We are curious, unique and together

Curriculum

The over-arching principles which shape our practice in EYFS are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.
  • Children benefit from a strong
    partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn at different rates

 

There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  All of these areas are important and inter-connected.  At Whiteshill, our EYFS teachers have spent time thinking carefully about curriculum goals for each of these areas which will challenge and inspire our children.  These curriculum goals can be found here.  

Of these seven, there are three prime areas which are particularly important for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving:

 

There are then four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:

 

To find out more about our teaching and learning in each of these areas, please click on the words above to see our long term plans.

The full long term plan for all 7 areas of learning can be found here.

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects at primary school are:
English
Maths
Science
Design and Technology
History
Geography
Art and Design
Music
Physical Education (PE)
Computing
Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages (at Key Stage 2)

Schools must also provide:
Religious Education (RE)
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education

Each day at Whiteshill the children are taught English (Reading and Writing) and Maths. The other subjects are taught across the year for different periods of time.

Reading is taught daily at Whiteshill with children having the opportunity to learn and apply phonics, read independently, share class books, visit the school library and hold discussions and answer questions about what they have read.

Our reading curriculum is planned to ensure progression, challenge, diversity and breadth of texts.  Over their time at Whiteshill children engage with and compare traditional stories, fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world; they enjoy and join-in with repetitive phrases in stories they know and love; they appreciate, critique and learn off by heart a range of rhymes and poetry; they immerse themselves in picture books with hidden meanings; use non-fiction books to enhance their understanding of curriculum subjects and come back to known authors again and again in order to make links and understand themes and conventions across different texts.

Our long term reading plan for the whole school can be found here.

Maths is taught in line with GloMaths coverage which is a Gloucestershire wide initiative which ensures full coverage of all the maths knowledge and skills the children need in order to achieve their potential across key stage 1 and 2. More information can be found at: http://mathsnav.com/ks1.html

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

Music is taught through specialist music teachers – more information can be found on our music page of the school website.

PE is taught for 2 hours each week in all Key Stage 1 and 2 classes in line with National Curriculum requirements – more information can be found on our Sports page of the website.

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

All other National Curriculum subjects are taught through enquiry based learning across the year. As our curriculum is currently being developed and enhanced to support our school’s vision and values, more information will follow.

RE teaching follows the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for 1 hour per week in line with statutory guidelines.

PSHCE teaching follows the Gloucestershire Pink curriculum and takes place for approximately 1 hour per week as well as being enhanced by enrichment weeks such as anti-bullying week in February.

At Whiteshill, our children take part in the following statutory national assessments:

Reception Baseline Assessment: In the first 6 weeks of their time in Willow Class (EYFS), all children will take part in the RBA which is a short assessment of the children’s early mathematics, literacy, communication and language. The purpose of the RBA is to form the starting point for cohort-level school progress measures. Data from the RBA will be compared to key stage 2 outcomes 7 years later to form the overall progress measure for a school.

End of EYFS Assessment: At the end of their first year in school, teachers use their professional knowledge to make a holistic, best-fit judgement about a child’s development, and their readiness for year 1 supported by the Early Learning Goals set out by government.  These include assessments of: listening, attention and understanding; speaking; self-regulation and managing self;  building relationships; gross and fine motor skills; comprehension and word reading; writing; number and numerical patterns; past and present; people, culture and communities; the natural world; creating with materials and being imaginative and expressive.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check: This check will take place in June during your child’s time in Year 1. Your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not pass the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2, following support from the school throughout the year.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check:  This check will take place during a 3-week window in June each year.  The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help us to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

End of Key Stage 1 Tests: Your child will take tests on reading and mathematics during the month of May in Year 2. You will be sent the results of your child’s Teacher Assessments, which are informed by these tests, automatically in their end of year reports and you can ask the school for the test results any time after the end of May if you wish.

Key Stage 2 Tests: Your child will take national tests during the month of May when they reach the end of Key Stage 2. These test your child’s skills in: English Reading, English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and mathematics. The tests last less than 4 hours altogether.  The school will send you the results of your child’s Tests and Teacher Assessments with their end of year reports.