Early Years Foundation Stage
This consists of the Nursery and Reception classes and has its own Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The classes work together, following the areas of learning and development towards a set of Early Learning Goals for Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics;Understanding the World.
Children start school with different levels of competence and confidence. Some have a broad range of experiences and can relate well to others, speak confidently, draw, count and read. Others have not yet begun to develop such competencies and are still very dependent on adults. We must take account of this range of needs when planning the curriculum for our youngest children and ensure that the provision is suitably differentiated.
A curriculum firmly based in active learning and play has many benefits for the attitudes and learning behaviours of children. Children are able to discover their own potential in play and
- learn to use language in a creative way
- gain a sense of achievement and personal pride through expanding their language
- skills and experiences
- meet and overcome challenges and learn to experiment without fear of failure
- increase self confidence
- develop a willingness to persevere.
Key Stage 1
This consists of Year 1 and Year 2. From Year 1 we, as all schools, follow the National Curriculum. This comprises eleven subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology (computers), History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Children also take part in weekly RE lessons, following Wandsworth agreed syllabus. Children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 go swimming each week in our Learner Pool.
Phonics is taught in a systematic and structured way using the Letters and Sounds Programme, ensuring early success in reading through the development of blending skills as well as segmenting to aid spelling. Bug Club and Jolly Phonics provide interactive activities to meet the needs of individual learners. We use Bug Club and Dandelion reading schemes which complement the Phonics Programme.
Key Stage 2
This consists of Years 3 to 6. Children continue to follow the National Curriculum and in addition they learn a modern foreign language, French. Children in Year 3 go swimming in our Learner Pool and children in Years 4 and 5 go swimming at Tooting Leisure Centre.
The National Curriculum sets out what children should be taught and what they should be able to do at each stage of their education. English and Mathematics form the core of our work and the majority of basic skills are taught as discrete units. However, we recognise the importance of making learning meaningful and memorable for children and try to make creative links between the different areas of learning whenever we can. Religious Education forms part of the curriculum and we follow Wandsworth’s agreed syllabus. Our aim is that all pupils understand the nature of religion and acquire an understanding of the beliefs, practices and strengths of the world’s six main religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
As well as making the most of the parks and places that make up our local area we have many local community members visiting our school and contributing to our children’s education. Whether it be older community members sharing their memories of living through the blitz, fire fighters from the neighbourhood station giving safety tips or some farm animals coming in to meet the children, we promote and value these relationships.
We make the most of learning opportunities afforded by London’s many museums, galleries and places of interest. We also provide opportunities for our children to experience learning further afield through visits to farms etc and also travelling to the Isle of Wight in Year 6, to enjoy the fabulous range of activities on offer at PGL’s outdoor education centre. We also regularly enjoy visits from theatre groups, musicians etc.