In our Nursery and Reception classes, activities relate to statutory early learning goals covering language and literacy, mathematical, scientific and technological, creative, physical, human and social, moral and spiritual. We place a high value on the development of literacy and numeracy skills.
Our Reception Class curriculum gradually makes provision for the initial stages of all statutory areas of the National Curriculum. Children experience both teacher directed and independently selected activities. We aim to ensure that children enjoy their first formal learning experiences, and that they feel safe and happy in school.
The curriculum we subsequently provide reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum, the Local Authority and the Governing Body. Each year group follows planned programmes of study linked to National Curriculum requirements and the literacy and numeracy strategies.
In each class, the children are actively involved in a variety of tasks and experiences relating to Mathematics, English, Science, Technology, ICT, Art, History, Geography, PE, Music and RE. These are structured to promote a range of learning skills including investigation, problem solving and both independent and collaborative work.
Many aspects of English and Mathematics are taught in whole class and group sessions, and reinforced through topics based on the other curriculum areas. We are committed to ensuring that our children develop increasing competence in Reading, Writing and Mathematical skills throughout Key Stages 1 and 2.
Phonics and Reading in EYFS & KS1
In EYFS the children are taught phonics using Jolly Phonics alongside the Letters and Sounds document.
In KS1 the children are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds document.
The main reading scheme used across the EYFS and KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree however, other schemes, such as Collins Big Cat and Rigby Rocket are used to strengthen the quality of reading provision.
Much of our work is enhanced by visits to the immediate area around school. For example supervised visits take place to local shops and houses, Peel Park, the Industrial Museum and Eccleshill Library, all of which are within walking distance of our school.
In addition to these regular visits into the immediate locality, we place great value on visits of a more specific nature taking place during the year. These may be half or full day visits to places of interest. It is always our intention that these will be an integral part of the ongoing learning within the school. Parental permission is sought for these visits, and a minimum of two weeks’ notice given. Recent visits have included Bolton Abbey, Shibden Hall, Tropical World and The Viking Village.
The School welcomes visiting speakers and artists in residence to work in school to enhance pupils’ learning.
Y5 pupils are offered an opportunity to participate in a 5 day (4 night) residential at Ingleborough Hall in the Yorkshire Dales. Y6 Pupils have the opportunity of a 3 day (2 night) visit to Nell Bank Centre, Ilkley to focus on team building activities.
Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education is promoted through ongoing topics and themes and addresses issues including drugs, smoking and alcohol.
Our Physical Education curriculum includes games, sporting and outdoor activity and promotes an understanding of how exercise contributes to healthy development. Our children have the opportunity to learn basic games skills during PE time and to extend these further during breaks and extra-curricular activities.
We place great value on the arts and aim to provide a range of cultural and aesthetic experiences, as well as opportunities to work in a wide range of media.