Early Years learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment.
In the EYFS we have a caring team, which includes full-time teachers, Early Years Educators and Teaching Assistants. We focus on ensuring that children settle quickly and build positive relationships with those around them whilst enjoying their learning experiences.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning.
Within the Nursery we have a caring team, which includes full-time teachers, Early Years Educators and Teaching Assistants. We focus on ensuring that children settle quickly and have a smooth transition into Reception.
Children are encouraged to explore, enquire and to take risks in an interactive hand-on environment. We encourage children to take ownership of their learning experiences. We ensure that there is highly stimulating provision in place to further their learning both in the indoor and outdoor environments.
The National Curriculum is used as a basis for children in Years 1 to 6. The primary curriculum includes the core areas of learning and experience which are essential to the child’s development.
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Children in EYFS are taught through the 7 areas of learning. Their learning throughout these seven areas is extremely play based and teachers are constantly adapting their planning as well as the children learning environment to make sure the children are learning through topics that engage and excite them.
The 7 areas of learning are:
PSED- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Through this area children develop their sense of self identity within the classroom. They learn to share and work as part of a class or group and begin to understanding similarities and differences between people in their local community.
CL- Communication and Language
Through this area children learn and develop a range of speaking and listening skills. They develop the ability to be able to sit and focus on an activity for an extended period of time as well as being able to make comments on stories they read and discussions they have with adults as well as their peers.
This is the area in which children learn to read and write. There is a large emphasis on phonics to support children with their early reading and writing and they are offered daily reading and writing carpet sessions with their whole class as well as smaller target groups where they will work on, pen grip, handwriting and sentence structure. Children are also read with 1-1 once a week with an adult to develop all of their reading skills including recognising HFW’s as well as being able to discuss what they have read or has been read to them.
This is the area in which children develop a wide range of maths skills, including counting, adding, subtracting as well as gaining a good knowledge of shape, measuring, time and distance. Children have access to daily maths activities as well as daily maths carpet sessions as well as target groups.
UW- Understanding the World
It is through this area of learning that children develop their understanding of their local community as well as the wider world around them. Children will learn about different cultures, beliefs and religions through celebrating many festivals. They will also learn about the different jobs people have and will have many visitors come and talk to them, including local firemen, policemen, vets and doctors.
EAD- Expressive art and design
This is the area in which children develop a wide range of creative skills, not just drawing and painting but also dance, drama and music. All children in EYFS have a weekly half hour music lesson with one of the specialist music teachers from our music team.
PD- Physical development
This area focused on children’s developments of their fine and gross motor control. Children take part in weekly hour long PE lessons where they practise changing in their PE kit and develop skills for playing in a team and understanding the rules of a game. Children will also develop their fine motor skills such a treading and handwriting through a physical development focus.
Children in EYFS have access to indoor and outdoor learning at all times of the year so we encourage parents to ensure that have the correct clothing to facilitate this, hats, coats and gloves as well as wellies in the winter and sun hats and water bottles during the summer.
Towards the end of their time in EYFS children will be taken out on a school trip which they always look forward to, however throughout their year in Reception children will visit their local shops and park to investigate the world around them.
All children in our EYFS classes have their own profiles in which adults keep outstanding records of their learning in school through photographs and observations as well as samples of the work they have produced. Parents are encourage to share these folders with their children at parents evenings but also during parents into reading sessions which take place every Friday morning.
Parents into reading is a great chance for parents to join their children in the classroom to engage in reading and sometimes writing activities as well as to share their profiles.
COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
All teachers at the Camelot Primary School are committed to ensuring that children make outstanding progress in Literacy. The New Curriculum 2014 has been tailored by our staff to provide engaging and creative opportunities for children to question, imagine and to reflect critically on their ideas and actions. The curriculum encompasses several areas which develop children’s ability to read, write and organise their ideas orally. A more in depth programme of study has been developed to teach children key skills in the areas of spelling and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. In line with the new guidance, key skills are now taught earlier, starting in KS1, objectives for grammar and spelling are more specific and the content is more advanced. Formative assessment is used to track progress and a range of interventions are available to support learners.
At Camelot Primary School we believe that reading is the best gift that you could give your child. We have tailored a policy to support all children in their learning of reading and to inspire children to become life-long readers. One of the aims of English in the new National Curriculum is to ‘develop [pupils’] love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment’. This is to be achieved by ensuring that they ‘develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information’.
We provide the children with opportunities to:
Spoken Language and Drama
The Camelot Primary School firmly believes that meaningful talk helps children make fantastic progress in both reading and writing, as well as other areas of the curriculum. Speaking and listening is essential in supporting children to develop and organise their ideas. We also value drama, providing children with opportunities to grow in confidence and independence. It is not only an interesting and exciting subject, but a dynamic and exciting part of the Primary Curriculum. At Camelot Primary School, we use drama across all our subjects in an innovative and kinaesthetic way, allowing children of all ages to tap into their creativity, explore new concepts and contribute to their imagination.
