At St Nicholas’ Primary our curriculum comprises all the learning and other experiences that we plan to meet the needs and interest of our pupils. It is constantly evolving to develop the skills needed for children to become successful learners, help prepare them for life in modern Britain and empower them to achieve success in the future. Our aim, to deliver a dynamic and innovative curriculum that challenges, excites and inspires children to become successful and confident learners and achieve their best, is the main driving force behind how we design and deliver our curriculum.
The school’s curriculum promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and understanding, and a love of learning. It covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, technical, creative and sporting excellence. It has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety, and contributes very well to pupils’ academic achievement, their physical well-being, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We are a values led school, and these values are embedded into our curriculum and everyday life. We also explore our values in greater depth through our P4C ((Philosophy for Children) enquiries.
Our curriculum is planned in themes on a yearly rolling programme within each year group. Topics are chosen to capture the interests and imaginations of our children. Themes include: Marvellous Marston, The Great Fire of London, Invaders and settlers, Exciting Egyptians, Romans, Yabba-dabba-do! The Stone Age, as well as many more exciting topics. Each theme includes a wow or hook, which is designed to engage and excite the children with their learning. Skills-based learning is developed by linking subjects such as history, geography, art, design technology and music to the topic being studying. This allows children to make purposeful links in their learning. We also use every opportunity to make further links through reading, writing, maths, science and computing where relevant. PE and RE are often taught as discreet subjects to allow coverage of the main objectives and age appropriate skill development.
Overview of EYFS
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. When children start at St Nicholas’ School at the age of 3, they join our Nursery class, then move into our Reception classes in the September when they are 4 years old.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
At St Nicholas’ Primary School, we recognise that children come to us having already had a wide variety of experiences. We work closely with parents and carers to ensure that we have the information that we need to best support the children in our care.
We plan a wide range of learning activities for the children, both in the classroom and outside, and we give careful consideration to the children’s characteristics of learning when planning. We give time and resources to children to initiate their own learning, as well as providing them with opportunities to work together with adults. The children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and at the end of their time in EYFS, we assess their achievements by completing the EYFS profile.