Early Years Foundation - Reception
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the reception year.
It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. The EYFS has four themes.
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
Within the theme of learning and development there are seven areas. All areas are connected to one another and are equally important.
The seven areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The provision of the curriculum ensures that children experience a full range of learning opportunities including child initiated, teacher directed and group learning. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors.
Reading and writing are taught through the use of synthetic phonics (Jolly Phonics letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree).
Pupil's are assessed throughout their time in the foundation stage through observations, conversations and photographs. Parents, staff and the pupil's themselves all contribute to the assessment process. In the Nursery class the developmental phases are used for assessment purposes and the Foundation Stage Profile (FSP) in reception.
Key Stage 1 (KS1)- Year 1 and 2
The pupils in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship.
The transition from Reception to Year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where Year 1 learn through play and have daily access to outside activities which continues to use the principles of the EYFS to develop the child’s learning and social development.
Year 1 teachers use the FSP to build an accurate picture of pupil’s learning and progress and then move on to the National Curriculum assessment levels. All learning and teaching in KS1 is based on termly themes with pupil's exploring subject knowledge through an overarching topic.
English and Mathematics are taught daily and pupil's also receive daily guided reading sessions. Literacy is taught across the phase through the Literacy Frameworks.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics (Jolly Phonics letters and sounds) and supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star).
Pupils who are gifted and talented, and those with Additional Educational Needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Pupils needing further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our HLTA.
At the end of KS1 the pupils are assessed to report their National Curriculum attainment levels in speaking and listening, reading, writing, mathematics and science.
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Year 3-6
In KS2 all pupils continue to be taught the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship.
PE lessons are being taught by specialist teachers from the secondary phase. Mathematics and English are taught daily and there are two hours per week of Science and PE. In English, key texts are taught throughout each year to ensure coverage of a full range of genres and skills.
Pupils who are gifted and talented and those with AEN are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Those who need further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our team of HLTAs.
Knights Temple Grove, as part of Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy, is a specialist sports school.
A key part of this specialisim is the access to specialist teaching and coaching. Participation in sport and the achievement of excellent standards boosts self-esteem, sets high aspirations for our pupils, inspires fellow pupils and adds greatly to the ethos of the Academy.