Children are given opportunities to:
Across the Federation, teachers strive to promote an engaging and creative writing environment. Camelot Primary School believes that great readers become great writers and so teachers choose extremely high quality and stimulating texts as a basis for writing. Quality first planning ensures children are challenged to become more confident and adventurous writers. Pupils become familiar with a range of text types and their features so that within these structures, children can begin the exploration of language and structure. Once fully immersed in the story, the text becomes a tool to explore ideas about plot (such as alternative endings), characterisation, setting, themes or use of language. Class discussions give a context to grammar and syntax, which subsequently helps to develop and enrich pupils’ own writing skills. By exposing our children to a wide bank of stories, we are helping to generate interesting ideas from them. Responses to these texts also produce strong speaking and listening skills including drama and oral story telling.
We provide children with a range of experiences and give opportunities to:
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Children’s Independent Learning Opportunities
All teachers at the Camelot Primary School have an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in maths. Outstanding teaching is underpinned by the new methodical curriculum, 2014, which continues to raise standards. The curriculum covers number, measurement, geometry and in KS2, statistics. This is supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster a deep knowledge and understanding. To ensure children become skilful with numbers, mental maths is an important part of each maths lesson. The children practise and recall number facts at speed through playing fun games and singing songs. Lessons include whole class, group and individual work. Children spend time practising written calculation methods as well as being challenged through rich and sophisticated problems. The children are assessed regularly so that intervention support can be put in place, where necessary.
The children will develop their skills as they continue through the school in the following areas:
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is to ensure that pupils develop a basic understanding of key mathematical skills to be developed further along the key stages. All of the children are assessed in two areas; Shape, Space and Measure and Number. Through extensive teaching and independent learning opportunities children develop skills such as sharing, halving, capacity, distance, time, 2D and 3D shapes along with number sentence writing. The children have opportunities to explore a range of mathematical resources including Numicon and counting objects.
Key Stage 1
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals and the four operations. The children will continue to use practical resources including Numcion and counting objects to ensure that they have a deep understanding before moving onto abstract resources including number lines and 100 squares.
Lower Key Stage 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. By the age of nine, all children will be expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12.
Upper Key Stage 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. The children can then begin to choose the most efficient method to solve problems.
The children have the opportunity to take part in a national competition including the annual Primary Maths Challenge organised by the Mathematical Association. The children are excited to compete against other schools in the competition. Have a go at the Primary maths problems live on line! www.m-a.org.uk/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=259
Across all schools the children are invited to take part in the Monthly Maths Challenge for the chance to win a prize! With different problems for KS1 and KS2, all children have the opportunity to have a go
To support children with learning their times tables, we organise a clubs across the federation. These clubs are fun, often active, and give children time to practice their times tables. The children play games and sing songs to help them have a fast recall of times tables. By the age of nine, all children will be expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. Have a go at practicing your times tables online! http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
These are exciting times at the Camelot Primary School as we have fully taken on board the New Science Curriculum since September 2014. Pupils are taught science twice a week by their class teacher who has carefully planned engaging and challenging sessions in collaboration with their colleagues across the Federation. We use the “Rising Stars” scheme of work as a guide to support our planning.
As science is a core subject, our aim is for children to find ways to develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences. We want to give the children the knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm to develop an awareness of the role and the importance of science in everyday life. We actively encourage children to carry out their own investigations, experiments and take part in scientific discovery.
As a Federation we are well resourced with the most up to date equipment and technology. To maximise learning, Science is taught separately and also through cross curricular links. The children are taken on school trips to supplement their science learning in class. In addition we have a dedicated Science Fun Day each year where the children have the opportunity to spend the whole day exploring one aspect of science through a variety of engaging activities.
This is a dynamic time for Computing at Camelot Primary School. The new national curriculum has included many changes in this subject area, which are exciting for teachers and children alike. The subject of ‘ICT’ previous taught, has changed to ‘Computing’. This encompasses Digital Literacy, Programming and Information Technology. The curriculum is delivered through all subjects, which gives children wide- ranging opportunities to practise new skills. All sites have access to technology including Ipads, laptops, cameras, and beebots. We are also developing our infra-structure for the management, security and storage of children’s work. The Computing Faculty regularly check and update the resources on all sites.
Programming in the Early Years is taught through practical exploration using tools such as Beebots, which children can operate using simple programs. These programs increase in complexity as children move through Key Stage 1. Children’s understanding of programming is also developed through using Ipad apps such as Daisy the Dinosaur, Puppet Pals and Kodable. Through Key Stage 2 children use more complex apps such as A.L.E.X and Lightbot. In upper Key Stage 2 children move on to using a programming package called Scratch. This allows them to create animations and program their own games. All apps are available either for free or very little cost from the App Store, and can be used on a range of Apple technologies. Also, please check out www.scratch.mit.edu to see the kinds of work which we can make with this software.
