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Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Stage

Teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage is very carefully planned. The curriculum is based upon the new Foundation Stage National Curriculum, which all providers of Early Years Education must follow. We deliver our curriculum through a highly structured environment which incorporates the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

During the teaching sessions, the children have the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of activities. They learn with other children in small and large groups. Some activities will be independent and others will be led by staff. Teaching and learning is based on learning through play and structured individual or small group teaching.

Home visits are an essential part of our induction policy for children starting the nursery. The visit enables our staff to meet each child in familiar surroundings where he/she can feel confident and comfortable. Parents can discuss their child’s admission on an individual basis and can share any queries or concerns with staff. Children starting in Reception will be invited to spend a full day, including lunch, prior to the beginning of their first term.

Teaching and Learning in Key Stages 1 and 2

A well structured programme of transition helps the children transfer smoothly from their reception class in to their new class in Key Stage 1. Here the curriculum will progressively change from the Foundation Stage for Learning to one which follows the National Curriculum for key stages 1 and 2. This change is made with great care and sensitivity towards the individual children’s readiness for this change.

School places a high priority on developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the core subjects of literacy, numeracy, science and ICT. However, we also offer the children a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the arts, humanities, personal and social education, cookery, sport and religious education. The learning experiences for the children are organised within our Creative Curriculum under topic headings, a different topic for each of the 6 terms. Topics are cross-curricular in nature and are based on children’s interests and first hand learning.

Phonics and Reading

Since September 2016 we have been running the Read, Write Inc programme in KS1 and the Early Year Foundation Unit. This is a commercial scheme that links spelling, reading and writing.  It was implemented to provide a rigorous structure to the teaching of phonics in Early Years and KS1. It has shown an incline in the progress of most learners and we anticipate an incline in the number of children being successful in the phonic screening check in June 2017.

Curriculum Map 2017-2018

Year Group Term Topic Enrichment Activities
Early Years Foundation Stage Autumn 1 Creepy Crawlies Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Chatsworth Farm


Longdendale National Trust


Chestnut Centre


Teddy Bears Picnic

Autumn 2 Boxes
Spring 1 Me and You
Spring 2 Fairy Tales
Summer 1 Over the Hill and Far Away
Summer 2 Adventures
Year1 Autumn 1 Food and Farming Cannonhall Farm


Walk in the local area


Seasonal walks around the local area.

Autumn 2 My Body
Spring 1 Where we live
Spring 2 China
Summer 1 In the garden
Summer 2 Holidays
Year 2 Autumn 1 Waterworld Blue Planet Aquarium
Autumn 2 Castles
Spring 1 Weather
Spring 2 Caribbean
Summer 1 Famous People
Summer 2 Space
Year 3 Autumn 1 Stone Age Trip to Chester


Cultural Diversity visit in Derby


Welby Croft to sing to the residents.

Autumn 2 Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Spring 1 Puppets
Spring 2 Germany
Summer 1 Romans
Summer 2 Matisse – Artist
Year 4 Autumn 1 Tudors (2017/18)

Vikings (from 2018)

Swimming all year


Bramhall Hall Tudor Christmas Trip


Residential to White Hall

Autumn 2 Tudors (2017/18)

Anglo-Saxon and Scottish Settlements (from 2018)

Spring 1 Where we live/Geography field study


Spring 2 Italy
Summer 1 Mayans
Summer 2 Stone Age (2017/18)

Enterprise (from 2018)

Year 5 Autumn 1 Rivers

Rousseau – Artist

Trip to Quarry Bank Mill


Residential to Edale

Autumn 2 Local History – Victorians

Morris – Artist

Spring 1 Dragons
Spring 2 France/Alps
Summer 1 Egyptians
Summer 2 Peak District
Year 6 Autumn 1 Wild West Shakespeare production


Go to see a production


Poetry Recital


Tea Dance


Residential to France

Autumn 2 Why we remember wars?

Fanelli – Artist

Spring 1 Ancient Greece
Spring 2 Modern Greece
Summer 1 SATs
Summer 2 Shakespeare
Whole School Enrichment ·         Harvest festival at the Methodist Church.

·         Christmas service at St Thomas Becket Church.

·         Choir sing at the Harvest festival, Christingle service, carol service, Mother’s day, Easter service and leavers service

·         Community Christmas Lunch

·         Community Invite to Remembrance Day

·         Visit to Youth Present Music

·         Arts Week

·         Derbyshire Arts competition

·         Wells dressing

·         Life skills trips


National Curriculum