In Foundation Stage at Haggonfields, our children learn Phonics through ‘Letters and Sounds’. Phonics teaching takes place on a daily basis for all Foundation Stage children and teaching is differentiated according to children’s ability levels. Through Phonics, children develop their listening skills, learn how letters link to sounds, segment (‘sound out’) words and blend sounds to read, and segment letter-sounds to write words and sentences.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Areas of Learning
We strive to create a child-led curriculum which inspires and motivates our children and enables them to develop a capacity and love for learning, as well as providing them with a secure basis on which to build their confidence, manage their feelings and form relationships. We provide a multitude of activities and experiences to suit a range of learning styles, and place emphasis on the importance of first-hand experience and exploration in enabling young children to learn more about the world around them. We teach to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, within which there are 7 areas of learning. These are split into the prime and specific areas but are all important and inter-connected:
The Prime Areas
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The Specific Areas
- Understanding the world.
- Expressive arts and design.
When in Foundation Stage, the children are observed and assessed informally throughout the year to ensure that activities and experiences are planned for that meet their developing needs and their ‘next steps’ in learning. Towards the end of the year, these informal assessments are culminated to reach a judgement for the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. They assess whether a child has achieved the ELGs, which is expressed as:
- ‘Emerging’ (not yet attaining the ELG)
- Attaining ‘expected’ (reaching the level of development needed for the end of the Reception (F2) year
- ‘Exceeding’ (attaining beyond the ELG)
Information is also gathered throughout the year on ‘The Characteristics of Effective Learning’, which look at how children play and explore, whether they are active learners and whether they are able to create and think critically.
KS1 & KS2
We use a topic based approach in order to teach all of the objectives outlined in the New National Curriculum 2014. Our main aim is to deliver an exciting and inspiring curriculum in which all children are motivated to learn. The KS1 & KS2 curriculums are planned in a progressive manner over a two year cycle.
Reading and Spelling
Each child receives a daily differentiated phonics and spelling programme for at least 20 minutes each day. This is based upon the dfe Letters and Sounds Programme, (2007) for all children working at or below phase 5, and The SpellingBee programme for those who have mastered their knowledge of phonics. We teach pupils based on their need rather than their age.
Pupils participate in 4 class based maths lessons and 1 ‘Big Maths’ skills lesson per week. Big Maths uses the Assertive Mentoring approach, and is a highly responsive approach to teaching and learning. The children are assessed daily ensuring that their work is closely matched to their individual needs. We aim to deliver an interesting and relevant curriculum that is linked to their topic work wherever possible.
The children have the opportunity to use a range of ICT at school and at home to enhance their learning. We have subscribed to a range of quality websites such as Mathletics, Bug Club reading scheme, Scratch and edmodo. Your child has been given a unique password so that they can access these sites at home and at school. We encourage you to use these with your child at home. Please see your child’s teacher if you are struggling to access the sites.