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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.

 

A taste of the Autumn Term

 

Autumn 1 2017 EYFS—People who help us

This half term our topic is ‘People who help us’. Having consulted parents and children, we will be learning about people at home, in our schools and our environment, that have important responsibilities as well as how they help us in our lives! We will be visited by a vet, a doctor, a police officer and many more exciting people.We have an exciting Class Trip planned to St. Tiggywinklesto help us understand how people help animals. 

We will also be making sandwiches, talking about our favourite fillings, and will also link this to our maths topic of ‘Shapes in the environment!’  We will discuss different ways of staying healthy and safe, looking at some road signs and what they mean. We are very excited about using different media and materials to make maps and talk about our journeys to school. We will get messy making fire engines and police cars using junk modelling. There are a lot of exciting activities planned for introducing phonics and cursive writing. We look forward to a fun-filled half-term!

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. 

Year 1 and 2—Farm to Fork

This half term our topic is Farm to Fork.  In this exciting topic and we will be exploring where food comes from, both in the United Kingdom and around the world. Children will be using globes and maps, where they will look at our local area before moving on to the countries of the United Kingdom, Europe and on to the continents of the world. We have some very exciting activities planned including, a trip to a farm where we will see how the crops are sown and harvested, we may even get to have a tractor ride!  Later on in the term we will follow on with a trip to Tesco so that we can see the journey from Farm to Fork.

Year 3—Rainforests

Year 3 will be undertaking a journey into the depths of the Rainforest this term.  With more tension than the X Factor voting, we will be determining our own winner of the Rainforest - in terms of the tastiest food that it has to offer.  Will it be mango, paprika, pineapple, avocado or another rainforest delight? We shall be researching the vast range of plants and animals of the rainforest – with over half of the world’s plant and animal species residing there, we are spoilt for choice over which to learn about first!  In our role-play as members of the Yanomami tribe, we will record interviews for television, explaining about lifestyles and homes. We will become advocates for protecting the rainforest when we come to understand the devastating effects of deforestation and shall teach others to understand the impact it has on the ecosystem of the Earth as a whole. In Art we will be exploring the work of Henri Rousseau and the illustrator Kate Morgan to collect ideas for our own amazing watercolours. Arguably, the highlight of our topic will be our day spent inside a real rainforest, when we visit The Living Rainforest, in Berkshire, where this exciting learning environment contains 700 species of tropical rainforest plants and animals for us to explore. 

Year 4  - Roman Invasion

Come with us as we step back in time to learn about The Romans...where they came in history and the impact they had on our lives in Britain. We will be earning out about the invasion and conquest of Britain, the lives of Roman people and the mighty Roman   army. We will also be learning about how the people of the past influenced our lives and society today.

We will be weaving together English and History when we find out about Pompeii and learn to write diary entries based on the destruction of the city and then the re-discovery of the city. The children will have the opportunity to be creative, make Roman standards, shields, and use clay to make a replica Roman coin.

We are planning a fantastic Roman day, where the children spend the day as a Roman, exploring art, designing a menu and food tasting are among some of the ideas. We will also be taking part in a building workshop where we create a large Roman villa.                 

Year 5—Conflict (WW1 & WW2)

This term, Year 5 will be immersing themselves in our conflict topic, which will be focusing on WW1 and WW2. In our WW1 topic children will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the war began, the key figures associated with the war, trench life and some of the emotive literature written during this time. Through art we will be creating our own shoebox trench as well as looking in depth at the power of the propaganda used at the time. To enrich the experience, there will  be the opportunity for the pupils to visit a real trench and learn about aeronautical engineering at RAF Halton.

Moving onto WW2, the children will be using their knowledge of how WW1 ended to help them to understand how these events made WW2 possible. They will study the chronology of events which led to WW2 and learn about famous historical  moments such as: The Dunkirk rescue mission, the Blitz, Evacuation, and much more. There will be the  opportunity for pupils to problem solve together and put themselves in charge of national defence against enemy attack through a strategy exercise. Once again, the children will be able to fully engage in the Topic through being an evacuee for the day at Holdenby House.

Year 6—Natural World (Earthquakes & Volcanoes)

Year 6 are going to start off the year by going on a thrilling journey around the world. We will start with the freezing polar regions of Antarctica, before exploring the arid Sahara desert, via the sweltering heat of the tropics. Along the way, we will be exploring the climate and learning about the incredible plants and animals adapted to live in such extreme conditions. Not only will this help us develop our geography skills, it also provides a fantastic link to our science topic this term. Once we have learnt about the conditions of the various zones around the world, we will then continue our journey by venturing into the depths of the Earth. We will learn about the awesome power of our planet's natural forces as we find out about how volcanoes and earthquakes are formed.

In science, we will become fossil hunters like Mary Anning and will trace the steps of  Darwin as he sailed off to the Galapagos, exploring his theory of natural selection. If our topics weren't exciting enough this term, we have also planned to go to the Natural History Museum in London where we will  make our own volcanoes and try to save a town from catastrophe! We will also get to experience what an earthquake would feel like and will come face to face with dinosaurs. Who knows, we might also find we have some volcanic activity near the school grounds and may even experience an earthquake in class.

 

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