Our curriculum is designed around a theme or key question each half term that enthuses and inspires the children. We offer a range of learning linked trips, curriculum days, special events and residential visits designed to enrich and provide experience beyond the classroom. These include Forest Schools, taking part in maths challenge days, attending sporting events at the local secondary school and visiting places such as Youlbury, Normandy and the Isle of Wight.
When the children begin school their learning is organised into areas of learning:-
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
Learning takes place through play, exploration, problem solving and interaction with others. Teaching input is done in small groups and in short whole class sessions which build, to allow the children’s concentration skills to develop. Our Early Years practitioners are skilled at supporting the children’s learning to ensure that good progress is made. Children in Reception will join the older children gradually as their confidence grows. Children will build on their phonetic understanding through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.
Key Stage One
We aim to make the transition from Reception into Key Stage One as seamless as possible. At the beginning of Year 1, the subjects English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Information Technology, Personal, Social, Health Education and Religious Education are presented to the children in a similar play based, exploratory manner as Reception. As the children move through Year 1 and into Year 2, their lessons take on a more formal approach. Phonics continues with the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme.
Key Stage Two
The curriculum in Key Stage Two follows on with the same areas of learning as Key Stage One with languages, swimming and the opportunity to begin to learn an instrument added in.
Special Educational Needs and Disability
We are committed to all the children at Windale having access to a full and enjoyable curriculum. Teachers work closely with parents to ensure that the curriculum offered meets the needs of every child.
For more information regarding the curriculum paths we follow, please contact us on 01865 777796.