Beginning the Education Journey
Starting school is an exciting time for children and we will do all that we can to ensure that your child’s transition into full-time school is a supportive and happy experience. We want all of our children to feel confident, safe and secure as they move through the various school years. We value effective and continuous communication with parents and look forward to getting to know you and your child/ren.
The Foundation Stage
At Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School, we recognise the importance of these early years as giving the children the best start to their education. The children in the Foundation Stage 2/Reception Class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum which comprises of the seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes, as well as the Early Learning Goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the FS2/Reception year.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, known as the Prime Areas of Learning, are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children in the Foundation Stage will be working towards Early Learning Goals with progressive targets within each area.
This curriculum is designed to provide the children with key skills needed for learning. There is an emphasis on helping children to think; allowing their physical skills to develop; building their confidence; aiding auditory discrimination; developing their self-help skills and providing children with skills to socialise.
Schools must also support children in four Specific Areas of Learning, through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Staff will plan activities and experiences for children, as follows:
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology
Phonics & Spelling
At Woodthorpe C of E Primary School we follow the Read, Write Inc. programme for the daily teaching of Phonics, as well as the National Curriculum Spelling guidance for pupils in Years 1 to 6.
Key Stages 1 and 2 Curriculum
Pupils in KS1 (Years 1 & 2) and pupils in KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) follow the National Curriculum. This consists of:
English, Mathematics and Science
History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Language, Computing
We also teach Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSE)
Additional Educational Needs
All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.
Special Educational Needs
Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014 recognises that there are four broad areas:-
- Communication and Interaction (language and autism spectrum disorder
- Cognition and Learning (general learning and specific learning difficulties)
- Physical and Sensory
- Behavioural, Emotional and Social
Our set procedure for identifying and assessing the special needs of individual children involves pupils, parents, teaching staff and external agencies. We are able to provide an environment which enables access for all pupils regardless of their need.
The school is committed to being fully inclusive and will make such arrangements as are feasibly possible to adapt existing infrastructure and teaching as necessary. This will only be done with the advice of recognised advisory specialists in the appropriate disability.