The ability to learn and apply new skills throughout their lives is a fundamental requirement for our children living in an increasingly technology-driven world. We seek to enable successful lifelong learners.
As the world changes, we know there is an ever-growing impact on the relevance of traditional knowledge, subject content and skills taught in school.
Alongside the new National Curriculum, we are continually reviewing, evaluating and updating our teaching pedagogy to take account of research, new initiatives and, most importantly, what the children show and teach us. To respond to their needs, interests and aptitudes is our primary motivator.
Through our curriculum, we aim to extend each child’s understanding of themselves and the world they live in. We aim to provide a broad and balanced education that treats each child as an individual and enables him/her to achieve his/her potential and to develop the skills and qualities needed to be a successful learner too. We pride ourselves on working within an environment that celebrates mistakes, because then you know you are on the edge of some super learning! Our children are supported to understand their next steps in learning, how to improve and to reach their targets. Children regularly assess their own and peer work against success criteria and the supportive atmosphere that prevails promotes a joy and priority on learning.
We actively celebrate, uphold and teach British values through our taught lessons, activities and experiences that we offer the children. We are constantly reviewing this area of our curriculum to identify opportunities which further promote our traditions, values and outlook at school.
In accordance with Government legislation, children follow the National Curriculum. This comprises of separate programmes for Early Years (ages 2-5) and Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5-9, Years 1-4).
Through detailed planning we provide a curriculum that offers the means and encouragement for every child to achieve their potential. We expect high standards in both learning and behaviour and we aim to give children the skills, support and encouragement to achieve this.
Curriculum Early Years
There are seven areas of learning and development, all important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development; and
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are also four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied.
- Understanding the World; and
- Expressive Arts and Design