Curriculum Information Presentations - September 2018
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the children follow the EYFS curriculum which starts at birth and finishes at the age of five. The children's learning is based around seven areas of learning, three prime and four specific areas. Our children learn through play, and the play is free-flow between inside and outside all year round. Our teachers are experienced, qualified practitioners who have a deep understanding of young children, how they learn, how they grow and how to make sure that each child achieves their full potential at each stage of the EYFS. The children are encouraged to have a go, persevere, think and question their learning which prepares them for the next stage of their learning.
The three prime areas are: Communication and Language (CL), Physical Development (PD) and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED).
The four Specific areas are: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and the Expressive Arts.
All of these areas of learning give the children a broad and balanced curriculum before they begin on the Key Stage 1 curriculum.
Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The Key Stage runs in Years 1 & 2, and we organise the eleven national curriculum subjects into the seven areas of learning (as above), which provides progression of learning from the Foundation Stage. English, Mathematics, Science and Computing are core subjects. Through a creative topic-based approach, skills and knowledge learned in dedicated subject time are used and applied thus deepening understanding. First hand experiences in independent learning activities reinforce and extend learning at each child’s level.
Children in Year 1 begin working on the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. This transition is easy at Ewhurst because the children and parents know the different members of staff very well.
Religious Education is a core subject and we follow the Guildford Diocesan guidelines for the foundation of our teaching.
The school use the Jolly Phonics scheme for the youngest pupils, progressing to the letters and sounds programme. All Year 1 pupils undertake the National Phonics Screening Check in June.
At the end of Year 2 all children are assessed by the class teacher for the statutory End of Key stage 1 Assessment, which is reported to parents.
Children are taught as a whole class, in small mixed ability groups or similar ability groups, as well as on an individual basis. A range of teaching strategies are employed to support the learning styles of all children. Interactive whiteboards and a delightful learning environment provide superb learning and teaching opportunities for the children. Our spacious and purpose built outdoor environments effectively support independent learning opportunities.
Classes have a dedicated RE lesson each week following the Guildford Diocesan guidelines. The school follows the Christian calendar of specific events eg, Harvest, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Mothering Sunday. In addition to RE teaching, special events and pause days enhance the children's spiritual development.
Assemblies are an important part of school life. These acts of worship follow the church year; the Rector takes weekly assemblies. A celebration assembly is held each week when children receive certificates and awards for personal achievement.
Out of School achievements
As a school community there is also an opportunity to celebrate out of school achievements, such as sporting and musical awards.