The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum – Nursery and Reception
Children starting at school are eager to find out about the world and are trying to make sense of it. Our aim is to welcome the children into a warm, caring and secure atmosphere where they will have the opportunity to explore and discover in order to understand. Children are given opportunities to talk about, and listen to, real, meaningful and imaginative situations in order to sequence and develop their thoughts. They are encouraged to think about what they are saying and to listen to others.
The curriculum is based on the government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS Framework is based around four themes, each of which is linked to an important principle:
A unique child – every child should be helped to become a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive relationships – children should be encouraged to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling environments – care and learning must recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, but all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. The framework is intended to provide a consistent but flexible approach to care and learning and ensure that each child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.
The areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication; Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development.
Key Stage 1 (Yr 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Yr 3, 4, 5 and 6) Curriculum
We believe that a broad and well balanced curriculum is essential if children are to learn successfully. The subjects taught by the school are directed by the National Curriculum (2014). The school has developed a policy for each subject to ensure full coverage, continuity and progression. The school delivers the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for RE. Parents/carers receive regular information from class teachers, giving details of what each class will be learning during each topic.
Collective worship takes place every day in school. The aims of these assemblies are to develop pupils’ awareness of themselves, others, the world around us and religious and spiritual experiences.
We also extend children’s learning outside the school context. Within the last 12 months, our children have taken part in a range of educational visits including:
- Harry Potter Warner Studios
- Amazona Zoo
- Africa Alive
- Norwich Castle Museum
- The Sealife Centre
- The Dinosaur Park
- Great Yarmouth beach
- The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
- The Playhouse Theatre
- The Elizabethan House Museum
- Time and Tide Museum
In 2020, members of the choir took part in the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena. Other performances have been given within the school and the local community. We have joined with other local schools to sing at the KS1 and KS2 CASMA performances.
We also organise annual residential visits for our older pupils. In 2018, our Year 5 children took part in a 2 night residential trip to How Hill, and our Year 6 children spent 2 nights in York.
Weekly swimming lessons take place for groups of children in Year 4. In 2018, our Year 6 children enjoyed a program of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities at Whitlingham.
For additional information relating to the curriculum, please contact the School Office.
There are a range of after school and lunchtime activities available. These change according to season.
Some of the activities are run by visiting professionals and charges may be payable.
Within the last academic year, our extra-curricular activities have included:
- Junior and infant choirs;
- Drama Club
- MASH Club
- Lego Club (KS1)
- Dance Club (KS1)
- Board Games Club
We are part of the South Norfolk School Sports Partnership, and we regularly enter teams of children to compete in festivals and tournaments with children from other schools, both within the cluster and the partnership.
Musical Instrument Teaching
We have visiting teachers for woodwind, strings, drums, samba, singing and keyboard who teach children in small groups. There is a charge for the lessons and children must provide their own instrument or hire one from the music service. Instrument tuition is open to children in Year 4 and older.
Hot meals are provided by the School Kitchen. Meals should be ordered and paid for via the school office. Menus are distributed termly. Vegetarian or specialist diets can be accommodated. Sandwiches and wraps can also be bought through the School Kitchen.
Packed lunches should be brought in a named lunchbox. Sweets are not allowed and drinks need to be in an unbreakable container.
Free school meals may be available to families in receipt of some benefits. Please talk to a member of our office staff.
Pastoral Care and Behaviour Policy
Pastoral care is generally the responsibility of the class teacher, who may consult senior staff if necessary. However, all staff play an active role in supporting children, and children feel comfortable approaching all members of staff if they need help.
We use PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) to deliver our PSHE curriculum. We have adopted a solution focused approach to behaviour management, and a copy of the school Behaviour Policy is available in school and on our website. We aim to build a positive and supportive environment for the children to flourish, focusing on praise and rewards. However, we have clear consequences if things start to go wrong. Parents will be consulted whenever their co-operation or intervention is thought beneficial to the situation in hand, or if a serious situation arises.