At Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School we ensure that each child is offered a curriculum that promotes high standards of achievement, regardless of ability, ethnic origin or gender.
We aim to provide a curriculum which:-
· follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance and the National Curriculum and RE syllabus.
· is broad and balanced, and develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.
· has planned, wide-ranging, educational experiences at a level appropriate to the individual child.
· allows the children to be taught as a whole class, in groups and one-to-one, as appropriate.
· addresses the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, preparing them for life as effective citizens.
· will include relevant visits and visitors to school to enrich the curriculum.
Each class is taught through topics which ensure full coverage of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in Reception or the National Curriculum in Years 1 to 6.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Our Early Years staff work very closely to ensure all pupils have an equal opportunity to access the curriculum both inside and out. Our teachers and Teaching Assistants provide a secure base for each child and are able to support and respond to each individual’s needs and monitor their progress.
The Reception children follow the EYFS Framework and Guidance. This is a continuation of their pre-school curriculum. The three Prime areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. There are four Specific Areas of Learning: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
The curriculum is practical, engaging, active and multi-sensory. The staff plan together and there is a good balance of directed activities with an adult and activities initiated by the children.
During their first year in school the children are assessed, through observations and discussions with them, in all areas of learning and at the end of the Foundation Stage parents receive a report and a record of their achievement.
Please visit Rabbits class page to see the latest curriculum plan.
Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2)
In Key Stage One pupils follow the National Curriculum which is broken into subjects; English, Maths, Science, Computing, PE, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music. RE is planned using the Diocese of Guildford syllabus and Personal, Social, Health Education is taught in order to support children’s social and emotional needs.
These subjects are often taught through topics. These change each half term.
Throughout Key Stage One teachers are continually assessing each child's progress to ensure that they are able to make the best possible progress and also to quickly identify any problems or difficulties which may create a barrier to a child's learning. There are also more formal assessments carried out in both Year 1 and Year 2.
In Year 1 all children nationally are assessed in Phonics to determine whether they are meeting the expected age related standard. In Year 2 the children are assessed at the end of the year using both "tests" and teacher assessments to determine the level each child is attaining.
In Year 1 and Year 2 parents receive a written report detailing their child’s attainment and achievements of the year.
A child-centred and caring approach is adopted towards each child, providing challenge and opportunity. We aim to develop independence when meeting challenges, fostering personal motivation and agreeing high expectations. Progression from one stage of learning to the next is gradual and provides opportunities for practice and individual learning.
Children are taught in different ways and, depending upon the occasion, can work as a class, in a small group or individually. The way we plan the curriculum is a key feature of our school. We plan for the child’s ability as well as their age. Excellent planning with highly motivated and trained staff ensures progression for each pupil through the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
We strive to instil our pupils not only with knowledge, but also the ability to learn, so that they can apply their skills in new situations with confidence.
Key Stage Two (Year 3-6)
In Key Stage Two pupils follow the National Curriculum subjects as in Key Stage One but with the addition of Modern Foreign Languages. At Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School our children learn Spanish.
In order to ensure coverage of the knowledge, skills and understanding outlined in the curriculum, subjects are taught following a topic based approach. Each term has a new topic focus and learning in most subjects’ link to the topic theme. At Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School we put the children at the heart of our curriculum in order to plan lessons and enrichment activities that will interest, inspire, challenge and motivate our pupils.
Each term we ensure that the children have the opportunity to enrich their learning in the different topics being covered through the organisation of trips or visitors into school. This enables the pupils to embed their knowledge and understanding within a range of exciting contexts.
During their time with us, we aim to instil a love of learning and sense of independence in our children. By teaching them a set of core learning skills and embedding them into our day to day routines, the children become resilient, independent and confident learners. Our learning skills are: perseverance, collaboration, managing distractions, being absorbed, making links, problem solving and questioning.
Throughout Key Stage Two, teachers continually assess and monitor the progress of the children; this enables us to identify each child’s strengths and areas where they may need further support. During the summer term of Year 6, pupils will sit the end of Key Stage SATs tests. All pupils nationally are assessed in reading; spelling, grammar and punctuation; and mathematics. Writing is assessed by the teacher based on a broad range of work produced in school. These assessments determine whether a child is meeting their age related expectations.
At the end of each year parents receive a written report detailing their child’s attainment and achievements for the year. We also hold two parent/teacher meetings throughout the year in order to keep you up to date with your child’s progress.
At Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School we are proud of the close working relationship we have with our families. Each year we hold reading, writing and mathematics workshops in all year groups to help parents support their child’s learning at home. We also provide opportunities for families to attend workshops to work alongside their children.
Each section below sets out our rationale and aims for each subject area in the curriculum. We are passionate at Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School about providing rich and stimulating learning opportunities. Children are actively encouraged to become self-resourcing, confident and independent learners. We regularly make use of our stunning outdoor areas to support the learning happening inside the classroom.
For a breakdown of how each subject is covered in each year group, please visit the class pages and look at the termly or half-termly topic overviews.