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Foundation Stage (Children Aged 3-5 Years)

The period from age three to the end of Reception year is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.

In the first year of Foundation Stage children attend nursery or Pre School (Foundation Stage 1 – FS1) and in the second they start school (Foundation Stage 2 – FS2). 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics, set out below.

 

The Prime areas of learning:

  • communication & language
  • physical development
  • personal, social & emotional development

The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts & design

The learning characteristics:

  • playing & exploring
  • active learning
  • creating & thinking critically

For each Early Learning Goal teachers will assess whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception Year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).

The Early Learning Goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Foundation stage (i.e. end of Reception year). By the beginning of Year 1 some children will have exceeded the goals but other children will be working towards some or all of these goals.

 

Primary Curriculum (KS1 & KS2)

At Darton Primary School we strive to provide an engaging, relevant and broad curriculum which develops the children’s skills to overcome a variety of challenges. Our curriculum is built around the objectives set out in the national curriculum which covers the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Languages and Citizenship. Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Religious Education are also part of our curriculum.

As a school we have created themes that promote the children’s interest and allow them to develop their skills within different subject areas through a shared context.  We develop children’s independence and resourcefulness so they can apply skills in one subject area to overcome challenges and achieve in another.

 

The Department for Education guidance about the school curriculum can be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum

 

Our intent and how we implement our curriculum

 

At Darton Primary school we have designed a curriculum with two key drivers underpinning every topic area. We believe that by focusing on the following key drivers our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.

 

Our curriculum drivers are:

 

Aspirations – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future.

Initiative - we aim to offer experiences which help them to become independent and resourceful learners.

 

We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which they belong and play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.

 

At Darton Primary School it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s head and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.

 

We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.

 

At Darton Primary School we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental well being are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental well being are as valued and important as academic development.

 

We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.

 

Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.

 

Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Darton Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.

 

Please contact the school if you would like any further details of the curriculum that we follow.


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