Digital Literacy teaches children to use a wide range of hardware and software, including cameras, audio and video recording equipment, email, Ipads and PCs. Children are encouraged to make their own selections about how, when and why to use technology to achieve a desired outcome. Running throughout our teaching is E-Safety. This is taught discretely when studying topics such as email or internet searching, and continually reinforced through our PHSCE teaching. For more information, or to talk with your child about E-Safety see www.kidsmart.org.uk.
The Information Technology strand is very similar to the old curriculum. Children are taught to use a variety of software packages to present information, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Children are also now able to use a wider range of digital media to present information, such as recorded presentations, creating websites, or the use of apps such as Book Creator and Explain Everything.
This is a continually evolving curriculum area.
Camelot Primary School places great emphasis on the creative arts by the effective integration of the arts through the creative curriculum, which links with topics studied across all year groups and key stages. We take great pride in all our learning environments, which is evident in the stunning art displays in hallways and classrooms that teachers create across all of our schools in order to inspire our pupils.
The highlight of the academic year is Global Arts Day; this prolific day involves all children and adults across the federation taking part in mixed age art and performing arts workshops. Children have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting art activities such as mosaics, printing, drawing, textiles and performing arts such as dance, music and drama, all led by highly skilled staff.
Across the academic year, children have the opportunity to work with a range of specialists on art projects. In addition, we have our own specialist TAs as well as strong links with local secondary schools, with which we collaborate to allow children the opportunity to work with new media and artistic styles.
Art is carefully built into every creative curriculum topic from nursery to year 6. Projects within the curriculum link to topics being studied and artistic skills are developed year by year. Examples of topics include painting and mark making in the Early Years, and charcoal drawing in year 5. Educational visits to galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Foundling Museum further enrich children’s experiences in this curriculum area.
A greater focus on dance is being implemented in the summer term of 2015, which will see a link between our schools and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Dance specialists from the conservatoire will teach children new dance styles, developing their confidence and dance skills.
As a subject, PE goes beyond the realms of just keeping fit by being an integral part of a child’s development. At the Camelot Primary School we believe that participation in all physical education activities helps children to develop self-esteem and interpersonal skills, thus building on key life skills. We teach a variety of sports with the aim to engage and inspire all interests and abilities. We provide a well-balanced programme of physical education spanning from Gymnastics to Handball.
The Government have recently introduced new funding to support PE in Primary Schools through the ‘Primary PE and Sport Premium’. At Camelot Primary School we have decided to use this funding to bring in specialist support from Moving Matters to help train and develop class teachers so that the delivery of PE is of the highest standard across all sites. Through Moving Matters and other outside agencies we aim to provide opportunities for progression for gifted and talented pupils in the form of competitions, after-school clubs and holiday clubs.
We have always been keen to create links with local secondary schools. Recently, new links with Dulwich College have been initiated and we are looking to develop these further. Every year we have an inter-federation Sports Day, which in recent years has been hosted at Crystal Palace Stadium. We also fully embrace Keeping Healthy Week each year and provide both in school and out-of-school activities for all year groups. During Year 4 and Year 5 all pupils receive a total of 1 year of weekly 30 minute swimming lessons at a local leisure centre delivered by fully qualified coaches.
The new National Curriculum has a much greater focus on competitive sports and being physically active. Pupils will also be taught about the long-term health benefits of physical activity. The new focus on competitive sport aims to end the prize-for-all culture, build character and embed values such as fairness and respect, while giving all children the opportunities to be fit and healthy through physically demanding exercise and sport.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
Key Stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
Every year the Living and Growing/Growing Up element of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme is delivered for each year group.
The aim of teaching children in primary school is to support children’s life-long journey of learning about their physical, moral and emotional development, looking at attitudes and values, and developing personal and social skills. All of the lessons are in keeping with the school’s ethos and beliefs.
It is important to note that the main biological part of Living and Growing is covered through the compulsory science curriculum:
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
Key Stage 2 (Years 3- 6)
We work closely with June Fraser, who is a specialist in this area and she delivers a number of the lessons from Year 3 – 6. We inform parents when the lessons will be taking place so that parents can follow up with the learning at school.
We recognise that parents/carers are the key educators in a child’s relationship education and we therefore like to give every opportunity for them to be involved in this process. We make the materials available in the school office to view them in school individually prior to the lessons being delivered. We also arrange parent drop-in sessions so that parents/carers are able to speak with June Fraser and/or a member of the Keeping Healthy Faculty or Senior Leadership Team about the content being delivered and the approach taken to the delivery of this content.
* The materials are available to be viewed by individual families so as to inform decisions specific to an individual child. These materials cannot be copied or taken off school premises.
* Parents/Carers have the right to withdraw their child from those elements of Living and Growing Up that are not included in the National Science Curriculum. We would also like to stress that although parents/carers have the right to withdraw their child, this needs to be an individual decision specific to their own child through liaising with the school.