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They are as follows: School Aims We aim to make our school a happy place where we all learn for life, grow together and work hard to achieve our personal best, in an environment where every person matters. We aim for excellence in achievement and personal development by having a curriculum, which is about real learning and by keeping our 7 Core Values at the centre of all we do.
Moral Purpose We aim to do what is good and to be positive in everything, showing respect and care for others, across cultures, distance and generations; our environment, both near and far, and ourselves, our health and well-being.
Humility We seek to do our personal best without showing off and we encourage others to achieve their best without being critical or jealous of their efforts. Compassion We look after each other and care for those who are in difficulty and who are hurting, recognising that the world does not exist for us alone.
Integrity We always tell the truth and can be trusted to be honest, to say what we mean and mean what we say. Accountability We accept responsibility for the things that we say, think and do understanding that actions and choices have consequences.
Determination We work hard and never, ever, give up because this is essential if we are to achieve anything worthwhile. In addition, class teachers questioned pupils about the topics and literacy books they had particularly enjoyed — and the way that they preferred to learn.
The results of this research, together with the requirements of the new National Curriculum, were used as the basis to inform our long term planning.
Long Term Planning Due to mixed year groups, the topic cycle at Foundation and KS1 spans three years, whilst a single year topic cycle is adopted at KS2.
Curriculum Organisation Skills, knowledge and understanding are taught in the context of a termly over-arching theme, or topic. Occasionally, shorter mini-topics, unrelated to the main topic, are used to inject variety and also ensure the fulfilment of all statutory requirements. Subjects, for example geography, history or science, lead some topics, whilst others are led by inspiring literacy.
We always give Literacy a main focus, either where the topic is led by a quality text — or that there are plenty of opportunities to write in specific genres following knowledge learnt in other subjects. The Pedagogy In order to provide meaningful learning experiences for the children, we teach in cross-curricular blocks, delivering literacy where it best fits in the cycle.
This gives capacity to plan whole days for practical work, which pupils said they enjoyed and learned more from. Children also said they would sometimes like the chance to learn more in depth about specific elements of a topic. This structure allows us to offer this opportunity for pupils to read widely around a subject, whilst encouraging a thirst for knowledge and opening up wider opportunities for independent learning.
Teachers ensure that over a half term, Literacy and Numeracy are given the equivalent of an hour a day, but this will mainly be delivered in blocks. Additionally, several elements of literacy, such as reading, phonics, handwriting and SPaG are timetabled on a daily or weekly basis.
Currently, Maths usually takes the form of a daily lesson, though we will are considering how we can adopt a more cross-curricular approach in this area too. Whole School Themes and Special Days Each term, there is a whole-school focus to enable us to look in detail at multi-cultural issues; religions; famous people; artists etc.
We regularly hold special days, invite visitors to our classes and participate in visits. Subject Specific Information The teaching of Literacy is structured from the National Curriculum and we use a wide range of materials to enhance the delivery of quality first teaching.
We also adopt a cross-curricular approach to literacy, which means that opportunities are taken to make meaningful links with other curriculum areas.
For example, this could be writing a set of instructions in Design Technology, or writing a diary entry or letter from a particular character in History. Pupils in Foundation and KS1 are taught phonics, using the Letters and Sounds framework and their attainment and progress is monitored on a tracking grid.
The teaching of Numeracy is structured from the National Curriculum. The teaching of Science has been planned to ensure that the relevant scientific skills for each year group are taught through a series of topics. Scientific Enquiry is a particularly important element, which is taught throughout the school each term.
During Year 6, all areas are revised to ensure that pupils are familiar with each topic in preparation for end of Key Stage Assessments. Information Communication Technology ICT teaching is structured from the Nottinghamshire Framework for ICT, which ensures a progression of skills as children move through the primary phase.
Through the use of the Syllabus we use RE to enable our pupils to gain insights and knowledge to equip them as responsible members in our society. The Syllabus we follow encourages pupils to discover more about religion and world views on a range of topics.
They are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. The three fold aims of RE in Nottinghamshire will ensure that our pupils:Free printable resources for the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
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Aims of this session: • Outline the expectations in Nursery and Reception for reading and writing • Explain how we teach reading in the EYFS • Include opportunities for writing during role-play and other activities eg. Clip boards in the Doctors Surgery.
EYFS CURRICULUM, PRINCIPLES & FRAMEWORK At Jumeirah International Nurseries, we follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). Are there strategies for conducting guided reading in the EYFS?
We refer to two experts' advice on how to conduct guided reading in the EYFS. We also link to an Ofsted report that highlights successful strategies for teaching reading in the EYFS, including guided reading.