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Foundation Stage

Kingfishers Preschool and Mursley and Drayton Parslow Foundation Stage classes plan using the Early Learning Goals and cover the following areas of learning:

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication, Language and Literacy
    • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
    • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
    • Creative development
    • Physical development

The curriculum between 2 and 5 years is very practical and planned to cater for the children’s levels of maturity and concentration. The days are divided in adult led inputs and adult led or child initiated activities.  The children are assessed on entry and continuously throughout their time at Preschool and in the Foundation Stage. These assessments are mainly informal but do involve more formal assessments of letter sounds, words etc 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 spiritual 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.

English

English is broken into the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing. The children are encouraged to listen carefully and respond appropriately in a range of situations. They are all taught the skills and strategies they need to become fluent readers and to understand and enjoy reading. Clear and well-formed handwriting is encouraged from the outset. Children will experience writing for a wide range of purposes: factual, descriptive and imaginative - with the emphasis on communicating ideas and developing grammatical and correctly spelt English.

 Mathematics

The children are taught to become numerate and to understand and use mathematics in everyday life. They will learn how to solve mathematical problems using the concepts of number, place value, shape, spatial relationships and symmetry, using the appropriate language. 

 Science

Each term's work is based on a topic, in which science plays an important part. Children observe, classify and investigate the natural and man-made world. They are encouraged to become curious about the world around them, to ask questions and find answers by carrying out experiments and observations. They learn to explain and communicate their ideas and findings in writing, drawings and charts. We have a close relationship with the Royal Latin School in Buckingham and at various stages throughout the school the children are able to attend Science Fairs at other partner schools and, on occasion, visit the Royal Latin itself to help instil a real thirst for the scientific world!

 Personal, Social and Health Education

In PSHE, children learn about how they are growing and changing as individuals and as members of their family, school and community. We aim to enable children to explore their feelings and learn how to share and respect the feelings of other people as they grow and mature. We are keen to instill a sense of self confidence in all of our children and to help them to take responsibility for themselves and become more independent along the way. At the upper end of the school, we want to prepare them for their transfer to secondary school with support, care and encouragement. 

Information and Communication Technology

The world of technology is advancing all the time and with this in mind, we are constantly updating our ICT equipment and the provision of ICT education in school. We have Windows laptops linked to a central server loaded with Microsoft Office alongside a range of other educational software. All laptops are linked to colour printers and have internet connection. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and other ICT equipment is used in school including digital cameras, flipcams, webcams, Roamers and visualisers. Children are also taught skills in word processing, creating presentations in PowerPoint, finding information and data handling. We use this equipment and software during specific ICT lessons, but it is also regularly used to reinforce and develop learning in literacy, mathematics and other areas of the curriculum.

History and Geography

These subjects are taught as an integral part of topic work, so that apart from being taught in separate defined lessons, humanities subjects can also be taught alongside other subjects such as Literacy. We aim to develop in our children a strong sense of time and place, both past and present. The children learn about the recent and more distant past and how people’s lives have changed over time. The school, villages and surrounding area are studied to learn about homes, communities and the importance of caring for their environment. The children also learn about different kinds of localities and communities, learn to read and make maps and develop a geographical vocabulary.

 

 

 

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