We have a strong belief that a broad and balanced curriculum should be delivered to all children, enthusiastically, to stimulate their minds so that each child is given the opportunity to be included in a wide curriculum.
Our setting is organised into 3 age related phases that deliver a curriculum for children from the age of 3 - 11 years.
Nursery and Reception classes form the Foundation Stage which caters for children from 3-5 years old. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.
The new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum has seven areas of learning; The prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development, Communication & Language. The specific areas of learning are; Literacy, Mathematics, understanding the world and expressive Arts & Design.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) follow the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is made up of the core subjects; English, Science, Mathematics, Computing. and R.E. It also includes the Foundation subjects; Art & Design, Design Technology, Geography, History and Music, Citizenship, Personal, Health & Social Education. Our curriculum is motivating, engaging and taught through a theme with a strong emphasis on creativity.
EYFS: Nursery and Reception pupils are taught and assessed following a document called 'Development Matters in the EYFS.' This document informs the style of teaching in early years as well as the skills that children should be taught.In Nursery and Reception children experience a range of activity types including, teacher led and child initiated opportunities.
KS1 and 2:
The 2014 English curriculum is followed with a focus on the use of Quality first texts. Quality first texts. Big Reading is also used to assist the teaching of reading comprehension skills.
The 2014 Maths curriculum is followed. This is supplemented by Big Maths which focuses on learning, recalling and applying number facts.
Units of work are taught each half term focusing on enquiry based skills, investigations and application of understanding.
Units are taught in every class each half term. Children use a wide variety of hardware and software to develop their skills applications including programming.
The SACRE scheme is followed across the school where the children learn about different faiths through: Places of faith, Holy books and sources of authority, The natural world, Festivals, celebrations, customs, practices and lifestyles, Founders and leaders and Expressing meaning and symbolism.
Foundation Subjects (History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology): These subjects are taught through termly themes from Y1-6. The children engage in a rich curriculum and creative range of activities via the themes. The focus of each lesson is skills based and embedded are the three key curriculum drivers of independence, confidence and respect.
Is taught weekly by music specialists from Sandwell across the school from Nursery to Y6. Y3 also have 'wider opportunity' sessions and peripatetic tuition to learn to play the cornet.
Phonics Lessons are taught on a daily basis from Nursery to year 2. Phonics lessons teach children the skills they need to be able to read and spell words through blending and segmenting. At GVPS we use a synthetics phonics programme called Letters and Sounds, within their year group, with other children working at the same phonic phase.
Towards the end of year 1, children take part in a one-to-one screening check to see if they are working at the expected level for their age. If they are not they will need to retake the check towards the end of year 2. Teachers use the screening check information along with other assessments to inform next steps in learning.
Whole School Thematic Overview 2017/2018
Each class has two PE sessions each week which are taught by a PE coach from The Albion Foundation. Each Year 4 class also have a term of swimming. Our PE coverage allows children to develop a wide range of skills both physically and tactically. It also promotes the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
GVPS PE OVERVIEW 2017/2018
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