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. They are given the opportunity to develop emergent writing and also to apply their growing phonic knowledge in a variety of ways each day. Writing is usually linked to the current KS1/Foundation Stage topic.
In reading we start children on the Oxford Reading Tree scheme as soon as they are ready.
In our daily phonics lesson we use Letters and Sounds supplemented with resources from Phonics Bug and Phonics Play.
The children have multiple daily opportunities to develop their skills in speaking, listening and understanding.
We follow the National Curriculum objectives for Y1 and Y2.
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.
Reading is linked to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme but supplemented with a wide range of additional reading books. The children have access to our library of picture books and non-fiction books as well as the mobile library van.
Daily phonics lessons are based on the Letters and Sounds scheme using resources from Phonics Bug and Phonics Play.
FOUNDATION STAGE (FS)
The Foundation Stage children are working towards the Early Learning Goals in the Foundation Stage Curriculum 2013.
The Early Learning Goals in Mathematics are split into the two aspects of Number and Shape, Space and Measure. The children work on practically based activities to learn the mathematical goals. We supplement the EYFS curriculum with resources from New Heinemann maths.
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 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 2014 - 2019.
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 arebtaught.
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.
The topic cycle is as follows:
Year 1: Hiding in the Hedgerow; Ourselves; The Great Fire of London and Feeding the Birds in Winter; Homes; Mexico; Trail and Wood
Year 2: Now I am Big; Same but Different; Fantastical Creatures; Traditional Tales; Growing Things; The Sea
Most topics are biased towards Science. However, some are biased towards History or Geography.