The Early Years Foundation Stage
The curriculum for our youngest children in nursery and reception classes, takes into account the individual needs and stage of development of each child. We strongly believe that children in the Foundation Stage learn best through well planned and structured play activities.
The curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into prime and specific areas of learning. The three prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal social and emotional development
The four specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The four specific areas are taught through the prime areas. We build on children’s prior experiences and extend their knowledge skills and understanding through exciting half-termly topics that are linked to the specific areas of learning. Each area of the curriculum has developmental matters which establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of Foundation Stage. Some children will do more than is expected of them, whilst others will be still working towards them.
The subjects taught are in keeping with the requirements of the National Curriculum. They include; English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Computing, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (usually taught in Philosophy For Children Lessons) and Spanish. Further information about the curriculum is available on the document at the bottom of this page and is also discussed in the parents meetings held with your child’s class teacher at the start of each academic year. The class information pages of the website and the class blogs also contain information about what your child is currently learning. The school currently uses the Oxford Reading Tree scheme throughout school, which is complemented by a variety of other 'real' books. Letters and Sounds is used thoughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One to teach phonics.
Pupil Progress, Assessment and Reports
Assessment at New Moston is an integral part of teaching and learning. Its purpose is primarily to inform the teacher of a child’s progress so that appropriate tasks are planned for future teaching.
Individual pupil progress is monitored and tracked closely using the National Curriculum attainment target levels found in the core and foundation subjects. We are committed to each child reaching their full potential. To measure this, a baseline profile is completed within the first half term of each child’s entry into the foundation stage, and is kept as a reference point in the child’s records as they go through the school. Children are then continually assessed as they go through the Foundation stage and the Foundation Stage profile is completed in their final term. In years one to six children are assessed termly and individual targets and results are discussed and agreed with children. These describe an all-round picture of the child’s development, this information is shared with parents via our termly mini reports and parents evenings in the first two terms. Full annual reports are completed in the final half term of each year. Termly assessments also inform teachers, children and parents of the next steps in learning. Formal tests take place in Year 2 and Year 6 in line with National SATs testing. Annual tests (QCA) are also taken in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 assist us in monitoring each child’s progress throughout the school.
We believe homework to be an important part of school life that fosters the partnership between home and school. It informs and involves parents in work their children are doing and they are able to reinforce new knowledge and skills. Children will be given homework relative to their age and ability.