Curriculum

The National Curriculum

The law requires that the curriculum be broad and balanced, and should promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children in preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

On this page you can read about subject-specific information, and download information on each year group's curriculum by term.

Follow this link to learn more about the National Curriculum.

Subject-Specific Information

View useful information for each subject by clicking on a section below:

RECEPTION:
The Foundation Stage - First Year in School

The teachers organise their classes flexibly so that they can work with the whole class, small groups or individual children as required. Each class has a Teaching Assistant working under the direction of the teacher. Every effort is made to enable children to settle into school routines and feel secure in their new surroundings.

Because children learn at different rates all children have access to a wide variety of learning experiences in order to develop their knowledge, a range of skills and concepts and positive attitudes to learning. The children are encouraged to learn through first-hand experience, play and discussion to support their growing understanding of ideas and language.

The teaching programme is taught through 3 prime areas of communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development and through the 4 specific areas of learning of literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world expressive arts and design.

Characterisics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, creative and thinking critically.

Parents and guardians may find the following website useful:
foundationyears.org.uk

YEARS 1 and 2: ENGLISH

Language supports the whole curriculum and development in all other subjects depends on the ability to use language.

Reading and writing skills are taught in a structured way, incorporating whole-class and group work. Reading skills are taught daily during the "literacy lesson" and are based on the 2014 curriculum.

YEARS 1 and 2: MATHEMATICS

We aim to develop in children a positive attitude and enjoyment towards mathematics, to develop their mathematical language and to help them to understand how mathematics is relevant to their everyday life. Numeracy skills are taught and practiced daily. Based on the 2014 curriculum.

YEARS 1 and 2: SCIENCE

The science work is themed based and through making use of their natural curiosity, aims to develop skills such as exploration, observation, questioning and recording, whilst raising their awareness of the need for safe and careful actions.

YEARS 1 and 2: HISTORY

It is our intention to encourage the children to develop a curiosity about the past. Through a themed based approach children will learn about changes in their own lives and those of their family and people around them. They will also explore famous people and events beyond living memory. We aim to develop specific skills of investigation through pictures and artefacts.

YEARS 1 and 2: GEOGRAPHY

Our aim is to develop in children an interest in and responsibility for their local environment and to develop an awareness of the world and its inhabitants. Much of the curriculum is taught through termly themes.

YEARS 1 and 2: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Throughout their time at school the children will use a wide variety of construction toys. These will help them to develop their spatial awareness and give them the opportunity to simulate a range of everyday objects.

The children will be able to evaluate a range of objects to see how they are put together and work. Using techniques similar to those found, including hinges, levers, frames, wheels and axles, the children will learn how to use card, wood and recyclable materials to make a range of objects including cards, books, puppets, vehicles and toys.

It is hoped that the children will become confident users of a range of tools, enabling them to design and make objects for a variety of uses.

Each classroom is well resourced with computer equipment enabling the children to gain confidence and pleasure in using I.C T. A vast range of software allows the children to develop their ability to make appropriate use of I.C T. to communicate ideas and handle information in a variety of ways. I.C.T. is used in many other subject areas to enhance learning. More able pupils can use technology to extend and develop their ideas, while those pupils with special needs will be able to increase their independence and develop their interests and abilities. All classrooms have INTERNET access to support the curriculum.

YEARS 1 and 2: PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Physical Education Programme of Study covers three areas of activity, namely, Games, Gymnastics and Dance. Through all activities the children will learn to recognise the effects of exercise on their bodies.

Games: The children will learn and practise a variety of bat and ball skills and the running, dodging, chasing and avoiding skills to enable them to be able to play simple competitive games both indoors and out.

Gymnastics: Children will be taught basic jumping, balancing, rolling and climbing actions using the floor and apparatus.

Dance: Children will be encouraged to develop their own response to music through dance movements using control, balance and poise and will learn movements and patterns from existing dance traditions.

YEARS 1 and 2: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The school follows the London Borough of Havering's scheme of work for religious education. The content reflects the fact that the religious traditions in this country are in the main Christian. The content is not based on the teaching of any particular denomination.

YEARS 1 and 2: MUSIC

Children are taught to sing a range of songs and play a range of instruments, children learn about duration, pulse, rhythm, pitch, timbre, tempo and dynamics.

YEARS 1 and 2: PSHE

Encouraging children to become responsible citizens is a key aim for our school. Through the PSHE curriculum children are encouraged to develop their understanding of how to be a responsible citizen and how to look after themselves, others and our world.

YEARS 1 and 2: ART

The Art programme of study aims to develop the children’s understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design through many experiences both as individuals and as part of a group. The children will learn how to express ideas, record observations, and design and make pictures and models.

Throughout their work children will use colour, pattern, texture, line, tone and shape. They will be introduced to the work of artists and craftsman, both modern and from the past, and will be made aware of work from our own and other cultures.

YEARS 1 and 2: SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

All children may experience some difficulties in learning from time to time. We assess the development of all children in school at regular intervals and personal education plans are prepared for the children most in need. These plans specify targets for learning and progress is monitored termly by the teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Parents are informed if their child is receiving extra help from her. We liaise closely with external support services as appropriate.

The school operates Havering's "catch up programmes". These are run by teaching assistants throughout the day.

The special educational needs policy is reviewed annually by the SENCO. The policy review this year has incorporated three new principles for inclusion, and new admission arrangements stating that "The currently agreed admissions policy of the governors makes no distinction with regard to pupils who have SEN. No pupil can be refused admission solely on the grounds that he/she has SEN".

The planning of all school activities takes into account the diverse needs of all children. The building and three classrooms have ramped access. The school also has a disabled toilet and shower facility.

Autumn Term 2017:
Reception

Autumn Term 2017:
Year 1

Autumn Term 2017:
Year 2