Curriculum Information


Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum


In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which covers all areas of children’s learning and development from birth to five years old.  It divides teaching and learning into seven areas of learning and development: the prime areas (communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development) and the specific areas (literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.) These lead to 17 Early Learning Goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should gain by the end of the reception year. The EYFS also sets out how children learn, with the characteristics of effective learning. So we encourage good attitudes to learning in everything we do, using the skills in our school Learning Charter.

We provide a balance between adult-led and child initiated experiences. Children are supported in their development through play and exploration opportunities, short teaching sessions, and adult-guided work. The curriculum remains very play based throughout the year, although the balance shifts slightly towards more activities led by adults at the end of the year.

Literacy (reading and writing) is taught through the phonics programme Letters and Sounds. This is a structured, systematic and comprehensive approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling, which continues into Key Stage 1.

We have a well-equipped outdoor learning area, with many exciting learning opportunities, including a construction zone, a sand pit and a garden for digging and growing. We love going out and about in our wonderful school grounds to observe changes and explore the natural environment. We also offer the children Forest School sessions at a woodland site a short walk away on the Nower. The environment and activities inside and outside are carefully planned to promote learning, so while it may look as though the children are ‘just playing,’ they are actually learning all the time.

The classrooms and outdoor space are organised so that children can access most resources by themselves, and they can extend their own learning independently. These are called enabling environments. Rather than having set topics we follow children’s interests and provide hands on experiences to engage the children. Our resources are open-ended and can be used flexibly so that the children are not restricted and can follow their interests and ideas creatively.  Our timetable allows for long periods of free-flow independent play both inside and outside, which enables children to become deeply involved in their learning.

An important part of teaching in Reception is through interactions. Adults observe the children closely as they play, and join in sensitively to support them and move their learning on, extending their language and thinking, and helping to develop their skills. Our aim is that the children leave Reception as happy, confident, independent learners, who are settled into school and ready for the challenges of Year 1

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.

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

Homework 


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. Maths homework is usually set as online learning through the My Maths website. 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  My Maths

Handwriting


When children start in Reception, they learn to print letters (without the lead in/out strokes used for joining, in order to ensure they are secure with the letter shape first, and can form it correctly. Once this is secure, they will be introduced to a cursive script which is the foundation for joined handwriting.

Cursive Script

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

We also use a programme called No Nonsense Spelling to teach spelling rules and patterns, which children practice in school and at home. Alongside this, we have a new spelling programme called Dojo Spelling, which focuses on high frequency or tricky words. Children work through different coloured Dojo belts to master these words.

Our spelling programmes all follow the national curriculum for English, and in Key Stage 2 children also learn the spellings from the compulsory word lists for their year groups.

Reading


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

Maths


Our teaching in maths is supported with many resources, including the use of Numicon to help develop children’s understanding of number concepts.

We subscribe to Times Tables Rockstars and My Maths – all children have their own login which they can use to access the games and practise their skills from home. My Maths is used for homework, but also has plenty of online games and resources that children can use at any time.

Times Tables Rockstars My Maths