The school is organised into three distinct ‘key stages’ which are all part of Primary Education. When the children first arrive at school they begin in the Early Years Foundation Stage (4 and 5 year olds at this school) before moving on to Key Stage One (Infants) and then Key Stage Two (Juniors). We have a dedicated teaching team of Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants, who form the key stage teams.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ 2012 sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. There are seven areas of learning and development that are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development.
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design
EYFS Curriculum Delivery: Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play.
The statutory early learning goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the EYFS (The Early Learning Goals). The assessment scheme for children in the Foundation year at school is called the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and its aim is to reflect the learning and progress of children throughout their first year in school. The profile comprises information built up over the year through observations of your child.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
From Years 1 to 6, we follow the New National Curriculum, offering a broad diet of knowledge, skills and concepts which aim to capture the children’s interest and propel them forward in their learning. Subjects are often woven together into imaginative topics and themes, developing an enriched curriculum based on learning experiences and higher level thinking skills.
The New National Curriculum was introduced and fully implemented in September 2015 and is organised into Core and Foundation Subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science. The Foundation Subjects are Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education and Computing. In KS2 children also study a Foreign Language which in our school if French. Religious Education is a statutory subject and is taught throughout the school from Foundation to Year 6.
There will be regular assessments against the new curriculum which will inform teaching and learning. This will show where children are experiencing greatest success and where extra help and support is needed and will enable us to target our resources most effectively. We track children's attainment across individual units of work in reading, writing, maths and science. We also carry out termly assessments which provide us with an age standardised score for each children in which a score of 100 represents the average.
All of the schools in the Ottery Local Learning Community feel strongly that a joint approach to assessment is vital for our children. All of the primary schools (Feniton, Payhembury, Tipton St John, West Hill and ourselves) are the main feeder schools for The King's School. It therefore makes sense that we follow a similar approach so that the children can be effectively tracked and supported when they reach Year 7. We are working on a joint approach to assessment and will keep parents informed as this develops. We are aiming to have our new system fully in place for September 2015. Further details can be found in our joint statement which can be found here.