Curriculum

 

School Curriculum

 

This section of the school website contains information about how our school curriculum is organised.

 

We cover three Key Stages

 

·         Foundation Stage for children aged 4 to 5 years (the term after they’re 4 in our FS1) in FS1           and FS2 classes.

 

·         Key Stage 1 for children aged 5 to 7 years in year 1 and 2 classes

 

·         Key Stage 2 for children aged 7 to 11 years in year 3, 4, 5,and 6 classes

 

Foundation Stage

There are two classes forming the Foundation Stage Unit. We do not have a nursery and do not take children from 3 years but we do have Foundation Stage 1, which is a class that consists of children who start the term after they turn 4 years old. Foundation Stage 1 runs during the Spring and Summer terms and is mornings only. It offers an excellent induction for a full time place in Foundation Stage 2.

 

The Unit provides a very well equipped environment, warm and friendly with an exciting outdoor area. Good communication in partnership with parents starts here and whether your child has started with us or has come to us at 5 from another setting, we do all we can to make it a smooth and well informed transition. When we receive a pupil we will have visited them in their setting and talked with the adult who knows them best - which is you. All this information helps to ensure continuity of experience in the Foundation Stage.

 

At this stage there is rapid development and learning is carefully planned to take account of individual achievements and needs. Children will engage in whole class activities, individual learning opportunities and/or small group learning/co-operation opportunities. Activities and teaching sessions are planned for using the Early Years Foundation Stage document as well as the new Development Matters Framework.

 

We offer a variety of opportunities which include designing and constructing, imaginative play situations, investigating and exploring sand and water, creative activities both inside and outside. The children’s language will be enriched and developed, physical abilities and co ordination given a chance to grow and levels of cooperation, concentration, persistence and independence will be raised.

 

Key Stage 1&2

Pupils are given a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to achieve in their thinking and support them to learn the skills that help them to be independent learners.

 

The curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development giving clear guidance about right and wrong, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures and how these influence both our own and other individuals and societies. Children are also encouraged to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping safe. The school curriculum generates values that stay with our pupils hopefully longer than just their life at Forest Glade.

 

Equal opportunities are important and promoted to enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping. It helps to develop their awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which they live. Its presence in the curriculum is to secure their commitment to sustainable development at a personal, local, national and global level. Equally pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well being is a very important element and helps them to form strong and worthwhile relationships, respecting themselves as well as others in all their environments.

 

The subjects studied at Key 1 and 2 are:

  Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  Foundation subjects: Art and Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education (PE), Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

 

In addition all children must study religious education unless they have been withdrawn from lessons by their parents. Parents wishing to withdraw pupils from acts of worship and religious education are asked to contact the Head Teacher.

 

We recognise the importance of both developing key skills in reading, writing and number as well as matching our curriculum to the needs and interests of our learners. Our curriculum incorporates opportunities for off site visits, residential visits, music, art and sport in addition to ensuring that all areas of Numeracy and Literacy are covered.

 

Each year group teacher prepares a curriculum newsletter each term to let you know the planned themes and subject focus for each class.