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Building Excellence for our children

Our mission is to ensure that our children are well educated, know how to stay safe and healthy and are able to participate as active, thoughtful members of present and future society.

  • Excellence in educational standards: We are driven by the moral imperative to ensure that our pupils receive the highest quality education to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge. We seek to provide a rich curriculum experience that aspires to academic, artistic and athletic excellence.
  • Personal Excellence: We recognise that the best education is as much about developing young people’s character strengths and virtues. We have the highest aspirations for every individual as they learn and grow with us. We value respect and consideration for others, equal opportunities, hard work and fair discipline.  We seek to develop skillful, curious and independent learners; foster individual resilience, confidence, and a strong sense of identity underpinned by integrity and responsibility, so that they are prepared to contribute positively to the communities and world that they belong to.

Early Years                                                                                                                                                          

Our approach is underpinned by The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development.  At The Radstone, children in the Early Years will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Prime Areas

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

1. Communication and language: listening, attention, understanding and speaking.

2. Physical development: moving, handling, health and self-care.

3. Personal, social and emotional development: self-confidence, self- awareness, managing feelings, behaviour and making relationships

We recognise that these prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

Specific Areas

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

4. Literacy: reading and writing.

5. Mathematics: numbers, shape, space and measures.

6. Understanding the world: people, communities, technology and the world.

7. Expressive arts and design: exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative.

These 7 areas are used to plan for children’s learning and activities. The Foundation Stage team will make sure that the activities are suited to each child’s unique needs and interests. In addition to our daily classroom activities our timetable enhancements will provide the children with extra opportunities to develop in these areas, for example, through weekly Dough Gym, Cooking, PE, Music, Creative Writing, Kinetic Letters.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking. These are known as the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and will be used to gain information on the way in which each child learns.  Activities are then tailored to meet children’s needs.

Curriculum education plan                                                                             

Notional allocated curriculum coverage time.

EARLY YEARS: 

FOUNDATION STAGE ENTITLEMENT

Hours Per Week

25

Communication and Language Development

5

Physical Development

5

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

5

Reading

2.5

Writing

2.5

Mathematics

2.5

Understanding the World

1.25

Expressive Arts

1.25

 

 

KEY STAGE ONE:  Years One and Two

Hours Per Week

25

English (direct teaching of phonics, reading writing skills)

7

Mathematics

6

Science

3

Information Technology/ Computing

 1

The Arts (Art / Music / Drama)

2

Humanities (History Geography RE)

3

PSHWE

1

PE

2


 

 

KEY STAGE TWO:  Years Three, Four, Five and Six

Hours Per Week

25

English (direct teaching of phonics, reading writing skills)

7

Mathematics

6

Science

3

Information Technology/ Computing

 1

The Arts (Art / Music / Drama)

2

Humanities (History Geography RE)

2.25

PSHWE and Citizenship

1

MFL

0.75

PE

2

 

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