Early Years and Primary Curriculum
Information about what we study in the Early Years and Primary Curriculum
Our aim is to provide the best possible primary education in a stimulating and creative environment. We want to develop a passion for learning, inspired by high-quality teaching and developing and building upon individual strengths and talents. We expect all children in our school to reach age-related levels, in line with national expectations, as a minimum, and we aim to ensure that the barriers to learning are removed, so that every pupil in both our primary and secondary phases reaches their full potential.
We use a cooperative approach to support children from our rich and diverse community to achieve educational and personal success. We aim to prepare our children for the world by bringing the world into the classroom. We aim to create a safe and secure learning environment in which children are known, valued and motivated to learn.
We also have a Nursery (Age 3+) which offers part-time places in the morning and afternoon. We have two Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 classes and currently one Year 5 and one Year 6 class; this increases over the next two years until we are a full two form entry school. All classes are mixed ability and have one class teacher supported by at least one teaching assistant.
Early Years education provides the building blocks for a child’s success at Primary school. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes have a wide range of opportunities to help them develop socially, learn new skills and to practice them in a safe, vibrant and happy environment. Children learn through playing, exploring, experimenting and talking. We are a ‘Success for All’ (SfA) school and in Nursery we use Curiosity corner to deliver the Nursery Curriculum and in Reception.
In the Foundation Stage, the curriculum is made up of six areas of learning:
• Personal and Social Development
• Communication & Language
• Physical Development
• Understanding of the World
Staff carefully prepare a range of learning opportunities for indoor and outdoor learning all year round. The staff in Nursery and Reception work closely together to plan a wide range of learning opportunities. Children are also allocated a key worker with special responsibility for monitoring learning and wellbeing throughout the day.
Key Stage 1
Children move into Key Stage 1 when they are five, at the end of their Reception year. We are careful to ensure a smooth transition into Year 1 by building on their experiences and achievements in the Foundation Stage. Children in Key Stage 1 have a daily SFA literacy and numeracy lesson but continue to learn through a topic based approach.
Key Stage 2
Children move into Key Stage 2 when they are seven, at the end of Year 2. Our children are taught life skills that help them to understand wider issues such as tolerance and citizenship. They are encouraged to take on greater responsibility for their learning and development. Children are increasingly made aware of learning goals and areas for development. Children in Key Stage 2 continue to have a daily literacy and numeracy lesson.
Our newly designed curriculum for 2014/15 aims to inspire and motivate pupils while providing for their academic, moral, physical, creative, personal and social development. Children learn through a careful balance of specific teaching programmes and a topic based approach. In Key Stage 1 and 2 the curriculum is made up of core subjects; English, Maths, Science and ICT and additional curriculum areas of art and design, history, geography, music, physical education and personal, social, health and citizenship education.
Literacy & Phonics
SfA (Success for All) is a literacy programme run for all our children from Year 1 to year 6. Children working below 2c in Reading use the SfA Programme Roots and those working above 2c use the SfA Programme Wings. It is a fully immersive reading programme with high quality texts from authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Roald Dahl.
The programme is a systematic approach to reading skills such as prediction, questioning, clarifying and summarising. Based on the view that everyone succeeds in reading, a team led approach to book study is adopted through the use of drama, creative group tasks and word collection. In order for pupils to really unpick and understand the key vocabulary of the books they are reading a Word Wall is in every classroom of new words children are likely to see in the book being studied. The programme focuses on the pleasure of reading through partnered reading and creative character games to fully engage with the story eg: hot seating, conscience alley and character improvisations; thus pupils get a chance to develop their understanding of character motivation. Children also do writing related to the books they are focusing on. SfA runs from 9.00 am to 10.30 am every day. Children are grouped to stage of learning and not age.
SfA uses Cooperative learning at the core of its teaching and learning and the children work in Teams using the Cooperative Learning Standards.
The school carefully monitors the progress of each pupil. Children’s work is assessed formally and informally at appropriate stages. Clear targets are set for improvement and these are shared with the children.
Teachers and support staff are continuously monitoring and evaluating children’s progress through marking and observations. Children are encouraged to play an active part in assessing their own progress and setting targets.
We use these assessments to set appropriate work and to provide additional support if necessary.
We assess children’s progress in Writing and Maths at the end of each half term and in line with SFA procedures, we assess and regroup children from Year 1 to Year 6 every eight weeks.
Supporting Your Child at Home
Children throughout the school are encouraged to continue their learning at home in a variety of ways, including using online programmes.
Some homework, especially in the infants, is set with the intention that it is done with the guidance of a parent/carer. As pupils move through the school, they will work more independently. However, all homework is most effective when supported by parental encouragement and supervision.
As the homework set is intended to reinforce and support work that the child has done or is about to do in class, this is one of the most effective and easiest ways a parent/carer can directly help their child at school. If you require further information about homework at Springfield, speak to your child’s class teacher who will be happy to help.
Topic Map Nursery Topic Map Reception
Some useful online resources to help your child continue their learning at home:
To improve your mental maths skills try playing the maths games found here:
To help remember all your sounds, practice at home with these fun phonics games:
Work through these levels to get those typing fingers going:
Older children will enjoy these maths games:
These English games for 7 – 11 year olds:
And here’s some lovely literacy ideas…
Some ideas for little ones: