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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.

 

All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, faith or linguistic background.  We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents and those who are learning English as an additional language.  We aim to provide a rich and challenging curriculum, which stretches our children's thinking. 

 

We are currently on a curriculum development journey, which has been an integral part of our school improvement plan over the last 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. 

 

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

Prime Areas
  • Communication and language - the development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial.

 

  • Personal, social and emotional development - children’s personal, social and emotional development is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world.

 

  • Physical development - physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood.

Specific Areas
  • Literacy - it is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).
 
  • Mathematics - developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers.
 
  • Understanding the world - understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them. Listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world.
 
  • Expressive arts and design - the development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.

Reception Curriculum

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