The school curriculum is designed to be broad, balanced and fun! The main aims of the curriculum are that children will:
- Develop physical skills and be aware of healthy choices
- Learn strong social skills and be able to interact well with others
- Develop good literacy and numeracy skills
- Be able to question, investigate and evaluate
- Develop good social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding
- Be able to express themselves creatively and
- Foster an enjoying of learning
We aim to make extensive use of our wonderful school grounds including our woodland, outside learning areas, large playground as well as the Junior School’s outdoor facilities too.
The children’s learning is topic focus and these topics are changed on a four week rota. Staff ensure that all children’s learning is as active and engaging as possible, taking into account their interests and abilities as individuals.
Assessment is an essential part of the cycle of learning. In the EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Year), pupils are assessed against the Early Learning Goals.
In Year 1, they complete a phonics screening test as well as other assessments.
In Year 2, children complete the SAT’s (Statutory Assessment Tests), which are used to see how much they have learnt in Years 1 and 2. This is as much an assessment of our teaching, as their learning.
Children do not usually notice when they are being assessed as it is part of finding out what they know and is often done on an informal basis.
In recent years we have really embraced ICT into our learning with the investment of interactive white boards, ipads and game-based learning apps. We are also planning a new computer suite which we hope will be completed in the next few years.
We are passionate about our children learning using modern technology and techniques to enhance the essential skills of reading, writing and numeracy, and not distracting from the fundamental skills of speaking and listening.