School Curriculum Aims
Our school curriculum aims are based on our vision and values. Our curriculum aims are as follows:
Nursery and Reception
We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. You can find information for parents on the Foundation Years website. We use Development Matters to help plan, assess and observe children in order to support their development. At the end of the Reception year we carry out a statutory assessment of all children using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The results of this assessment are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.
We plan around topics in Reception and Nursery, and we follow the children’s interests and develop learning themes from them. We also join in with the whole school focus areas each term using age-appropriate activities.
The Nursery and Reception staff are always happy to talk to you about your child’s learning, so if you have any questions please ask. Children earn merits if their reading diary is regularly updated by their parent or carer.
The Nursery and Reception staff keep detailed profiles of each child which are available for parents and carers to look at during termly Parents Evenings.
Here is an outline of how the curriculum is organised by year group. This will give you an idea of what your child will be learning over the year.
We follow Croydon’s Agreed Syllabus to teach Religious Education Croydon Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018
Whole School Themes
Each half term the whole school focuses on a different theme to help us deliver our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education programme. In 2020/21 our whole school focus topics will continue to be:
- Autumn 1: Black History
- Autumn 2: Disability Awareness
- Spring 1: Mindfulness
- Spring 2: Women’s History
- Summer 1: The Environment
- Summer 2: LGBTQ+ History.
These themes will be threaded through the curriclum taught in each year group and will be taught through cross curricular lessons.
These tests and assessments were suspended in 2020 and 2021, due to the national lockdown.
Reception Baseline Assessment: Schools must complete the reception baseline assessment for each child in the first six weeks after they enter reception.
Year One Phonics Test: Takes place in the week commencing Monday 6 June 2022
Year Two Phonics Test: This will take place in the second half of the 2021 autumn term. Year 2 pupils who meet the expected standard in phonics in the 2021 autumn check will not be required to complete any further statutory assessments in phonics. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the 2021 autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022, alongside year 1 pupils.
Key Stage 1 Tests: Will be administered during May 2022.
Year Four Multiplication and Times Tables Test: This will take place in the 3-week period from Monday 6 June 2022.
Key Stage 2 Tests: Will be from Monday 9 May to Thursday 12 May 2022.
The results of these tests and/or assessments will be reported to parents and carers during the end of the year parents evening.