The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers pupils from birth to five years. This is probably the most important time of your child’s education, which provides a foundation on which to build future learning. At Leverhulme we have an EYFS Unit which can accommodate children from the age of 2 years. The main aims of the EYFS are:
- Staying safe
- Being healthy
- Enjoying and achieving
- Making a positive contribution
- Achieving economic wellbeing
Our curriculum covers seven areas of learning. Each of these areas is delivered by fully qualified staff through planned and purposeful play. Your child will be learning in a high quality environment which is well equipped and resourced, offering indoor and outdoor provision. In order to achieve successful delivery of the EYFS we aim to:
- Meet the diverse needs of all children
- Work in partnership with parents and other agencies, e.g., school nurse, speech therapists, etc.
- Provide flexible provision, e.g., full time nursery care, breakfast club, after school club
- Constantly think about how we can improve what we offer (quality improvement)
- Letter and Sounds phonics are used to teach the children letter sounds and supports the blending of letters in reading
Staff within the EYFS work together in planning and organising systems in order for the children to receive a safe, enjoyable and challenging learning environment.
Key Stage 1 and 2:
Children are taught in line with the New National Curriculum 2014. Details of the breakdown of skills can be found on the year group slides above. Our children start their phonics learning in the Foundation stage using Letters and Sounds. There is an emphasis throughout school of our children learning the basic skills of reading, writing and maths and daily English and Maths lessons ensure that children have every opportunity to succeed. We predominantly use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme throughout school but this is supplemented by other reading material when appropriate.
Our curriculum Is based on inquiry and we want our children to ask questions and think about what they are learning and how they can move their own learning on. Subjects are taught discretely and foundation subjects change theme each half term. Please see the attached Curriculum Maps for each year group which detail the themes the children will be covering during the year. Spanish is taught across Key Stage 2 by a specialist languages teacher.
We try to give our children as many real life opportunities to learn as possible and encourage outside speakers to come in and for the children to go on trips linked to the curriculum to enhance their learning.
Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the Bolton Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of R.E. We give all pupils a rich variety of experiences through which to develop skills ,concepts and knowledge in order to help pupils create their own beliefs and values in life. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship help to give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active and responsible citizens.
All children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and their communities. We encourage our older children to take on more responsibilities around school and they have Captain, Playground Squad and Reading Buddy responsibilities.
For more information on the National Curriculum, click on the link below: