At Caroline Haslett we provide both a broad and balanced curriculum, based on the National Curriculum for England and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Both are inclusive and aim to develop the full potential of all our children.
We teach the children the essential knowledge they require to be educated citizens. As the National Curriculum states, ‘ we introduce children to the best that has been thought and said, helping them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement’
The Early Years Foundation Stage covers seven areas of learning which are broken down further into the prime and specific areas.
The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication, Language and Literacy.
The specific areas are Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Creative Development. We deliver our curriculum through a balance of structured taught lessons and independent opportunities to learn through play.
The National Curriculum is just one element of the education we offer our children. We offer a rich environment that develops the children’s curiosity, their creativity and enables them to develop their problem solving skills.
The National Curriculum curriculum is organized into Core and Foundation Subjects.
Core subjects are – English, Maths and Science.
Foundation subjects are – Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, a Modern Foreign Language (in KS2) Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.
In addition to these National Curriculum subjects we teach Religious Education.
Each subject has important components.
English – Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing,
Science – Living things, Materials, Seasonal Change, Rocks, Light, Forces, States of Matter, Sound, Electricity (KS2)
Design and Technology – Design, Make, Evaluate, Technical Knowledge, Cooking and Nutrition
Geography – Location and place, human and physical, skills and fieldwork
History – a range of historical topics – including local history, Romans, etc
Languages – French
Music – Play, Listen, Perform, History of Music
PE – Basic Movements, Team Games, Dance, Outdoor and Adventurous, Swimming (KS2)
We have regular Assemblies where we teach stories and themes that promote positive British values – these may include bible stories, moral tales, current affairs, supporting charities etc
We have regular sessions where the children learn about personal, social and health issues that may affect them and others.
The school is organised into 4 distinct stages
Foundation Stage - Reception
Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2
Lower Key Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4
Upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5 and 6
Each Stage has a team leader who works with teachers to ensure the curriculum is challenging, well resources and well taught.
Teachers regular assess children to ensure the curriculum is best suited to the child’s individual needs. Results of assessments are closely monitored by the school’s Senior Management Team.
In Foundation and KS1 we follow a systematic synthetic phonic based programme, Letters and Sounds. This programme is used daily to teach children key phonics skills such as grapheme (letter) and phoneme (sound) correspondence and oral blending and segmenting of sounds. These skills are then developed further so that the children are able to blend sounds to read and segment sounds to spell. Alongside developing the children’s phonics skills, they also learn to read and spell key words. As the children progress through the Letters and Sounds programme there is a greater focus on spelling rules and patterns.
In Key Stage 1 we are keen to encourage the children to read a wide range of texts and to develop a love of reading. In English lessons, Guided Reading and story time the children are introduced to a wide range of authors and genres. The children take home books to read from a leveled set of books including schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club and Lighthouse. The children are encouraged to read every evening at home and we encourage adults to ask questions about what they have read to develop their comprehension skills. They are able to change their books frequently and progress through the levels. They also have a regular library slot where they are able to choose a book to take home and share.
Across the school we use Letters and Sounds to support the teaching of Phonics together with Support for Spelling at Key Stage 2.
You can access more information and support materials to help your child here.
For information about what your children are learning please go to our News letters section where you will find curriculum newsletters.