Curbar is participating in the EYFS reforms early adopter year from September 2020 to August 2021.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a national framework for 0-5 year olds and forms the basis for all teaching and learning within our reception group.
There are seven areas of learning and development within this stage of early years education. At Curbar Primary School we strive to ensure that early years experiences are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure. We provide playful learning opportunities with staff that support their development, care and learning needs to ensure every child reaches their potential.
The Early Years Curriculum develops the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and Language – Children will learn to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs; to use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. Listen attentively in a range of situations. Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately.
Physical Development – Children will develop coordination and control over their bodies enabling them to become active and interactive within their environment. They will develop mastery over large and small movements becoming confident in using a range of equipment and tools effectively. They will be encouraged to make healthy choices and develop independence in their self care skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Through sensitive, nurturing support children are helped to develop a positive self image and have confidence in their own abilities. They will learn important life skills of resilience and perseverance to reach a goal or acquire new skills; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in different situations and have the confidence to make the right choices.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime area will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Literacy – Children will develop a love of literature in both the spoken and written form: linking letters and sounds to read and write simple words becoming early readers and writers; engage and play with language, stories, characters extending their vocabulary and imagination through drama, story telling and role play.
Mathematics – Through practical and real life play opportunities children will develop and improve their counting, use of numbers, addition and subtraction, shape, space and measures. They will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play, creating resilient mathematicians.
Understanding the world – Children will have the opportunity through a variety of exciting themes and topics to make sense of the world in which they live and how they can influence it. Learning about their own lives and how they have changed in their own lifetime; making sense of the physical world, the local community, finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design – Enables children to express feelings, emotions and extend their imaginations and ideas through exploration with a wide range of media and materials through art, music, dance, movement, role-play, design and technology.
Please click on our Early Years and Foundation Stage Policy for further information:
EYFS and KS1 Reading and Phonics
Children are taught Phases 2, 3, 4 and elements of Phase 5 during the Reception year primarily using ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme produced by the Dfe. Other resources are used to support learning within the Reception year.
Year One and Two
The majority of teaching is delivered using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. Within Year One Phase 4 is consolidated and built on with Phase 5a – d being taught. Within Year Two, Phase 5 is consolidated and built on with Phase 6 being taught across Year Two.
Phonic intervention is delivered as appropriate to children who need support and consolidation.
We primarily use the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme supplemented by some other schemes to allow children access to a wide range of genres. Our books provide phonically decodable texts. There are also whole word and sight word list texts to support the range of learning styles in children.
At Curbar, we have designed a curriculum that supports every child to develop a passion for learning and strive for excellence through fulfilling their potential. Developing the ‘whole child’ is at the heart of everything we do. We set high standards for all children and aspire for them to become confident, well-rounded individuals that are questioning and curious in their approach to their learning.
The curriculum that we have designed is underpinned by our school values. Our curriculum supports children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development and where possible we make links to the school’s locality, history and current affairs.
British Values are promoted both explicitly and across the curriculum. We recognise that the local demographic is not as diverse as the wider locality and therefore we plan opportunities for children to be exposed to, learn about and appreciate different cultures and religions. This prepares children for life in modern Britain.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all learners. Children in the EYFS Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS Framework, with an emphasis on using key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.
In KS1 and KS2 the statutory National Curriculum is taught. At Curbar, our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to support children widen their vocabulary base and understanding of the world.
We have drawn upon current research about how memory works and understand that existing knowledge provides the foundation from which further knowledge and understanding can be built. Teaching staff are encouraged to employ teaching and learning strategies that support children to remember curriculum content in future years. We use ‘spaced repetition’ to provide children with key information that they are expected to learn over the course of their learning journey in particular subjects. We believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more.
There is an emphasis on the acquisition of basic skills including phonics, grammar, spelling, arithmetic and times tables, which enable children to access the broad curriculum and ensure that they have increased their confidence to learn and succeed.
Our curriculum uses foundation subjects as a vehicle to create strong and purposeful cross-curricular links. High quality texts are woven into the curriculum to: immerse children in literature, develop their skills as readers and encourage a passion and enthusiasm for reading. Texts are carefully selected to ensure a broad range of genre, styles and subject matter, including at least one ‘classic’ book each year to engage children with a timeless narrative.
Children learn through lines of enquiry around a central theme, taking them on an exciting learning journey. As they progress, they develop key knowledge, understanding and skills, working both collaboratively and independently. Throughout each learning journey children are encouraged to ask questions and find new ways of discovering answers. Each learning journey provides the children with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to produce high quality creative outcomes. These outcomes are shared with different audiences, including members of the school and wider community, so that children’s learning across a range of subjects is valued.
At Curbar, we believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We provide enriching opportunities including trips, visitors, workshops and themed weeks/days, which are integrated into our curriculum to bring learning to life and create memorable learning experiences.
We aim for Curbar children to leave with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
‘Question everything, learn something’ – Euripides
Our Curriculum, despite following the National Curriculum, is bespoke to Curbar and is designed with a Curbar child in mind. As a consequence it will grow and change. For this reason we only publish the plan for the term. This enables us to ‘tweak’ our plans to ensure they respond to the needs of our children and the community we serve. We make no apologies for this, we plan for our children and nobody else!
The school’s curriculum is based on the subjects outlined in the National Curriculum. These are: Maths, English, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages (KS2 only) History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.
We also place a strong emphasis on developing children’s understanding of their own and others’ needs and feelings citizenship learning. PSHE is taught as discrete lessons, and also promoted through assemblies and day-to-day events in our school life. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
We have developed a creative approach to our curriculum where we aim to challenge children’s learning. Whenever possible, we try to make links across subjects, so that learning in one area enhances learning in another subject. Some subjects such as Maths and English are taught daily and links are made to the topic whenever possible. Others are studied for short blocks, so as to enable children to make links and follow up/extend their ideas. We encourage children to ask and try to answer their own questions and explain their thinking. We aim to include trips and real experiences in our curriculum whenever we can. You will also notice that for some units the plan is spread over a whole term, whilst others are split into a shorter half termly block.
Different teaching methods are used at different times in the school. During a week a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and learning will be used, depending on which is most appropriate.
Learning to Learn: children develop the skills of reflection and evaluation. We recognise the importnace of self regualtion and meta cognition in learning. They identify the strategies they have used in their learning and help the teacher plan their next steps. By the time they leave in Year 6, our children are expected to be experts at analysing their own learning and helping themselves improve their learning.
Please click on our Teaching and Learning Policy for further information:
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