Our school is single-form entry, which means there is one class per year group. The year groups are split between three distinct phases that combine together to ensure a smooth transition through the school.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, our boys and girls age 3-5 are valued as unique individuals who develop and learn in individual ways and at varying rates.
A high quality Early Years experience provides a firm foundation on which to build future academic, social and emotional success. We therefore support and encourage each child to achieve their full potential. A child’s first experience of school has a major impact on their perception of learning. A child who is happy, safe and secure in their environment will have a firm foundation from which to grow and develop their abilities and talents.
We carefully consider each child in our care in terms of their needs, interests and stage of development and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience across all the areas of learning and development. Staff throughout the phase make careful observations and assessments to monitor the children's progress and further develop their learning.
In the Nursery and Reception classes we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. The Foundation Stage curriculum focuses on three prime areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development and four specific areas of learning: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and arts and design.
Each area of the curriculum is taught through our exciting topic work, so that learning is always meaningful and relevant. Children are welcomed into stimulating, organised classrooms with interactive learning areas to engage, interest and encourage them to become independent, enquiring learners.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage One, children build upon the foundations built in their early years education. We provide a creative curriculum that is planned carefully to meet the needs of individual learners, taking account of their interests. Play based learning is incorporated in to the learning environment, with learning becoming more formal as children progress through the year.
There is a big focus on developing children's early skills as readers, with the expectation that children "learn to read" in KS1 so that they can "read to learn" throughout the rest of their time in school. We are committed to our delivery of synthetic phonics, through daily "Read, Write, Inc" lessons, whole class reading sessions, high quality texts used in Literacy lessons and within the classroom and the commitment to children reading 1:1 with adults in school. Other key curriculum foci are writing and mathematics. Teaching is planned to ensure that children make progress with their core skills in these areas and daily use of these key skills throughout the day are an important part of this. We work hard to ensure that children are active and engaged in their learning at all times and make the most of outdoor learning, making use of our wonderful outdoor classroom throughout the day.
Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum in Key Stage One. Children have two PE lessons every week and work hard to develop their PE skills.
Other curriculum areas are taught through our creative curriculum topics. Children have enjoyed learning about the history of the local area through going on an open top bus and making models of local landmarks as home learning projects. Children in Key Stage One really engaged with the topic of "Disney", which was child initiated last year. We had a visit to the cinema and developed our History, Geography, Art DT and Computing skills along the way. History, Geography, Music, Art and Design Technology are incorporated in to "Topic" lessons, where appropriate. Science, Computing, PHSCE and RE are taught discreetly throughout the year.
Children in Year 1 will participate in the phonics screening test in June. During the summer term, children in Year 2 are tested using the Standard Attainment Tasks and it is a legal requirement that end of key stage teacher assessments are reported to parents.
Key Stage Two
As our pupils progress into Key Stage Two, they begin to develop new skills that will assist them in their future school career. We aim to give them greater responsibility for their own learning so that they become more independent and recognise the important of their education. The pupils study more challenging texts during literacy lessons and are taught to delve into the hidden meanings behind them. They are taught effective research techniques and are encouraged to use our ICT suite and school library to source their own information.
KS2 maths lessons involve a weekly 'Big Maths' test which promotes the use and development of mental strategies as well as calculation skills. Children work on differentiated tasks independently and in groups. These interactive lessons place maths in context for the pupils so that they can understand the importance of what they are learning and can find inspiration from its practical applications in life. In KS2, times tables become an integral skill for this subject and children are expected to learn all times tables by heart ensuring that they stay with them throughout the rest of their education.
Science in KS2 is taught with duel objectives. We aim to give the children a taste of what is to come in secondary science education by teaching the necessary content, as prescribed by the national curriculum, incorporating skills that develop scientific thinking and curiosity by using a practical approach. Practical skills lesson involves the students engaging interactively in science and taking a hands on approach by experimenting, investigating and coming to their own conclusions.
The non core subjects in KS2 are taught through a thematic approach with basic skills remaining at the heart of each session. Children are given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments as well as gain many new physical skills such as swimming, dance and drama. Each year, Key Stage Two perform a summer production which helps to build children's confidence through drama and music. Year 6 are given the opportunity to experience a residential visit where they enjoy team building activities and learn the independency required for the transition to secondary education. This residential also encourages the children to discover their personal talents as well as learning how to bring out the talents in others. Leadership is a skill that is inspirited in the students and they are encouraged to work with their classmates to inspire each other and share their talents. It also teaches the children to face their fears as they are presented with challenges and outdoor activities such as zip wire and orienteering.
Transition to Secondary School/Key Stage Three
Local secondary schools run their own transition days or weeks to help children make the step up to Key Stage Three. With many children having experience of only one school up until this point, these opportunities are vital to ensure the move is as smooth as it can be.
In addition to what is provided by the secondary schools, Year 6 undertake transition work at Caedmon during the second half of the summer term so that they can begin to prepare mentally and intellectually for the challenges their move will bring.