CURRICULUM AND ACADEMICS

The school aims to provide an international curriculum. With the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum of England underpinning our Nursery, coupled with the demands and innovations of modern society, there is much to excite and extend the child’s learning and development.

The inherent inquisitiveness of the young is nurtured so that it may develop into the will to learn. This will be achieved through a well-planned curriculum, the encouragement of learning outside the classroom and a system which gives each child all the individual support and attention that he/she needs.

The school aims to provide an enabling environment where each child is valued and respected and can develop into a resilient and secure individual.

Year 1

In Year 1, the children are introduced to a more disciplined working environment but the emphasis is kept on learning as both interesting and fun. The children are introduced to the National Curriculum Key Stage 1. Each core subject is covered with a carefully structured scheme of work, which is often linked through cross-curricular topic work.

The children will work in class, group and individual situations and they will be encouraged to become more independent in both academic and non-academic areas. Their development will be closely monitored and assessed on individual achievements. Problems are therefore detected early and each child is given the best possible start in order to reach his/her full personal and academic potential.

Literacy

By the end of the year our aim is that the children should be secure in the following skills:

  • Write simple sentences using their word books where necessary
  • Write simple stories with ideas that follow on from each other
  • Complete simple comprehension tasks
  • Have an understanding of simple grammar, especially full stops and capital letters
  • Can hold their pencils correctly
  • Can form their letters correctly
  • Are able to join up their handwriting when asked to
  • Spell common words
  • Spell words using the sound /blend of the week

We aim to hear the children read from scheme books a few times a week and will change the reading books when the child is ready.

Numeracy

By the end of the year our aim is that the children should be able to:

  • Work with numbers to 100
  • Add/subtract confidently with apparatus
  • Add/subtract mentally 1,2,5,10
  • Count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Tens and units
  • 2, 5, and 10 times table
  • Fractions halves, thirds, quarters of shapes and numbers
  • Time  o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to
  • Money  coin recognition, making values, working out change
  • Multiplication (lots of) and division (sharing)
  • Making and interpreting graphs
  • Weighing, volume, capacity, area
  • Measuring  how to use a ruler

Science, Geography, History, Art and D.T are taught through topics lasting half a term.  Through Year 1 the children will be focusing on:

  • Food from around the world
  • Light and Dark
  • Flight and air
  • Animals and their habitats
  • Materials
  • The seaside and water

During the week children will also take Dance, Swimming, French, Music and Movement, P.E., Games and ICT.

Priority is given to the creative arts, with at least one activity incorporating Creative Development each day throughout the Nursery.  As the children develop, emphasis will also be placed on a technological approach to problem solving, particularly in the area where Art and Design merge with practical Science. Children are encouraged to be inventive and resourceful.

Our objective is for all children to participate in and enjoy Sports. Physical development is integral part of each child’s Early Learning Goals and children are provided with opportunities for outside play and Sports every day.

Music is an important part of the Curriculum throughout the Nursery and the school aims to encourage each child to enjoy and make music. The younger children will use percussion instruments as well as coming together for songs and movement (Circle Time).

They learn about beat, rhythm and start to recognise the repetition of alliterative sounds through popular nursery rhymes.

It is important that children develop good homework habits. The school’s homework policy provides for homework tasks of varied nature across the curriculum and frequency increases as children develop and mature.

The school is developing its assessment and recording programme of each child’s progress. Parents are informed of their child’s progress through a combination of written reports, formal interviews and informal consultations.

On entry into the Nursery, each child undergoes an informal entry assessment which, together with the parents’ observations and notes, provides the setting with a good platform to plan adequately in order to meet the child’s needs.

The Nursery also compiles a profile incorporating the child’s learning journey which includes observations and copies of child’s work. This document is designed to provide the Reception class teacher with sound knowledge of the child and good transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 of the Primary Curriculum.

Early Years

The early years of a child’s education – under the age of 5 – are now collectively called ‘the Foundation Stage’. The curriculum is divided into six areas of learning.

The children are encouraged to become independent. They need to be able to manage their own coats and art overalls, to dress themselves after swimming, to blow their noses and use the bathroom without assistance. They learn to take turns, share and help tidy up, as well as develop awareness of other people’s needs. Self-esteem is built up through Circle Time and by the caring environment in general. Good manners are encouraged at all times, both in class and in the school as a whole.

This covers all forms of art and craftwork for which a huge range of materials and media are explored. It also encompasses role-play, drama, dance and music, all of which are important elements in the Foundation Stage curriculum.

The development of listening and speaking skills is of primary importance to young children and a wide range of games and activities are offered to encourage this. Phonic sounds are learned, whilst a range of reading resources encourage early reading skills.

This can be divided into activities which encourage gross motor skills and those which are aimed at fine motor skills. For the former, the Early Years children are able to use their own dedicated play ground, the Nursery garden and the main play area are all available to them.

There will also be swimming, dance and PE lessons. Fine motor skills are developed through activities incorporating construction toys, play dough, scissors, bead threading, pencil and paper.

This area of development covers History, Geography, Science and Religious Education and is mainly taught through topic work. Each topic chosen is cross-curricular and gives opportunities for children to share their own knowledge, learn new things and widen their horizons. In addition the curriculum covers the weather, the seasons and traditional festivals. Special festivals and celebrations are shared so that the children can learn about each other’s family values and faith.

Practical activities based on number, measures, shape and space form the basis of the children’s mathematical development. Cookery, sand, water, play dough, counting rhymes and many other every day activities teach the children mathematical concepts and vocabulary.