Primary Department

Saplings Curriculum offer

In Saplings class we put the needs of the individual child at the heart of the curriculum planning. We endeavour to make the learning exciting, engaging and personal to each child.

For the children in Reception, the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) is followed and our practice (across the whole class group) is shaped by the four guiding principles of the EYFS that state that:

  • 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.
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

For those children in Key Stage 1, we carefully build upon the provision in EYFS and some children will follow elements of the National Curriculum.

All children have individual reading. Some children have individualised reading books which key into their special interests. Other children use reading scheme books: The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and Songbirds.

The Primary Curriculum offer

The needs of the individual child continue to be at the heart of the curriculum planning throughout the primary classes.  We aim to provide a curriculum that allows our children to be successful learners who are able to learn at their own pace through exploration and discovery.  It is engaging because we personalise it to meet the interests and learning styles of our children.

Our children are encouraged to develop their skills through individual, small group and 1:1 teaching. We also believe strongly on providing opportunities for outdoor learning and access to real life experiences to ensure that learning can be generalised across all situations. This allows our children the opportunity to learn about the world around them and creates opportunities for an exciting and relevant education

We follow a modified curriculum based on the National Curriculum.  This ensures every child has access to a broad and balanced curriculum, within which the programmes of study for English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Humanities, Music and Physical Education are considered.  Computing and Design and Technology are embedded within other subjects rather than being stand-alone and RE and languages are taught as “special days” throughout the year.  Individual targets are embedded into daily planning, to ensure every child is given the opportunity to make progress towards the outcomes within their Education Health and Care plans.

All children continue to have individual reading, using books from The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, Songbirds or self-chosen books.

The primary curriculum, delivered through topics, themes and discrete core subjects aims to; develop skills in communication and interaction; build relationships; develop independence; ensure meaningful skills are acquired and prepare children for their next stage.

Information regarding the Primary Curriculum, including topics, themes, specific skills and ideas for parents to work on at home, are sent home termly as a ‘topic cloud’.