Across the whole school curriculum we work to ensure we actively promote life in Modern Britain and as a result have developed our own British value statement of how we ensure our children are aware of individual liberty, democracy, mutual respect and tolereance of those with different faiths and beliefs and finally rule of law.
The Nursery and Reception Classes follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:
Personal Social and Emotional Development
We help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. We enable them to develop relationships with other children and adults, and we teach them how to behave appropriately as part of a group.
The children are given lots of opportunities to develop their large muscles, and to keep fit through exercise and healthy snacks. We also help children to develop their fine motor skills so they will be able to control things such as scissors and pens.
Communication and language
Being able to communicate effectively with other people is crucial to your child's development. We encourage children to talk to each other and we teach them to listen too! Lots of opportunities are given to extend your child's vocabulary and we teach them how to ask questions effectively.
We want the children to leave the Foundation stage with a love of reading and books, and the ability to express themselves in writing. We will help them learn words and sounds, and will explore ways of writing and expressing their thoughts.
We provide opportunities for your child to develop their counting skills, and we encourage them to explore number problems. We also learn about shapes, pattern and measurement.
Understanding the World
This covers the early stages of history, geography, science and ICT. We explore the local environment, engage with different cultures and explore our own families. We use ICT in a range of ways to support other learning such as teaching the children to use an ipad to help with their maths, or using a camera to record some lovely work.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children need lots of opportunities to explore art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology. We provide a varied range of activities to fulfil these needs.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected.
'The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.'
Further information about the areas of learning can be found in our
The Characteristics of Effective learning support the development of the Unique Child in how children are learning.
3 Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and exploring – engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to 'have a go'
Active learning – motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
The children will learn through practical hands-on experiences, which will ensure they are well prepared for future learning.
By the end of the Reception year children will have covered all areas of the Early Learning Goals and will be ready to work on the National Curriculum.
KS1 and KS2: The National Curriculum
Art and Design
Art activities start from the earliest age. Children are given opportunities to use a variety of different media: paints, fabrics, clay, inks, crayons, pencils, chalk, charcoal etc. Different techniques are introduced and refined as the children mature.
Artwork can be developed as a specific activity although it may be linked to other subjects. The work of recognised artists is used both as a stimulus for art work and also to develop appreciation.
The Art of other cultures is explored while we also develop awareness of the art of different periods in history. During the school year we try and provide all children with the opportunity to work with a visiting artist
Children are given opportunities to design, make and modify models and products. Practical skills and the safe use of tools and equipment are developed alongside vo-cabulary and critical observations. Much of the design and technology work is linked with other subjects, using reclaimed materials, textiles, construction kits and even food.
Humanities (History and Geography)
Children will be learning about the geo-graphical and historical aspects of Britain, including the immediate locality. Historical approaches will aim to give the children a sense of time and perspective. Major influences on Britain, such as invasions by the Romans, will be studied while other civilisations and cultures, e.g. Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Victorians, form part of the syllabus.
Aspects of human, physical and environmental geography e.g. Indian village, world weather, will be included in the programmes of study, while knowledge of places will also be developed. Specific geographical skills such as map reading will be taught, moving from simple directional skills (left; right/north; south) in the infants to grid references in the juniors.
We encourage educational visits to many venues including Kettering Museum for special History days.
Residential Experience: We aim to offer an annual residential visit to children in Years 5 and 6, and possibly other year groups. The programme followed, on that visit, is linked to work being covered at school. Venues at Scarborough and Llandudno are currently being used bi-annually, whilst our Comenius European partner schools in France, Spain, Lithuania and Turkey may present opportunities for foreign travel.
I.C.T. (Information Communication Technology)
ICT is the fastest growing area in education today. In order to give our children the best chances in this ever growing subject, we have invested in a new network that enables access for every child in the school. ICT is now integrated into all subjects as a powerful teaching and learning tool. To enhance children’s learning they also have secure access to the internet through a broadband connection provided through our Virtual Learning environment. This is a filtered portal to the internet which provides the children with safe access.
Literacy covers the important skills of reading, writing and listening with children using a broad and balanced range of activities in their literacy work.
