Early Years Foundation stage curriculum; age 4-5
Reception is the starting point for the inspirational educational journey that our pupils undertake as they move through the King’s foundation.
Our number one priority is the well-being and happiness of our pupils. Young children learn from everything that happens to them and around them and our children thrive on the opportunities offered. We aim to promote children’s natural curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking through fun, play-based tasks, which children can actively explore and develop.
Play is central to the children's activities and learning and is structured to provide them with the right balance of learning opportunities. As they become ready for more formal learning this is gradually introduced.
Key stage 1 curriculum; age 5-7
Year One and Year Two follow on from the Early Years Foundation Stage with an exciting creative curriculum that engages children’s imaginations and fosters the joy and enthusiasm to learn.
All subjects within the curriculum are interwoven into a creative topic which is changed every few weeks. Lessons in English, mathematics, science, art, history and geography, ICT are taught using ideas in keeping with the topic giving an over-riding theme. This ensures that the curriculum continues to inspire and excite the children.
French, music, and sports are taught by subject specialist teachers and are geared specifically to this age group. Lessons are fun and interactive ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to learn new skills, to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes and to want to keep on learning.
Small class sizes ensures that each child is supported and encouraged to challenge themselves and to become more independent in their learning.
Growth mindset within the curriculum
Throughout the academic year we ‘grow’ a learning tree. Children are encouraged to display specific personal qualities both towards their schoolwork and in their daily life at school; qualities such as perseverance, curiosity and creativity. They will be awarded a leaf to place on the tree if they continue to demonstrate these positive character traits. In this way we foster a growth mindset which will help the children throughout their education and indeed into their adult lives.
In-depth curriculum information
In the Pre-Preparatory Department, the children are set a daily activity, including reading, to complete at home.