In the Reception class, we follow the Foundation Stage Framework which applies to children between the ages of 3 and 5. We liaise closely with our Pre School to ensue a seamless transition for the children when they move up to ‘big school’.
Learning for young children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. During the Foundation Stage, many of these aspects of learning are brought together effectively through playing and talking. Teaching means systematically helping children to learn so that they are able to make connections and reflect on what they have learnt. Well planned play is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.
The Early Learning Goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Foundation Stage. They are organised into six areas of learning ~ Personal, social and emotional development; Communication, language and literacy; Mathematical development; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development; Creative development. On going assessment throughout the year records children’s progress in each of these areas.
Years 1 and 2 form Key Stage One and the children begin the National Curriculum which includes Literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening),Numeracy, Science, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), PE (Physical Exercise), History, Geography, Music, Art, DT (Design and Technology), RE (Religious Education) and PHSE (Personal, health, social education).
We, at Wroxall, have introduced an ‘innovative curriculum’ whereby these individual subjects can be taught together under a common theme. We have a two year rolling programme of themes usually lasting half a term each. So, for example, when studying the Romans, we can look at their history, where they lived, what their culture was like in terms of music and art, any scientific inventions, how they kept healthy, the gods they believed in, etc.
Literacy and Numeracy are always taught discretely as we believe these are crucial basic skills necessary to access the rest of the curriculum effectively.They are usually taught in the mornings when children are at their ‘freshest’.
Key Stage Two, Years 3-6, follow the same curriculum with the addition of a MFL (Modern Foreign Language). Here, at Wroxall, we start teaching French in Year 3.
Children are always taught according to their ability and prior achievement. In this way we meet all the needs from those with SEN (Special Educational Needs) through every child to those who may be Gifted and Talented in certain subjects. Children may be taught in their year group, in an ability group or individually as the need arises. We have mixed age classes but children will be taught according to their ability/ need, not their age, in order to maximise their progress. Occasionally we have whole school days when children work in ‘vertical age groups’ so that older pupils have the chance to help younger ones with their learning.
In order to motivate and stimulate children’s learning, we organise a wide range of both trips out and visitors to the school. Children also are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, involve their families and do research projects at home on the themes we are studying.
All classes start at 8.55am. Most days the morning is split between Literacy and Numeracy with a break at 10.30 -10.45am. Four days a week, the whole school meets for an assembly and, on the fifth day, the class meets together for ‘circle time’.
Lunch is between 12.00pm (for Years R, 1 and 2), 12.10 (for the older children) and 1.00pm. The afternoons are devoted to all the other subjects. School lessons finish at 3.00pm. There is a wide range of after school clubs which vary from term to term but are always popular.
If you would like to know anymore, please do not hesitate to talk to the headteacher, any teacher or governor, or come and visit the school!