Curriculum

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The curriculum is divided into three key areas as follows:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (one classroom)
  • Key Stage One   Year 1 and 2   (Infants: approximately 5 -7 years)  (one classroom)
  • Key Stage Two  (Juniors: approximately 7 -11 years)  Years 3 -6 (two classrooms)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Foundation Stage includes Nursery and Reception classes.  The areas of learning are broken up into:

Prime Areas of Learning

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

The Learning Characteristics

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking critically

The children in Foundation Stage experience a curriculum which incorporates indoor and outdoor learning to the maximum advantage.  Learning is planned to ensure awe and wonder, interest, enjoyment and deep, meaningful child initiated play.


Key Stage One and Two

The national curriculum is taught incorporating a variety of learning styles.  We promote personalised learning for all pupils regardless of race, gender, culture or disability and abilities.

The National curriculum sets out what the children will learn at each level in English, Math, Science, Information Communication Technology, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education.  At present the children are learning Spanish from Year 3 upwards.

Topic and Thematic Based Learning

The curriculum is topic based and thematic as much as possible.  We aim to weave in the philosophy and precepts of Krishna consciousness wherever it is relevant.  Themes may have a strong science emphasis to facilitate skills such as enquiry and independent learning.

Discrete learning occurs in core subjects of RE, Maths, English, Science and ICT and Citizenship.

We do our utmost to maximise success for the children by giving them the very best teaching and learning experiences.  We use a range of teaching methods to suit the needs of the children and subjects being taught.  This includes whole class or group teaching, independent or teacher led activities.  For further information on the curriculum please see our curriculum policy.

You can help your child develop reading skills at home by:

  • Spending 5 -10 min each day on reading
  • Allowing your child time to self correct
  • Acting as a model by reading some of the text then asking the child to participate
  • Encouraging your child to make predictions about the story
  • Ask closed and opened questions about events, illustrations, characters and settings
  • Creating story boxes – using small toys and objects for retelling
  • Playing word games
  • Acting out stories
  • Using the library for homework and research

Sports

In the Autumn and Summer terms, all the children have professional sports coaching from Excel Sports.  We ask a small donation of £20 per child for this level of coaching.  In addition the Key stage 2 classes have professional cricket training in the summer term sponsored by Shenley Cricket Club.  In the Spring term the children learn yoga and dance.