Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
When children first start school in their Reception Year, they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Throughout the EYFS there is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child and adult initiated. in our Early Years classes we plan for learning opportunities as a whole class, in small adult-focussed groups and through free-flow access to a variety of learning resources either indoors or in one of our two outdoor areas.
The EYFS curriculum is made up of three prime areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. At the end of the EYFS children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals, which indicate the level of development that ‘most’ children should achieve. Children will be assessed against each goal as meeting the ‘expected’ level, ‘exceeding’ the expected level or working towards it ’emerging’.
Above all our aim is that your child’s first year in school is a happy one that builds on their nursery or pre-school experiences. We are sure that they will enjoy making new friends, learning new skills and having lots of fun! We liaise closely with local pre-school and nursery settings and with parents/carers about each child’s individual social and learning needs to aid the transition to ‘big school’.
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Years 1 to 6
From Year 1 to Year 6 the children follow the National Curriculum. This consists of English, Maths, Science, Computing, Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, PE and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). In addition we follow the locally agreed syllabus for RE. The children in Year 3 to Year 6 also study French.
We set for maths and spelling from Year 2 onwards but all other subjects are taught as a class. Class sizes are invariably 30 as we are a popular and oversubscribed school. We do have extra help in the form of Teaching Assistants in each class.
Each year group has daily Maths and English sessions where discrete skills are taught. These are applied in topic work where appropriate.
Our Creative Curriculum
At Bracken Leas we have developed a creative topic approach to delivering most aspects of the National Curriculum. We have identified three key drivers which we embed in all topics that we teach. These are:
- Economic Awareness
- Knowledge of the Wider World
- Creative and Independent Thinking
Each topic starts with a WOW activity to hook the children into that terms work and ends with a planned outcome. We use trips and visitors to bring the curriculum to life. In Years 3, 4 and 6 we offer residential visits for all children.
We further enrich the curriculum through enterprise projects which every year group undertake each year. 2014/2015 enterprise projects included a Fairtrade afternoon tea, Fruity art, Chocolate sale and cake bake. Watch our Latest News and Twitter feed for details of our plans for 2015/2016!