This begins with the foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) fostering a love of books and enjoyment of reading through story telling, nursery rhymes, fiction and non-fiction books. In the Reception class children are introduced to The Oxford Reading Tree books with simple texts and a build up of keywords and phonics to help them to decode. All children, when they enter the school, are allocated a place on a structured programme of phonics teaching. As they progress through the scheme their progress is monitored and the children are moved into ability appropriate groups until their phonic knowledge is assured. As children develop these reading skills, emphasis is placed on comprehension skills such as prediction and retelling, and reading may be through independent, shared or guided reading sessions. The core scheme is supplemented by other books and Key
Stage 2 children use a computerised library system. The children take books home to read and parental involvement is encouraged throughout with the emphasis on enjoyment and de-veloping a positive attitude towards reading.
The Foundation Stage provides plenty of opportunities for emergent writing and our Reception children work on developing a secure pencil grip, using correct letter formation and gaining confidence to sound out words and record. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are introduced on a progressive basis and in each year group children develop their writing through a variety of different genres e.g. recount, letters, poetry, diaries etc. A cursive style of writing is introduced in Reception and children begin to join up their writing in Years 2 and 3.
A well-formed handwriting style begins with activities in the nursery leading into a cursive style in the infants. This is then developed into a 'joined-up' format in Key Stage 2 (Juniors).
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged through speaking and listening activities to listen carefully and to speak clearly and with confidence to a variety of audiences.
At Loatlands they are provided with many opportunities for this e.g. speaking and listening games, use of talk partners, group work, performing to other classes, class assemblies and involvement in the town.
There are important links between reading, writing and speaking and listening and our work fully complies with the objectives and requirement of the Early Learning Goals (Foundation Stage) and the National Curriculum (Key Stages 1 and 2).
Practical activities such as shape recognition and capacity begin in the nursery and provide a firm foundation for maths experiences as the children move into the Primary Mathematics Framework. The emphasis is on mental calculation, problem solving and using a variety of methods to obtain results. Formal, traditional, recording emerges at Key Stage 2.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children follow the Northamptonshire adopted French Scheme of Work which is taught from Year 3 and develops throughout Key Stage 2. Loatlands staff are supported with training from Montsaye Academy.
Action songs and number rhymes are introduced in the early years. A structured programme introduces the Infants to singing, performing and composing using percussion instruments. This is further developed in the Juniors.
Visiting teachers provide violin, woodwind, percussion and brass lessons.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
We aim to give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils follow a structured programme in social and emotional aspects of learning.
From the Nursery on, they are given the opportunities to develop self confidence, self responsibility, a safe and healthy lifestyle and the ability to form good relationships. They have opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and the lives of other and to learn to respect the differences between people. Close links between the school and the community enable our children to prepare to play an active role as citizens.
Class representatives sit on a school council and meet regularly with the senior management team. Responsibility is encouraged, with the upper juniors being given specific tasks within the school. Our school ethos values the place and contribution of all our children to the school and achievement is celebrated in special assemblies.
Special events such as participation in the local Eisteddfod and the upper junior residential experience will give pupils the opportunity to work together in a different context.
Much of the health and safety programme is delivered by staff, but health visitors can share knowledge and experience with pupils so that they can extend their perspective on issues. Our children receive drug and sex education appropriate to their age and needs. The School Nurse reinforces this programme for our upper juniors.
Sex Education: The Education Act 1993 gives parents the right to withdraw from all or part of sex education offered. Details of the Sex Education programme will be published to relevant parents before the programme comes into operation.
Our P.E. policy aims to develop physical skills from 3 years of age onwards. Nursery children visit the hall once a week. Infants will participate in both a movement and an apparatus lesson each week.
Juniors also have two sessions a week, one of which is a games lesson. of the year. At present all Junior classes swim weekly.
We use the County's agreed syllabus on R.E. as a guide to our teaching. We aim to teach children about religion, including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism. We focus on learning from experience as designed to:
- encourage all children to participate
- to allow children to follow the beliefs that are prevalent in the home.
Our science programme incorporates nature study, materials and physical aspects such as electricity and magnetism, while environmental issues are also addressed. From 3+ onwards, children are developing scientific skills and concepts using an investigational approach and working out why things happen (or don't).