For our very youngest learners in the FSU we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), this covers seven areas of learning: three prime areas, communication and language; physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas which are: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world and expressive arts and design. We provide a broad, balanced, practical experience to enable our learners to have the best possible start to their educational career and monitor their progress regularly throughout the FSU in order to complete their EYFS profile.
Please note that children do not automatically transfer from FS1 to FS2. There is a legal requirement to apply for full time education, you will receive details from school.
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
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Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2)
Within Key Stage One, are the following year groups: Year 1 and Year 2. We plan our learning based on a variety of topics across the academic year. We endeavour to build learning links across all subjects to our topic where possible, ensuring learners have opportunities to develop their understanding by connecting associated concepts. In literacy we follow structured learning programs, starting with Read Write Inc. This helps children learn to read and write via a phonic based approach, with teaching and learning monitored closely to ensure the children make accelerated progress in their reading through effective use of the teaching team. Once the children have developed their ability to read securely and write cohesively at sentence level, they move into ‘Language and Literacy’ groups, which offer a text rich environment to further their writing. Children are expected to read their individual reading book 3 times a week at home with parents. In Maths, we follow the Big Maths scheme in calculations and our medal maths programme during maths lessons. Children are expected to complete a piece of Maths homework once a week at home with parents. There will be a wide variety of curriculum enhancing events throughout the year, including the Year 1 children going to Skegness for the day and the Year 2 children spending a night at school.
Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 and Year 4)
Within Lower Key Stage Two, are the following year groups: Year 3 and Year 4. We plan our learning based on a variety of topics across the academic year. We endeavour to build learning links across all subjects to our topic where possible, ensuring learners have opportunities to develop their understanding by connecting associated concepts. In English, we follow structured learning schemes which incorporate lessons in: reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Some children in Year 3 will continue to follow the Read Write Inc. programme if they have not yet completed it. In Maths, we follow the Big Maths scheme in calculations and our medal maths programme during maths lessons. All learners are expected to complete homework on a weekly basis. There will be a wide variety of curriculum enhancing events throughout the year, including a residential in each year group.
Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and Year 6)
The learning is based around an exciting topic led curriculum. We have high expectations of our learners in both their learning and their behaviour. They are expected to be role models to the children in the years below them. We give learners extra responsibilities. These learners are selected by staff and their duties focus on developing self-esteem, responsibility and independence.
At the end of year 5 children put themselves forward and are voted for by the whole school to become key members of the school council and they have regular meetings with Mrs Baker~Heath and Mrs Knibbs to take forward ideas and matters arising from school council meetings, this is a very responsible role as they are the direct voice of all the children in the school.
We also develop learner’s independence and responsibility for their own learning and as they prepare to move on to secondary school we spend a lot of time discussing and sharing experiences that are very important to them. Over the 2 years we cover sensitive issues including relationship and sex education and answer questions arising in an open and honest way. We also provide sessions on internet safety, drugs and gangs awareness.
Learners are expected to read at home every day and please support this with lots of questions to show that they understand the text. To show that they have read please sign their reading record. If the children read at least three times a week they will gain dojo points.
They are expected to complete homework on a weekly basis. In Year 5 and Year 6 this consists of a piece of maths, English and topic. This is distributed on a Thursday and is to be handed in the next Tuesday. Again the children can receive dojo points for handing in their homework on time and completing all of it. If the children are having problems completing their homework, there is a homework support club every lunchtime.
There is a residential visit for each of the year groups. Year 5 go camping at a scout/guide centre and this Year we are looking at taking Year 6 to a youth hostel in Hunstanton, Norfolk.
We are team who ensure all administrative work is carried out efficiently for LPA, we work at the direction of the Headteacher. We are responsible for the day to day office work, managing pupil records, orders etc we also assist the Headteacher in managing the school budget. We are the first point of contact for and LPA as such provide a vital link between school and the community.