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    Curriculum 2016-2017

  • Literacy

    At Waterfield, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

    Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning. Literacy enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.

     

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    Phonics

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  • Mathematics
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    Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their abiltiy to calculate fluently, reason logically, solve problems, to conjecture, test hypotheses and to think in abstract ways. It enables children to understand realationships and patterns in both number and space in the world around them.

    In Waterfield we aim for our pupils to develop a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject which should build gradually as a child goes through school. It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged in order to foster confidence and achievement. 

    We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.

  • Computing

    At Waterfield we value ICT within our school. We ensure that children are able to explore and access a range of digital technology, from Interactive Whiteboards and laptops through to our learning platform, DB Primary. We believe in the successful integration of ICT into teaching to suit all learning styles.

    There are however, some risks attached to the use connected technology and the E-safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school. We work closely with WSCC (West Sussex County Council) and our learning platform provider DB Primary to ensure that all staff are up to date with current advice and practice.

    Learning about e-safety is a vital life skill. Empowering children at an early age with the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information is something that needs to be nurtured throughout school to see them into adult life. Equally it is important that parents have the right information so that they can help to reduce the possibility of risk and identify risky behaviour.

    Below are some documents about how to keep your children safe while exploring the internet, how to set up parental controls on things such as facebook and youtube.

    Here are some useful websites about keeping children safe online and initiating conversations about eSafety along with a link to a Family Video Gaming Guide:

    Preventing Abuse
    and Keeping Children
    Safe - NSPCC
    Safer Internet  Vodafone  Kidsmart ThinkUKnow

What is happening in each year group?

Cycle

Click on the pictures in each year group to download a PDF file version of the picture. 

  • EYFS Curriculum

    Nursery 

    At Waterfield Nursery we believe that early years education is valuable to all children and we provide a curriculum that challenges children through all the areas of learning.

    Children enter nursery with different skills, experiences and knowledge.  We recognise and work with children’s individual interests, as personalised teaching and learning is at the heart of our principles.  In addition to this we feel that by introducing the children to exciting new topics, dinosaurs for example the imagination is fired further and children continue to be motivated, engaged and interested in learning new skills.  The Waterfield Nursery curriculum is underpinned by Assessment for Learning. 

    “AFL is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learns are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there” ( Reform group 2002)

    Teaching is adjusted to take into account findings and results, encouraging the children to be involved in the planning of their learning and giving effective feedback to the children.  A personal Learning Journal which is a collection of observations, photos, drawings and so on are shared weekly with the children and small steps for the next part of learning discussed as part of this ongoing learning process.  

    Opportunities for outdoor play are of equal importance and are an integral part of the curriculum.  Garden time is available all year round, wet weather clothing is provided and ‘whatever the weather’ the children will be exploring and learning outside.

    Indoors the children can access a wide variety of activities and resources some planned by the staff and others self selected.  Painting, music, computers, dressing up to name but a few.  We feel that this mix of planned activities and child initiated play gives the best broad and balanced curriculum.

    Reception

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  • Year 1 Curriculum

  • Year 2 Curriculum

  • Year 3 Curriculum

  • Year 4 Curriculum

  • Year 5 Curriculum

  • Year 6 Curriculum

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