The Curriculum: An Overview
Our curriculum is creative, balanced and broadly based. It is planned according to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum guidelines with the aim of providing a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for each child and to support and encourage their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.
We aim to make our curriculum exciting and challenging. Subjects are taught through a topic approach wherever possible, making learning meaningful and enjoyable for the children. Great care is taken to ensure that subject-specific objectives are adhered to within this broader topic-based curriculum.
Children in the Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This Curriculum has seven areas of learning covering children’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development as follows:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Teachers plan to provide a stimulating and enabling environment in which the children can achieve their developmental goals.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum guidelines are strongly linked to the National Curriculum guidelines. As children transfer into Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) they are taught according to these guidelines, aiming to reach particular objectives within each subject during Year 1 and Year 2. (On transfer to the Junior School the children continue to be taught according to the National Curriculum guidelines).
The National Curriculum consists of three ‘Core Subjects’:
English, Mathematics, Science
The remaining subjects are known as ‘Foundation Subjects’:
Design and Technology
Art and Design
P.E. (Physical Education)
R.E. (Religious Education) is also taught as a statutory requirement, in addition to P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), which remains an integral part of our curriculum.