At Worth Valley our main aim is to provide quality experiences in all aspects of school life and enable our children to be happy, successful and keen to learn. Watching them grow into citizens of the future who will be able to make a positive contribution to society.
Our curriculum ensures that:
- Our children’s learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements of the English and Mathematics curriculum.
- It is based on an analysis of how it can benefit the needs of our specific children and their community.
- It supports children in developing Global and fundamental British Values.
- Children are given opportunities to actively engage in their learning through meaningful and applied contexts.
- Children are able develop a Growth Mindset to help support the effectiveness of their learning.
- PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) and Peace Mala are an integral part of the curriculum. These equip children with skills that will see them as successful life long learners.
- There is high quality classroom teaching and this is enriched with a range of experiences including visits/trips and residentials as well as inviting visitors to school to provide ‘theme’ days and experiences.
Further details about the National Curriculum can be found here:
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our youngest learners follow the E.Y.F.S curriculum, a broad play based curriculum that allows practitioners to follow children’s interests and support them in developing life skills. Our EYFS team use stories as a starting point and provide learning opportunities to enthuse and engage young minds. There are seven areas of learning known as the Prime and Specific areas of learning. As children grow and develop, their needs change and this is reflected in what we offer. Our provision for 2 year olds has a strong focus on communication and language and supports learners to be independent and physically confident. Nursery builds on children’s pre-school experiences and begins to introduce letters, numbers and skills to develop fine motor skills.
Reception uses each child’s Nursery experience as the starting point for their final year in the Foundation Stage, and whilst play is very much at the heart of learning, some more formal aspects are introduced throughout the year, when each child is ready, in preparation for Key stage one. Reading is at the heart of the EYFS and this strong ethos is evident in the skills, progress and independence demonstrated by our children.
More information can be found here:
Phonics and Reading
Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics
Department for Education and Skills
Project X: Primary
Oxford University Press
Subject long term plans
Computing long term plan
English long term plan
For English we use a document written and produced by Hertfordshire Grid for Learning.