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Curriculum Provision, Content & Approach.

On this page you can find details of the curriculum, information flyers and presentations from curriculum meetings. Please click on the links to download the relevant documents. 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The Government and other professionals describe the time in your child’s life from birth to 5 years as the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. At All Saints’ we aim to ensure that your child’s early years experiences are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas;

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At All Saints’ staff teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that we can follow your child's unique needs and interests. We support all children’s learning through playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

 

How can I found out how my child is getting on in Reception?

We work very closely with parents/carers to share and discuss your child’s progress. We feel this partnership is extremely important in ensuring a shared understanding of each child’s stage of development so that we can work together in moving them on to the next steps in their learning. The Reception class teacher meets regularly with parents/carers to share information throughout the year and also provide a detailed report at the end of the summer term of Reception. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child.

 

For a copy of the presentation made to Reception parents at the autumn term meeting, click here.

 

After The Foundation Stage.

Key Stage One (KS1) is for 5 to 7 year olds.  Key Stage Two (KS2) is for 7 to 11 year olds.  At All Saints' we follow the National Curriculum for England which was introduced in September 2014.  Our aim is to:

  • build resilient, ambitious learners who strive for success
  • inspire genuine curiosity in our children
  • raise standards of achievement
  • help children become warm hearted human beings who care for one another
  • make children safe, happy and healthy

Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

At All Saints’ we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme for the systematic teaching of phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource which was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

 

Children in Reception explore different sounds in the environment as well as listening and sharing rhymes in books and songs. In Reception and Y1 and Y2, children participate in a daily phonics lesson and develop their knowledge for reading and writing. All staff take every opportunity to develop children’s knowledge according to their level of development.

 

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds website at: www.letters-and-sounds.com

Phase

Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception)

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception and Y1)

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception and Y1)

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Y1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Y1 and Y2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

For an overview of the curriculum coverage within each year group, please click the appropriate class links below.

For a copy of the English Subject Meeting Presentation, click here. 

For a copy of the Reading Meeting presentation, click here. 

The video below was used at the 'Helping Children Read' meeting.

 

 

The video below was created by Mrs Chambers as part of our work with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. The CLPE's 'Power of Reading' project is an inspirational whole school approach that engages children with literature.

 

 

For copies of the flyers given out at meetings, click on the titles below.

 

For information on the teaching of Spanish in Years Three to Year Six, click here.

 

For a copy of the Department for Education 'What Happens at School' leaflet: Click Here

 

Getting Into Homework - Infants: Click here.

Getting Into Homework - Juniors: Click here.

 

Letter Join Handwriting Help.

At All Saints' we use a cursive joined handwriting script. If you would like to work with your child at home on their handwriting, you can have access to the Letter Join website. Click on the Letter Join logo for access to the site. Contact the school office for the login details. For a copy of the Letter Join home guide, click here.