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Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Nursery and Reception classes follow the DfE statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This is a curriculum designed for our youngest pupils. It sets the foundations for learning using play, and first hand experiences.

There are seven areas of learning in the EYFS. The three ‘Prime’ areas are: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These cover the most essential skills that are needed to help the children’s development. The four ‘Specific’ areas are: English, Maths, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding of the World. These are dependent upon the successful application of the Prime areas.

Further information can be found here EYFS Parents Guide.

Key Stage 1

For Year 1 and Year 2, we follow the National Curriculum, introduced in September 2014.

The National Curriculum consists of the three core subjects English, Mathematics and Science, together with the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design Technology, Computing, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal & Social Health Education (PSHE) and Religious Education.

You can find out more about the Primary National Curriculum on the DfE website.

Phonics and Reading

All children at our school have a short daily phonics lesson. These are planned using a resource called Letters and Sounds. It is a DfE publication, which sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of the children becoming fluent readers by age seven. We use a range of additional resources to support phonics learning, including Jolly Phonics visuals, actions and songs.

We use a colour-banded system of reading books, some from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and many from Harper Collins Big Cat range. Children’s reading skills are developed through daily guided reading lessons and one to one reading sessions with adults. We strongly encourage reading and sharing books at home to reinforce the skills learned at school and run workshops for parents and carers, so they are equipped to support their children’s reading. For home reading, children take home books from the appropriate colour band but are also encouraged to read for pleasure books of their own choice.

Download a parent/carer’s guide to the national curriculum here:

Parent/Carer’s guide to the national curriculum

Download an overview of the mathematics curriculum (Years 1-6) here:

Overview of the mathematics curriculum (Years 1-6)

Download an overview of the English curriculum (Years 1-6) here:

Overview of the English curriculum (Years 1-6)

Our current curriculum maps for each year group

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New Parents' Meeting: September 2020

Our Meet the Teacher event for September 2020 was online. You can view our videos on the Castle Federation YouTube channelClick here for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Maths Workshop 2020

Phonics Workshop 2018