Our curriculum responds to the needs and experiences of our children through challenging, inspiring and engaging them with what matters; and most importantly it prepares children for the future.
We recognise that the right beginning sets the children on a positive path through their whole education.
In this stage the children learn through practical experience and a wide range of structured play activities both in the classroom and in our outdoor learning area.
There are seven areas of learning and development at this age the prime areas being
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, social and emotional development
We also support the children in four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. These areas are literacy, mathematics, understanding the world plus expressive arts and design.
Key Stages 1
In the September following their fifth birthday, children enter Key Stage 1. At this stage we begin to introduce a more formal emphasis on the child's education, whilst still valuing practical experiences. Structured play activities are encouraged as part of the learning at this stage.
The National Curriculum for each subject is delivered using a cross curricular approach making connections between the subjects. This makes the learning more meaningful and very enjoyable.
In our own planning formats we use the term Lower Phase when referring to Key Stage 1.
Key Stage 2
The children enter Key Stage 2 in the September following their seventh birthday and the cross curricular approach continues for all subjects in the National Curriculum. As they move through the
year groups they are encouraged to develop independent learning strategies and take on more responsibility for their own learning. These skills are very important as they lay the foundations for a
lifelong learning experience.
Key Stage 2 is divided into Middle Phase, which is years 3 and 4, and Upper Phase, which is years 5 and 6.
Our aim is that by the time the children leave us they will have developed a passion for learning and have the skills they need to make the best possible start in their secondary education.
Download our Curriculum Documents below:
Earls Colne Primary School & Nursery
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