In Early Years we use the popular Read Write Inc. scheme to provide a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy and to encourage children to develop their reading skills. The School Inspection Service report in 2014 noted the rapid progress that our children make in phonics.
Using the Abacus Mathematics scheme, our children learn quickly to develop their numeracy skills.
We incorporate all relevant aspects of the new Early Years Curriculum in Art, Craft, Movement, Music and Science. Information technology is introduced into the curriculum in Kindergarten, encouraging the children to learn and enjoy computer skills. Children enjoy learning outdoors in our Forest School environment, Physical Education in the Sports Hall and there are weekly trips for swimming at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Music, drama and physical activity play important roles in the school. Children have the opportunity to take individual music lessons and to perform in a variety of school productions and class assemblies either in the Performance Studio or Performance Garden to mark special events in the calendar year. There is a wide range of sporting activities and a full programme of extra-curricular clubs and activities to meet all interests.
In Reception, we set a small amount of homework that usually involves reading and preparing for Show and Tell.
In Kindergarten children are encouraged to read for a short time at home