At Inspire Academy, our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff are passionate about early childhood development and education.
O Our approach to delivering the statutory EYFS curriculum is to balance formal, teacher led input with opportunities for pupils to extend and embed their learning in an ‘Independent Learning’ context.
During the teacher led sessions, children work with an adult to complete activities set at an appropriate level for their ability.
During independent learning time, children are encouraged to explore different learning areas both indoors and outdoors, where activities are set up for them to access without direct adult teaching.
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
These areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design opportunities for pupils to extend and embed their learning in an ‘Independent Learning’ context.
The prime areas of Physical Development, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development are embedded and developed in every part of school life including in the classroom,
during assemblies, in the canteen and at break times.
All adults in the school are trained to encourage pupils’ development in these areas during any interaction throughout the school day.
The specific areas of Writing, Reading, Numeracy and Shape, Space and Measure are taught relatively formally through teacher led input. In September, this starts with short sessions and builds up to longer
sessions as the year progresses.
Our EYFS is very much a part of the whole school and the children integrate with our older pupils on a daily basis, so that they are well prepared for transition into Key Stage 1.
Key Stage 1 Curriculum Overview
Underpinned by the National Curriculum our curriculum ensures that essential key skills are taught across a broad and balanced range of subjects. Additionally we feel it is important to respond to children’s
interests and needs and so from time to time we may ‘tweak’ our provision to allow for children’s interests to feed into their learning and work.
The curriculum is delivered through an effective combination of teacher delivery, pupil interaction, teacher led activities and pupils’ active learning. Cross curricular thematic learning is incorporated where
possible to add fluidity to pupils’ learning and homework is presented at an appropriate level for each year group and consists of consolidation and practice of classroom learning and/or opportunities for home
The teaching of English and Maths basic skills is a thread throughout all subjects and classroom activities provide opportunities for the application of these skills. Active learning and practical based investigation
within all subjects is encouraged wherever possible to increase pupils’ sense of awe and wonder and to promote positive learning behaviours and responsibility for self-development.As pupils progress through
Key Stage 2 the prevalence of open ended tasks will become greater in order to challenge thinking and to prepare pupils for secondary education.
We teach reading through systematic phonics as well as a wealth of opportunities to explore a wide range of literature and develop comprehension and love of reading.
Where children have gaps in learning, staff work closely with them through additional support and interventions in order to close those gaps and improve ability and confidence for all children.
Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview
For detailed information on what is being covered in each year group, please click on the link below or visit the class pages.