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 ‘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 interestts 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 research.
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 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. At Lyndhurst we have developed our own Phonics Scheme based on letters and sounds. Click on the link to find out more.
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
At Lyndhurst, we believe the curriculum should inspire curiosity and fascination about all aspects of learning and lead to the children of Lyndhurst lifting their experiences and aspirations beyond that of the local area. We aim to prepare our children for all the challenges and that may lay ahead and equip them with the tools both social and academic to tackle these in order to improve their own lives and those of others. We aim to give them a rounded picture of the opportunities that they could take in their lives and how their learning will support them in achieving their goals
Our children and their families are the bedrock of our school’s community we aim to ensure they feel part of that community and that they take an active part in improving the lives of everybody within that community both locally and in the wider world.
We aim to do this by ensuring all aspects of the curriculum relate directly to the lives of our children and that they understand that how learning individual subjects is part of a wider bedrock of knowledge and skills which when put together benefits themselves and others.
We aim to ensure that they understand that you cannot learn on your own that you need to work together with others including their peers, teachers and all those around them and they can frequently be the inspiration for their own and others learning. They will learn that they may at times need support whilst at the same time they may need to support others. We are a learning community which thrives as one.
We aim to give our children a life-long love of learning by challenging them; inspiring them and supporting them throughout their lives.
For detailed information on what is being covered in each year group, please click on the link below or visit the class pages.