, introduced in September 2014, we saw this as an exciting opportunity to re-shape our school curriculum. Consequently, many of our topics have changed to ensure the essential knowledge and skills, which form the basis of the new curriculum, are addressed but also to stimulate the children's interests and desire to learn.

Please click on the links below to access our KS1 curriculum overview grids.

 

Year One Curriculum Map 2016-2017

 

Year Two Curriculum Map 2016-2017

 

 

Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

 

The framework explains how your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

 Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

These prime areas are essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.

 

The prime areas will enable children to develop skills in these 4 specific areas of learning.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

These 7 areas are used to guide and plan your child's learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child's unique needs.

 

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing, exploring and being active. They learn through creative and critical thinking which takes place across a wide range of learning opportunities and environments, both indoors and outside.

 

We aim to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible for parents and their children. We value the influence of the home and the family to create the unique child. We understand that children will have a wide range of aptitudes, interests and experiences before they start school and we offer and encourage home visits, in the security of their own home, as part of the transitions arrangements. We have strong links with our pre-schools and nurseries and we enjoy visits from their staff and the younger children throughout the year as well as our staff visiting their settings.  

 

At the end of Year R the children are judged against the Early Learning Goals (ELG) and this information is reported to you and used by the Year 1 team to include in Key Stage 1 planning. 

 

We use Tapestry to enable us to track our children against the ELG which allows us to engage with our parents and encourages them to be part of their child's learning journey too. Take a look at the link below to find out more information.

 

Tapestry information

 

Year 1

Every day is different in Year One but our main focus is to ensure that our children have lots of opportunities to be independent and develop their skills in many ways. We have ensured that we have continued the ethos from Early Years where the children can learn through their play whilst also ensuring that they are challenged in line with the new curriculum.

 

The children learn both inside and outside the classroom where they have focused jobs to do as well as time to create their own learning. We have permanent home corners in our shared area and also in our Wendy house in the outside area, as well as themed role plays in our classrooms which link to our current area of learning. They have many resources that are the same as Early Years to aid transition in the early parts of September, as well as more age-related resources too. Small world is available in each class and is changed weekly so that our children can continue to develop their speaking and listening skills. We share a making area within the year group which consists of a role play, malleable area for fine motor, junk modelling and also a place for art to happen independently. The children have access to this area throughout the day and it is accessible for them to use without the use of an adult.

 

To ensure that our children are able to continue their learning throughout the morning, we don’t have a specific playtime as they have access to the outside area all morning so the only formal play our children have is at lunchtime.

 

We read with the children every week and this takes place every morning in every class. This consists of 1:1 reading with their colour banded book or we work through a series of objectives to move their reading on. We then have a focused morning, mainly English or Maths, but we also deliver lessons on other areas of the curriculum too. The children have a related independent activity to do and when this is completed they go to their Crew Challenge jobs. The children have 3 jobs every week which link to current, previous or upcoming learning where they work independently to show us what they have learnt already and where they need to go to next. At the end of the morning we teach phonics which happens every day and this is delivered to the class as a whole. The afternoons vary according to each class’s timetable but variable this consists of PE, Science and our foundation subjects.

 

 

Year 2

In Year 2, we continue to sail the seas to success! Each day is filled with exciting learning opportunties and enthusiastic children! We base our learning around topics, often chosen by the children, where we use both the indoor and outdoor learning spaces. We have a large unit to enhance learning and children benefit from investigating in our shared areas such as, the courtyard, communication station, art area, small world area, role play area and ICT Suite, as well as the Dolphins, Sharks and Whales Classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with computers/laptops. iPads and topic related role play areas, to further stimulate learning.

 

Year 2 children have daily opportunities to read. Every day we have 'Harbour Time', a guided reading session, and over a week the children read with either a teacher or an LSA. They also have daily access to a class book corner, ‘colour band’ books at their individual level and library books. Additionally, every day we have Handwriting, Phonics and 'Maths Marines', Mental Maths.

 

We encourage the children to become enquiring, independent learners and endeavour to make our curriculum relevant and exciting! This might be done by using an imaginative stimulus to our lessons, capturing their creativity or by visiting somewhere to ‘hook’ the children into a topic. 

 

We try to develop the whole child and each child is given opportunities to be a class captain, doing jobs such as collecting the register.  Every child is also given a week during the year when it is their ‘Time to Shine’.  For this they tell their classmates about a particular skill or club they attend, which helps to build confidence and self-esteem.  We encourage children to work collaboratively and become good team players.

 

Throughout the week, your child will have opportunities to complete 'Crew Challenges'. The six 'Crew Challenges' are based upon a range of open ended activities, to enhance and deepen learning of skills in a variety of contexts. Ultimately, your child will continue to develop skills to manage, maintain and monitor the weekly activities, all to be completed by the end of the week.