Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The Foundation Stage children are working towards the Early Learning Goals in Literacy and Communication and Language.
The Early Learning Goal in Literacy is split into the two aspects of Reading and Writing and the Early Learning Goal in Communication and Language is split into the three aspects of Listening and Attending, Understanding, and Speaking.
The children are encouraged to write in self-initiated activities and also in directed activities. Children are encouraged to develop emergent writing and also to apply their growing phonic knowledge in a variety of ways each day.
In Years 1 & 2 we follow National Curriculum objectives through topic-based learning. Writing is usually linked to the current topic in order to make it interesting and meaningful for the children and also to ensure they are given opportunities to write about well-resourced subjects.
All children working in Reception and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics teaching based on Letters and Sounds. We mainly use Phonics Play planning and teaching resources to support this.
Our Phonics reading scheme is provided by Collins Big Cat Phonics. Children start using reading books without words and build from there as soon as they are ready. Everyone has three reading books; a phonics-based Big Cat book, a supplementary reading book based on their level of phonic knowledge and a free choice reading book from the class library of picture books and non-fiction books as well as the mobile library van.
The Foundation Stage children are working towards the Early Learning Goals in the Foundation Stage Curriculum 2013.
Small group formal teaching uses White Rose resources for Early Years
The Early Learning Goals in Mathematics are split into the two aspects of Number and Shape, Space & Measure. The children work on practical and play-based activities to consolidate and develop their understanding of the mathematical goals.
Children working in years 1 and 2 are also taught in small groups following the White Rose Schemes of Learning. They have access to play-based learning within the continuous provision areas, also. We supplement our Mathematics resources using New Heinemann Maths and other sources to develop fluency.
Physical Education/Physical Development
The Foundation Stage children are working toward the Early Learning Goals for Physical Development, This includes physical education, control and co-ordination, handling equipment and tools safely and with growing dexterity. As part of their Physical Development education they will also learn about ways to keep safe and healthy.
In KS1, PE is planned on a long term yearly cycle, which ensures the breadth of the areas of the National Curriculum 2014 are covered. We use specialist teachers such as Derby County Football in the Community Trust and Primary Stars coaches to enhance the children's learning experiences.
RE is taught both as a discreet subject and as part of our programme of cultural weeks and follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020 - 2025.
The principal aim of RE in Derbyshire schools is to enable pupils to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.
It is a legal requirement that R.E. is taught but parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons after discussion with the Headteacher.
Science is taught as part of a 2 year topic cycle which covers the objectives from the National Curriculum 2014 for Y1 and Y2. The Early Learning Goals in Understanding the World, Expressive Art and Design and Personal, Social and Emotional Development are also incorporated into the same topic cycle in order to ensure that all aspects of the EYFS curriculum are taught.
There are cross-curricular links made to other subject areas such as Art, English, Mathematics and Design Technology.
The History and Geography objectives from the National Curriculum 2014 are included in the 2 year topic cycle.
We always ensure we link topics to great picture books - both classic and newly-published - to ensure children see the benefits of reading and learn to love books of all kinds. We are able to accommodate children's interests within topic choices too to enable to children to shape their own learning journeys.
Topics for the academic year 2020 -2021 have included:
Who's coming to tea (based on the Tiger Who came to tea)
Keeping Cosy (seasonal changes)
Amazing Animal Journeys (based on North - a tale of the greatest journey on Earth)
Birdwatch 2021 (using RSPB resources and picture books such as Owl Babies)
Getting Around (more journeys using transport and based on The Naughty Bus)