The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. The EYFS has four themes. These are:
Within the theme of learning and development there are seven areas.
All areas are connected to one another and are equally important.
The seven learning and development areas are:
The provision of the curriculum ensures that children experience a full range of learning opportunities including child initiated, teacher directed and group learning. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors.
Reading and writing are taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree).
Pupils are assessed throughout their time in the foundation stage through observations, conversations and photographs. Parents, staff and the pupils themselves all contribute to the assessment process. In the Nursery class the developmental phases are used for assessment purposes and the Foundation Stage Profile (FSP) in Reception.
The pupils in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship. The transition from Reception to Year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where Year 1 pupils learn through play and have daily access to outside activities which continues to use the principles of the EYFS to develop the pupil’s learning and social development.
Year 1 teachers use the FSP to build an accurate picture of pupil’s learning and progress and then move on to the National Curriculum assessment levels. All learning and teaching in KS1 is based on termly themes with pupils exploring subject knowledge through an overarching topic.
English and Mathematics are taught daily and pupils also receive daily guided reading sessions. Literacy is taught across the phase through the Literacy Frameworks.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star). Pupils who are gifted and talented and those with Additional Educational Needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Pupils needing further encouragement and support may also work in small groups with our team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).
At the end of KS1 the pupils are assessed to report their National Curriculum attainment levels in speaking and listening, reading, writing, Mathematics and Science.
In KS2 all pupils continue to be taught the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship. Single sex PE lessons are also introduced in years 5 and 6, being taught by specialist teachers from the senior phase.
Mathematics and English are taught daily and there are 2 hours per week of Science and PE. In English, key texts are taught throughout each year to ensure coverage of a full range of genres and skills.
Pupils who are gifted and talented and those with AEN are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Pupils needing further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our team of LSAs.
Knights Temple Grove, as part of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy is a specialist sports school. A key part of this specialism is the access to specialist teaching and coaches in each of these subjects. Participation in sport and the achievement of excellent standards boosts self-esteem; sets high aspirations for our pupils; inspires other pupils and adds greatly to the ethos of the Academy.
Our ‘all through’ school ensures that we are able to offer an effective transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, developing pupils in both literacy and numeracy. Students follow a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum in classes set by ability in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and offering a wide range of curriculum subjects. Termly assessments are used to track and monitor pupil progress and achievement. Personal, Social, Health & Careers Education (PSHCE) is compulsory and is taught throughout the 3 Key Stages.
The curriculum choices offered through the options programme are adapted to the developing needs of each cohort. Students are consulted on their preferred subject choices and the curriculum is designed accordingly. We offer a broad spectrum of curriculum pathways from traditional GCSE and GCE courses through to BTEC and vocational apprenticeships. Over the two years of KS4, all students study English, Mathematics, Science, PE, a language and a humanities subject in addition to their chosen subjects. At all Key Stages the curriculum is supported by an extensive extracurricular programme provided as part of the extended day, to broaden and enhance the learning experience. Careers education, enterprise education and financial capability are integral to all areas of the curriculum, and are used to support work experience placements for all students in Year 10.
A vast array of trips both locally and abroad, enrich the curriculum and encourage student’s curiosity and motivation for learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF