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Curriculum

ORGANISATION

Our school accommodates 90 children in each year group, Reception to Year 2 with 30 children in each class. Our Nursery can accommodate 39 children in each session (morning or afternoon).

 

Key Stage

Ages

Foundation Stage 1

 

Nursery

3 – 4 years

Foundation Stage 2

 

Reception

4 – 5 years

Key Stage 1

 

Year 1

5 – 6 years

Year 2

6 – 7 years

 

At the end of the Reception year, the children across the three classes are remixed.   This gives the school the opportunity ensure that each class has a range of gender, ability, disability, culture, religion and will enable maximum opportunities for the children’s progress and development.

Foundation Stage

At Darrick Wood, over the course of the year, we continue to work towards the Early Learning Goals outlined in the ‘Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage’ which all nurseries, playgroups and school reception classes have to follow. We work tirelessly to prepare the children for the start of the National Curriculum work in Year One. We provide learning opportunities in 7 areas, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design. We approach all aspects of the work we have to cover through play. Research shows that play is the main way that children learn in early childhood.

Through play children investigate and explore new and unknown situations.

They learn to develop friendships and how to foster positive relationships. They also learn to explore their surroundings and take risks in a safe environment.

Places are available in our Nursery Class on a part time basis for children the term after they are 3, ie if your child is 3 in July, they can begin Nursery in September. Children are admitted to the Nursery using the same criteria as in mainstream.  Siblings have priority, with distance of home from school being the second consideration.  Parents may add their child’s name to the school waiting list for the Nursery at any time.

Times:            Morning          8.45 am – 11.45 am Afternoon       12.45 pm – 3.45 pm

Children must attend all five sessions of either morning or afternoon

 

Keystage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)

The National Curriculum consists of 11 subjects which all children study in school. The subjects are English, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education. Our curriculum is interactive, interesting and enjoyable for all learners and has been developed to be very creative, ensuring that children are able to make meaningful links between subjects to enhance their learning opportunities. Religious Education is not part of the secular curriculum, but is taught according to the Agreed Syllabus. A parent has the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Assemblies.

At Darrick Wood we include assemblies that celebrate all religions to acknowledge the diversity in our cultures. We also address the social and emotional aspects of learning that are part of being a caring, responsible and good citizen within our community.

Reading

At Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School we use book banding to help children progress as readers. Rather than using one reading scheme, our pupils select their own books from a choice of reading books that incorporate a range of schemes and other selected books, including non-fiction, poetry and patterned stories. This includes books from the following schemes and companies: Oxford Reading Tree, Fireflies,Treetops, Sunshine Spirals, Project X, Floppy's Phonics, Oxford Literacy Web, as well as traditional tales, myths and legends, stories and poems from a range of well known children's authors and poets.

All the reading books are colour coded with a coloured sticker. This sytem of coding and banding the books allows children to read a wider range of appropriate reading levels. Teachers will use their professional knowledge to help children progress with their reading. All staff use regular teaching assessment to judge the level that children are reading at and decide when children are ready to move to the next coloured book band. Class teachers will provide further details on the book bands when a child starts school.

Our overall aim is to develop a love of reading in every child and to equip each child with the reading skills they need for life. We hope that parents enjoy sharing school books with the children and find it a pleasurable, worthwhile activity.

Phonics

At Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School phonics is taught through daily discrete lessons in both Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and in Key Stage 1. Phonics for reading and writing is taught explicity, as well as across the curriculum so that pupils regularly practise applying their phonics skills and knowledge. Pupils learn sets of sounds, spelling rules, blending for reading and segmenting for writing, following the 2007 publication from the DfE 'Letters and sounds'