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Our Early Years Curriculum
At Maylandsea Primary School, we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing the solid foundations that children are going to build upon. It is our intent that the children who enter our early years setting will develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding positive attitudes towards school and learning. All children deserve to be valued as individuals and we are passionate about allowing all our children to achieve their full, unique potential. We recognise that children develop at different rates and it is our role as educators to guide them along their own learning path. In our Reception class, children follow the national Early Years Curriculum which encompasses seven main areas of learning-
The Prime Areas:-
The Specific Areas:-
Children's learning is practical and playful with lots of support and challenge from adults throughout our class sessions, our small group sessions and working with individuals. There is a combination of adult-led, teacher taught sessions as well as a wealth of stimulating, continuous provision opportunities.
We ensure that our children are assessed continuously, through accurate and careful observations. These assessments provide us with information for future planning and help us identify children’s individual next steps in learning. Assessments help us, as practitioners, to ensure that learning is embedded and that all the children continue to make the best possible progress.
Mathematics - progression of learning skills
History - progression of learning skills
At Maylandsea Primary School history education is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for history by:
Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
History has a wide application to everyday life, teaching children to enjoy learning about the past and to develop a better understanding of the society in which they live.
Our approach is underpinned by the desire:
Music - progression of learning skills
At Maylandsea Primary School, we provide a high quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our aim is to provide a music education that engages pupils, inspires them to develop a love of music, and nurtures their talents as musicians.
Through our scheme (Charanga Musical School), pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. We also provide the opportunity for pupils to learn a musical instrument (guitar, piano) or join a band (Rocksteady).
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and can appreciate the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
All children take part in weekly singing lessons which contribute to our Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Live performances provide opportunities for children to share their work in music with parents, and to perform in front of an audience.
At Maylandsea Primary school, we help all children to develop an understanding of the place that they hold in society and in groups within society such as families, school, clubs etc. We aim to enable children to understand their own bodies and how to keep safe and healthy and to encourage a growing sense of self-worth and self-responsibility towards keeping themselves safe and healthy and to build meaningful and happy relationships with others within these groups.
We use The Jigsaw scheme of work and we make meaningful links with other subjects of the curriculum.
We teach children about their rights and responsibilities. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community through participation in clubs, sporting activities, school council and other activities within and outside the school. Through this, they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
Our objectives in the teaching of PSHE and citizenship are;