Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. Our Nursery and Reception Classes help children to continue to do this by providing interesting experiences that are appropriate for their age and stage of development. We base all the experiences we offer your child around the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. We offer each unique child the opportunity to learn indoors and out, as we help your child towards achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year. When planning for children’s learning we consider their stage of development within three prime areas and four specific areas of learning outlined below.
Reading and writing are taught through the daily use of synthetic phoncis (letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme.
We aim to provide a safe, secure and inspiring environment with a happy, welcoming atmosphere. Our curriculum provides experiences that are broad and balanced and offer equal opportunities to all children. We promite personal and social competence and children develp positive attitudes towards each other.
All our assessment is done through regular observation. We begin by doing a baseline assessment which informs staff or each child's starting point. We use this information, together with photographs, observations and collected pieces of work, to monitor and documnet children's progress in their individual learning journal in order to help idenfity the next steps in their learning. Parents are invited to collaborate in this process and share information through discussion and completing 'wow vouchers'.
Play is a child's work; it is how they learn about the world in which they are growing up and it can be very intense. Play helps children to learn and develop through doing and talking, exploring and investigating and by creating and experimenting. We plan a range of play activiites and experiences, which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development. There is a careful balance between child led and adult led experiences, and are all designed to develop the whole child.
We believe that adopting positive attitudes to learning right from the start is essential for children to become lifelong learners. Fundamental to this is not only the knowledge and skills taught but also the way in which the curriculum is delivered. Our aim is to deliver the majority of learning through the natural desire young children have for investigation and experimentation. Research has shown that these aspects are a major contributor to intellectual growth and that children need plenty of opportunities to consolidate their learning and understanding through investigation and experimentation. At our school the New Primary Curriculum, which came into force from September 2014 is delivered via purposeful contexts and topics that aim to stimulate young minds.
The children 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 children learn through play and whilst continuing to use the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to develop the child’s learning and social development.
Year 1 teachers use the Foundation Stage Profile (FSP) to build an accurate picture of children’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 children exploring subject knowledge through an overarching topic.
English and mathematics are taught daily and children also receive daily guided reading sessions. Both are taught across the phase through the New Primary National Curriculum 2014.
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). Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Children needing further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our team of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF