At Earl Soham Community Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum 2014. Our creative curriculum has been designed to be engaging and exciting for our pupils. In 2016, we adopted a whole school approach that uses an overarching theme for all classes. This approach facilitates cross phase working, display, whole school themed days/weeks etc. We encourage our pupils to be imaginative and enquiring about our topic and to take their learning in directions that interest them both in school and at home. Our curriculum promotes pupils’ achievement & spiritual, moral, social & cultural development.
Using National Curriculum objectives and content, and taking careful note of the knowledge and skills to be taught, as well as the levels of ability in the class, our teachers create exciting, engaging and stimulating 'themes', each of which brings together several subject strands. Balance is achieved across the year by having a carefully planned mix of contexts - for example a topic which is mainly based upon an historical theme, but encompassing several subject areas, (e.g. Castles and Castle Life) may be followed by one which is 'led' by an aspect of science,(e.g. Whatever the Weather) technology or geography, and so on.
Each theme or topic has a 'hook' - an exciting start to really motivate, engage and challenge the children - and where possible we will include a visit and/or visitor at an appropriate point in the topic. A feature of the Earl Soham School Curriculum is its focus upon environmental issues. The school grounds provide a rich learning environment and are used extensively to enhance the curriculum. Opportunities for outdoor learning are incorporated whenever appropriate. Hands-on, independent learning is valued, and we promote skills such as teamwork and collaborative, investigative learning.
Subjects or objectives which do not fit into a particular termly theme are taught discretely sometimes providing the focus for a whole school themed day or week.
English and maths remain a focal point for teaching in the mornings and lessons and units are carefully planned using the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and attainment targets. Opportunities to build these into the 'theme' are utilised whenever possible as themes will always have a range of opportunities for literacy. Aspects of English not covered through the ‘theme’ are taught discretely, and this is even more the case with maths.
Personal Social and Health Education
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.
It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills. The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year at the school. The EYFS curriculum enables practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.
For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having a key person within the class who gets to know you and your child well and builds a positive relationship with you as a family. In the Reception your key worker will be the class teacher and the teaching assistant in your class.
The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning. These are the three prime areas of:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
Leaving four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and designThe EYFS also encourages practitioners and parents/carers to work together. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with your class teacher. At Earl Soham we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education.
All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected and many activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development and practitioners are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children dependent on their developmental needs.
The EYFS also encourages practitioners and parents/carers to work together. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with your class teacher. At Earl Soham we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education.
For more information about the school's curriculum, please speak to one of the teachers or contact the school office.