Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In our Reception Class, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which supports children’s development in the 7 areas of learning. Although the class will follow themes and topics, we don’t have a fixed topic cycle. Instead, our EYFS teachers will adapt their planning based on the children needs, interests and progress. The year might typically start with a topic about ‘Ourselves’ as the children get to know each other and settle into their new environment, then go on to explore personal, local or topical themes. An example of a typical year can be found in the example below.
We use Tapestry Online Learning Journals to track children’s learning and share it with parents and carers. Each child has their own login, where parents and carers can see what they’ve been doing in school and add their own comments or observations about their child’s learning at home.
EYFS Planning Example Tapestry for iOS Tapestry for Android
Key Stage 1 / 2 Curriculum
We teach a topic-based curriculum on a two-year cycle, which covers the National Curriculum for all subjects, and the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. There are some lessons which are taught more discretely, but we try to make links between areas of learning wherever possible, to make it more meaningful for the children and help them transfer their skills and knowledge between subjects.
Year 1/2 Topic Map Year 3/4 Topic Map Year 5/6 Topic Map
All children are expected to read and to practise their spelling / number facts daily at home. From Year 1 onwards, children have a piece of homework each week. This starts off as a brief home learning task which they might do with an adult, and gradually increases as they get older. In Years 5 and 6, they have two pieces of homework per week, and begin to use Google Classroom to complete and submit their homework online.
Google Classroom Tutorial
We have a wide range of reading books in school and use book bands to help track the children’s progress. Information about the book-bands can be downloaded here.
Reading Guidance for Parents
Phonics and Spelling
Children in Key Stage 1 follow the Letters and Sounds programme for learning phonics, which consists of six phases.
Letters and Sounds Articulation of Phonemes
In Key Stage 2, children have daily Key Skills lessons which cover spelling, punctuation and grammar, in addition to their usual English lesson. If they need continued or additional support with phonics and spelling in Key Stage 2, this is provided through small group teaching and Support for Spelling work. It is planned based on assessment of individual needs using a range of different materials.
We teach spelling rules according to the national curriculum for English, and in Key Stage 2 children also learn the spellings from the compulsory word lists for their year groups.
Our teaching in maths is supported with many resources, including the use of Numicon to help develop children’s understanding of number concepts.