Reception & Key Stage 1
A typical day in Reception Class and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) begins at 8.15am and runs until 3.30pm. In contrast to our Pre-school, these classes have a timetable with greater structure, although the focus remains on delivering a creative curriculum via half-termly topics and themes.
The curriculum has key skills in literacy and numeracy at its core, with daily lessons in each. Numeracy and literacy skills are introduced with fun, exciting and interactive methods. Early reading skills are developed through the use of our phonics scheme and our well-equipped library. This is enhanced by exciting child-centred topics that encompass Science, Humanities, Art and Design, and Performing Arts. From the onset children are encouraged to have ownership of their learning and to share ideas and skills with each other.
Our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum but work closely with Key Stage 1 classes to follow a sequential topic curriculum, and to enable stretch for children ready to be extended in areas. In Reception, our curriculum is centred around discovery and exploring. The environment is integral in our learning and we take many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, including our own forest area. As the children develop, so does the curriculum. Children gradually learn independence and staff monitor social development carefully.
We have regular 'out and about' sessions that give the children the opportunity to explore our school grounds, the local area and wider afield with trips to the coast, castles and museums. We also have Philosophy for Children as a weekly lesson to explore 'big questions'.
Key Stage 1
To extend the children's cultural and linguistic skills, two languages are taught in Key Stage 1 (German and French) every week and this often takes the form of singing, role play and practical activities. Our weekly swimming and PE sessions make the most of our on-site pool and sports pavilion, developing key skills. Key Stage 1 children take part in our whole school sports day whilst our Reception pupils support our Pre-school Sports Morning. All the children have the opportunity to perform at various events for parents across the year.