Key Stage 1
Parents are welcome to see the school policies, schemes of work and OFSTED reports.
The curriculum that we plan encompasses the National Curriculum framework, which all children follow from Year 1.
The core subjects are English, Maths, Science and R.E. The foundation subjects of Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music and P.E. all form part of our curriculum. However, because children do not see the boundaries between one form of knowledge and another, we aim to use a themed, cross- curricular approach. Certain aspects of some subjects are taught specifically, particularly Literacy, Maths and Computing.
Language development is central to a child’s overall progress. We build on their skills in the four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. In order to understand and respond to others, children need to develop good habits of listening and concentration and need to be able to express themselves clearly. We aim to give children the foundations to enable them to become fluent readers and writers. We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme for phonics and use a wide range of materials including ‘Jolly Phonics’ to allow our children grasp the way our language is formulated. We have a colour banded reading scheme with a range of fiction and non-fiction books.The children will bring home work to complete with you including books, handwriting and phonic activities.
Our aim is to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding to use maths in everyday life and as a basis for further study. It is most important that children find maths an interesting and enjoyable activity, relevant to their world. The children bring home a maths activity once a week. This will relate to the learning in school and is aimed to encourage children to use their mathematical skills in real life situations.
Science is essentially about observing, investigating and making sense of the world. Young children are scientists by nature as they try things out and think up explanations for things in their surroundings. In school, we take advantage of this natural curiosity using first hand experience to build up scientific ideas.
Children develop the basic scientific skills - observing, questioning, hypothesising, predicting, planning and carrying out investigations whilst studying topics on the natural world, materials and physical processes.
Each classroom has access to computers, at least one of which is linked to secure Internet provision. Every class also has installed an interactive whiteboard, which is a fantastic tool to aid learning. The use of laptops enables a group to work together on a particular skill or task on a regular basis. All the computers have a wide range of software to familiarise children with the computer. A variety of other equipment is used across the curriculum, for example cameras, visualises Beebot robots, metal detectors, sound recorders.
We use the agreed Surrey syllabus for R.E. It is hoped that children will learn about the love of God through loving and caring for others. The children are encouraged to understand that they are part of the wider community and through learning about other religious beliefs and traditions, learn respect for them. Assembly forms an important part of our school life where the whole school can meet together for a time of reflection and celebration. However if you wish for your child to be withdrawn alternative provision will be arranged.
Assessments of children are made by all teachers on a regular basis in order to ensure that the learning objectives planned are meeting their needs. In addition, formal individual assessments are made each term in English, Maths and Science. Targets are set for each child, which are discussed with you at parents’ consultation evenings.
During their 1st year, the children will be assessed by their teacher to monitor their progress in achieving the Early Learning Goals. The complete assessment, the “Early Years Profile” will be discussed with you in the Summer Term. At the end of Year 2 all children complete a range of assessments, which incorporate a mixture of teacher assessment and Standard Assessment Tests. At the end of each year a Record of Achievement Report is written for each child.
Extra Curricular Activities
There is a variety of clubs organised either at lunchtime or after school, for example French, Recorders, Musical Theatre, Football and Tennis. Each club will run for between one and three terms. You will be informed of which clubs will be offered in the coming term and permission is required before children may participate in any after school activity.
Educational Visits/Governors’ Policy on Charging for School Activities
Most of our visits take place in the immediate environment, but sometimes we like to take the children further a field to provide first hand experience for topic work.
The 1988 Education Reform Act confirms the right of schools to invite voluntary contributions in support of activities organised. There is no obligation for parents to contribute and no child is ever excluded for financial reasons. However, the arrangement of special activities is only possible if we receive sufficient contributions.