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Our Vision and Intent

Our vision is for our school to be “A place to flourish”.  This is based on John 10:10 when Jesus said "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full".  This is what we want for everyone in our school community: to reach their potential, as God intended, with learning being understood as a shared responsibility.  We see flourishing in its broadest sense, and not just academically, as we understand that flourishing will mean different things, to different people, at different times.  We want our whole school community to flourish, underpinned by our Christian ethos and fundamental British values.

 

We are currently on a curriculum development journey, which is an integral part of our school improvement plan over the next two years.  Through our curriculum, we want to unlock children’s potential and enable them to discover their interests and talents, across the curriculum, be it art, music or sport.  We also want to give our children concrete opportunities and experiences, taking advantage of our wonderful local area, as well as our status as a Church school.   Our vision is for children to create “beautiful work” that they share with others, and build on previous learning, making links through “golden threads”.

 

Finally, we want our children to develop four key skills during their time with us: resilience, teamwork, courage and independence.  We also want them to have the opportunity to contribute to the community, using their pupil voice, through pupil leadership.  Both of these are recorded by the children in their “Blundeston Passport”.

 

For more information about our Early Years curriculum, please see your child's teacher(s), look on your child's class page or see our Twitter feed.

Prime Areas
  • Communication and language 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

Specific Areas
  • Literacy 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 measures.
 
  • 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.

Reception Curriculum

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