Our school caters for children from Reception to Year Four.
The children start school in the September after their fourth birthday and leave to start Middle School in the September following their ninth birthday.
Children are in classes with children from one year band, and occasionally from two year bands.
Our Curriculum - Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)
The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum and the National Curriculum.
The EYFS is divided into seven areas:
- Communication and Language (CL)
- Physical Development (PD)
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- Literacy (LY)
- Mathematics (MA)
- Understanding of the World (UTW)
- Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
Years 1 - 4
We follow the National Curriculum for all subject areas along with other local guidance where applicable (e.g. the Diocese of St. Albans Agreed Syllabus for RE). We also use the Inspire Curriculum to support the delivery of the majority of our 'foundation subjects' e.g. History, Geography, Design Technology and Science. Please have a look at our KS1 and KS2 Curriculum pages for more information.
Phonics teaching is based on Letters and Sounds and a variety of reading schemes are used including Oxford Reading Tree.
Some subjects are taught separately and some are taught in a linked way in meaningful topics. Some subjects are taught daily, some weekly and some in blocks.
All lessons have clear learning objectives and teaching is differentiated in order to meet individual needs. Children have learning targets and assessment is on-going to adjust targets and individual plans as appropriate.
The curriculum is enhanced through topic teaching, following children's ideas and interests and encouraging independent learning. Educational visits and events in school also enhance the curriculum and create memorable experiences for the children.