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Curriculum, Learning & Assessment


Early Years  (Age 3-5)

Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Foundation curriculum. Learning is very much play based and although our children will tell you that they play all day we can assure you that this play is skilfully planned for by a team of highly trained Early Years professionals. This stage of your child’s education builds on their early learning at home and creates the strong base upon which all other learning sits and as such is the most important stage of your child’ s development. We use Jolly Phonics as our phonic scheme and a range of reading schemes to best meet the needs of individual readers which are colour banded.

Key Stages One & Two (Age 5 -11)

Children from years one to six follow the National Curriculum, which provides the programmes of study for individual subjects and sets out the standards required.  If achieving at age related levels children are expected to achieve level one for the start of the National Curriculum in year one, level two by the end of year two and level four by the end of year six. All children are individuals and start their learning journey at different points. Whilst the majority of our children achieve at an age appropriate level, a significant number achieve at above that expected and some achieve below that expected.  Our end of year reporting system informs parents of their child’s attainment and achievement.

Whilst the curriculum is quite prescriptive in terms of content it does not specify how it needs to be taught.  This allows our staff to use their wealth of expertise and professional judgement to decide how best their children learn. Consequently subjects are taught both on their own but also in a cross-curricular ‘topic’ approach so that children have the opportunity to apply their learning in other subjects. Our teachers plan for a half term and then assess plan and review on a weekly and daily basis to ensure that children are being appropriately challenged and supported in their learning.  We use Jolly Phonics in Years One and Two to build on our children's phonic knowledge from the Foundation Stage and use a range of reading schemes which allows staff to select the materials best suited to individual readers, these schemes are colour banded.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, built on an ethos that believes in the education of the whole child or person. Whilst we firmly believe in the importance of the traditional 3Rs we also believe that learning should be more than this. Our curriculum provides an opportunity for our children to develop strengths in sports, the arts, music and media. Please see our Teaching and Learning policy to find out more about our approach to learning. 

Our school does not have a religious character but is underpinned by strong moral and family values. Although religious education is not part of the National Curriculum we are provided with a statutory, local syllabus. The syllabus reflects that the religious traditions in England are, in the main, Christian but also provides for a comprehensive overview of the other principal religions represented in England.   The spiritual, moral and social development of our children is very much a strength of our school and one that our parents value. Our children are well mannered and caring, supportive of each other and well behaved.

Assessment for Learning

Our children are very much included in their own learning through our approaches to assessment. Teachers set our very clearly what they aim to achieve for each child as part of their day to day teaching and this is shared with their children in a variety of child friendly ways. 

Children are asked to consider how well they have achieved and what they could do to improve, and their progress is shared with them.  This empowers our children to make decisions about their own learning and prepares them for greater degrees of independent study as they progress through our school and into high school.


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