At Huyton with Roby we aim to provide our pupils with a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which meets fully the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for England and the requirement to teach Religious Education.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In September 2012 we began using the government’s new curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The learning and development requirements comprise of:
- seven areas of learning and development and the educational programmes which set out what will be covered in each age group.
- the early learning goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year; and
- the assessment requirements (when and how practitioners must assess children’s achievements, and when and how they should discuss children’s progress with parents and/or carers).
The seven areas of learning include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design.
Four guiding principles shape our practice. These are:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Key Stages 1 and 2
The National Curriculum sets out the most important knowledge skills and understanding that every child has a right to learn. It is a framework given to teachers by the government, so that all school children are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable, but hard enough to challenge them. It provides standards that measure how well children are doing in each subject so that teachers can plan to help them do better.
In Key stages 1 and 2 each year group has curriculum guidelines, which set out in detail the content for each subject based on the National Curriculum Subject Handbooks. The subjects include English, mathematics, art, music, design technology, physical education, information and communication technology, history and geography, science, and religious education.
The subject content for each year group, for religious education is based upon the Liverpool Diocese Framework for Religious Education.
In addition to the National Curriculum the school provides a wide range of visits and extra- curricular opportunities plus additional activities which include dance and drama. In English children are taught speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. We use a wide range of methods and materials for teaching reading including phonics and other excellent strategies.
Through the curriculum pupils learn the basic skills necessary to succeed in each subject and we use the curriculum to help them develop their personal and social skills.
Where children have special needs or disability we make provision for them so that they too can flourish.
We encourage children to be keen, enthusiastic, independent learners and we give them lots of opportunities to develop their inter-personal skills by working and cooperating with others. Through the curriculum we build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Each year in school builds on the previous year. We assess progress and achievement and we regularly report to parents about how well their children are doing.
If parents or others would like more details about our curriculum in each academic year group we will be pleased to show them the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, National Curriculum Subject Guidelines and our school curriculum schemes of work. Further details can also be found on many of our curriculum and class pages.