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The Foundation Stage

Kingfishers Preschool and Mursley and Drayton Parslow Foundation Stage classes plan using the Early Learning Goals.

The curriculum between 2 and 5 years is play based and carefully planned to cater for the children's individual needs and interests. There is a balance between adult led and child initiated activities. The children are assessed on entry and tracked continuously throughout their time at Preschool and in the Foundation Stage. At the end of Foundation Stage assessments are made against the Early Learning Goals. Assessments are mainly based on observations of children engaged in self-chosen activities but do involve more formal assessments of developing literacy and mathematics skills as age appropriate.

 

Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum

We firmly believe that the children are the most important part of our school. We therefore aim to provide a child centred, stimulating environment in which they can follow their interests and develop skills and knowledge that will help them grow and mature to participate fully in their future lives. We aim to provide a sense of security through clearly stated expectations of work and behaviour; an environment that is organised, comfortable and structured and an atmosphere that is caring and considerate. Learning should be relevant to children's experiences and interests whilst broadening their knowledge and providing challenges. 

 To this end the school's curriculum helps children to:

-          develop lively and enquiring minds

-          learn to ask questions and express their opinions

-          apply themselves to intellectual and physical tasks

-          acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to life in a changing and challenging world

-          become literate, numerate and articulate

-          develop moral and spirtual values

-          understand and respect the cultures and religions of other ethnic groups

-          gain knowledge and an understanding of the world in which they live.  

All curriculum areas are planned and delivered in accordance with the National Curriculum or Foundation Stage Curriculum and agreed school and Local Authority policies. 

We also recognise that children are individuals. They develop at different rates and so their needs vary as they progress through the school. Children's progress is constantly assessed and reviewed in order to ensure that they are working at an appropriate level for their stage of development and lessons are planned and delivered according to every child's needs. 

 

A taste of the Spring Term 2018 

 KingFishers (Pre-School)

Our exciting new topic is The World Around Us. We will be starting this topic by learning about each  others families, the languages we speak, the foods we eat and the different traditions we have. We hope to be able to taste and cook some new and exciting foods, try on some clothing worn in countries around the world and learn some songs sung in other countries. We will also be exploring the world outside of our families, our local environment and looking at people that help us when we are out and about. We have some exciting trips planned, which we hope to give you more information on soon. 

Mrs Hall (KingFishers Pre-School Leader)

 

Drayton Parslow and Mursley (Key Stage 1)

EYFS—Superheroes!

Monday was the exciting launch day for our new topic – ‘Superheroes!’ We came to school dressed up and had fun setting up our Superhero HQ and making masks and accessories. We even made a city scene and took ‘magic’ pictures of everyone flying above the sky-scrapers! While enjoying the fun, we hope that this topic will help the children to develop their self-confidence, social skills and growth – mindset. A major part of our topic will focus on how we can help others, what makes us special and our individual strengths. We will be designing our own superhero characters, thinking about qualities they might need and making vehicles, dens and costumes. We will be meeting some real-life superheroes in the community and planning some special fund-raising to become real-life superheroes ourselves!

Mrs Smuts and Mrs Sandmann

 

 Year 1 and 2—Communication

In Year 1 and 2 we will be developing an understanding of communication past and present. We will be finding out about the range of ways people communicate, in the present day and throughout history. We will be understanding the use and role of messengers, both humans and animals, and the important part they have played throughout history. Children will also discover  different methods of  communication including telegrams, Morse code, postal services, emails as well as focussing on the inventors Alexander Graham-Bell and Tim Berners-Lee. We will be visiting the MK Museum to have a ‘hands on’ opportunity to experience different forms of communication.

Mrs McClean-Hall, Mrs Martin, Mrs Wheeldon, Mrs Chapman-Hill and Ms Rolls. 

 

Swanbourne (Key Stage 2)

Year 3—The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. 

Year 3 will be travelling back in history this term to learn about The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.  We will be finding out what it entails to be an archaeologist and shall complete our own archaeological dig before considering what we could learn from the objects we unearth. We shall research some of the famous historical sites around the UK and their significance, for example, Star Carr, Skara Brae, Stonehenge and the different areas where cave paintings have been discovered.  In producing Stone Age Safari Guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the animals that roamed the land during prehistoric times.  We will discover homes from the period and become estate agents when we try to sell them!  Our “I’m a child, get me out of here!” theme will lead us to think about the various skills needed for survival and once prepared, we will take up the role of hunter-gatherers with our spears on the playground.  Hopefully we will find something tasty enough to eat by the end of the hunt!  In addition, this section of the topic will include looking at the tools used for hunting and creating our own adverts for promoting those that were introduced during this period. 

Mrs Goodman, Mrs Page and Mrs Hill

 

Year 4—Rivers and Mountains

In Year 4 we will be turning into Geographers. We will be spending the Spring term learning about Rivers and mountains. We will start off our project be developing our knowledge of the UK, Europe and the World by learning names and locations of some of the major rivers, practising the skills needed to use an atlas efficiently.

We will learning about the journey of a river from source to mouth and the names of many of   specific parts. We will be developing our research and presentation skills by creating an informative leaflet about a major world river.

The second half of the term we will be focusing on Mountains and Mountain Ranges of the world. Again, there is a strong focus on map work. We will also be considering the impact mountain ranges have on tourism. The children will also be linking English and Geography by finding out and writing biographies about people for whom mountaineering has given them a place in history.

In art the children will be working on a printing project with Mrs Archer – using rivers and water as a creative theme.

Mrs Fisher

 

Year 5—Coasts

This term, Year 5 will be learning about Coasts. Children will be developing their geographical skills by: recapping the water cycle, locating  different types of coastal land formations around the UK, discussing why people settle on the coasts and looking at coastal business and trade.

On top of this, we will delve into how our coast has been shaped by erosion over the years and how humans are looking to protect it in the future through use of sea defences. This unit will enable children to ask questions about the geography of our country and to also make some historical links. 

Mr Mitchell

 

Year 6—Legacies, Inventions and Achievements

Year 6 will be travelling back in history this term to learn about legacies, inventions and achievements throughout the history of man-kind. We will be finding out about the Ancient Greeks, Tudor explorers and the origins of language.

Through use of resources and recounts, we will be discovering how medicines have helped shape health and well-being through the ages, as well as deepening our understanding of Victorian engineering and the inventions that were created  during this era. We will be able to use our understanding from these different time periods to show how the achievements of humans have help shape the modern world as we know it today.  

Mrs Featherston

 

Designated Person for Child Protection is the Headteacher, Ms Carol-Anne McCollum

Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection are Deputy Head Mr David May, Assistant Headteacher Mrs Heidi Martin and Mrs Rebecca Chapman-Hill