EYFS & KS1 Curriculum Overview
Early Years education is considered to be the essential foundation upon which all pupils build the rest of their lives and is an education that encompasses all learning.
Early Years education is concerned with the physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and intellectual development of the individual child, with no one area standing in isolation from the others. We use the Early Years Foundation Curriculum as the basis for the curriculum in our first three classes (Caterpillar, Butterfly and Dragonfly Classes). It encompasses the transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through to Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 where the National Curriculum is followed as a program of study. Staff are adept to the needs of the children and tailor the learning according to their needs and individual interests. We value contributions of learning from home and encourage parents to send in any ‘WOW’ learning moments that occur at home. Learning is a partnership between home and school.
Children learn skills and knowledge through topic based learning that ranges from animals to the weather. Some of our most recent topics include ‘Spring has Sprung’ and ‘Tell Me a Story’. The childrens' learning is enriched by trips and visits, walks in the local community, visitors to the school and additional experiences and therapies. We have an onsite Music Therapist and work closely with Speech and Language Therapists, OT's and Physiotherapists.
In order to teach reading we use the government Letters and Sounds program. This is supported by the use of Jolly Phonics which is a multi sensory approach to teaching synthetic phonics. Children are also encouraged to take books home to share.
Each of the children’s individual learning targets and next steps are taken into account through stimulating, fun activities. Combinations of different teaching styles are used to suit all pupils with learning taking place both indoors and outdoors. Each class has TEACCH stations set up in order to meet the needs of all pupils in the class.
Click on the links below to view our curriculum overview documents (PDF)