Curriculum Information


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

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