The Reception curriculum is planned on a yearly basis linking to the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning in the EYFS and is guided by the children’s interests.
In KS1 and KS2 our curriculum is all planned on a yearly cycle with an emphasis placed on rich and well-matched experiences, cross curricular links and learning supported by quality texts and other appropriate experiences available in the local and regional area. All teachers are responsible for planning, evaluating and teaching in their classes. The National Curriculum stipulates the expectations which form the long-term plan from which the teachers craft medium term plans to achieve balance and coverage over a term or half term. The more detailed weekly/ half-termly short term planning will focus on the teaching process. A planning proforma is used throughout the whole school to focus learning expectations and for teachers to map the sequence of learning clearly showing differentiation, teaching assistant direction, assessment opportunities and expected outcomes and resources required. Teachers have autonomy in terms of timetabling across a half term whilst ensuring full curriculum coverage. Class teachers meet regularly to ensure continuity of provision and moderation in terms of expectations and outcomes across the year groups.
During the EYFS, we support all of our pupils to develop positive attitudes towards learning, to be ‘school ready’ and so prepared for the next stage in their educational journey and to become full members of a community in which they will discover ‘life in all its fullness.’ A practical, playful approach to learning, based on the needs and interests of our children, is delivered through topic based planning. We teach children individually, in small groups and in whole class settings. Through a combination of teacher input and continuous provision opportunities, learning is planned to enable children to develop their learning independently through exploration and challenge. The “Characteristics of Effective Learning” are at the heart of the Early Years Curriculum and explore the different ways in which children learn. They highlight the importance of playing and learning, active learning and thinking critically. All the learning experiences we plan for the children allow them to utilise and develop these skills. Our learning environments, both inside and outside are relevant to the needs and age/stage of our children.