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Foundation Stage Curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Learning in the Foundation Stage is play based using both our indoor and outdoor facilities and follows the statutory 7 Areas of Learning and Development.  Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and be independent learners.

Prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development;  Physical Development;  Communication and Language; 

Specific areas are Literacy;  Mathematics;  Understanding the World;  Expressive Arts and Design


Learning both indoors and outdoors provides a wide range of learning opportunities for all of our children in both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. 

Year Two children making symmetrical patterns in our forest schools area
Team work and problem solving to build a fire engine in the Reception playground.

Key Stage One Curriculum 

The subjects of the National Curriculum are taught in a cross curricular way.  Each half term subjects are linked together by a theme to contextualise the learning often with an educational visit or visitor relevant to the theme.  Some themes that have been enjoyed in the past have been 'Sandcastles and Seaspray', 'Towns and Towers', 'Water, water everywhere'.  Our long term theme plan ensures that all National Curriculum programmes of study are covered but themes are selected with input from the children.  Details of the current theme are included on class newsletters at the start of each half term.  

Key skills such as phonics, handwriting, spelling and mental mathematics are differentiated, planned and delivered as part of the weekly class timetable.

Religious Education (RE) - The locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education is the basis for our collective worship and Religious Education in class.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) - At Pickering Community Infant and Nursery School we follow the six strands for the KS1 PSHCE curriculum including units on: Me and My Relationship,  Keeping Myself Safe , My Healthy Lifestyle,  Me and My Future , Becoming an active citizen and Moving on.

Reading and phonics  - A wide range of phonic and reading materials are used including Big Cat, Rigby Rockets, Oxford Reading Tree and Project X.  Reading is taught both individually and within ability groups through guided reading with a specific objective being delivered each session.  Daily phonics teaching is closely linked to the structured reading arrangements using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme, along side Jolly Phonics. 

Home learning - Each child in Year One and Year Two has a 'Busy Book' which is an essential link between home and school.  This provides parents with guidance as to how to support the key skills of reading, phonics, mental maths, handwriting and spelling.  It provides spaces for children to practice and for parents to make comments.  Parents also receive a fortnightly class newsletter to explain the learning that has been happening in class and how they can support their child's learning. 

Educational visits - all our children take part in regular educational visits  to enhance their learning. Many of our curriculum themes relate directly to the community our children are a part of and we are lucky enough to have a rich resource for learning right on our doorstep.   The children enjoy visits to various locations depending on the current theme -  a local building site, church, Pickering castle, local shops and library, train station.  Further afield we might visit the seaside, Tropical World in Leeds, Ryedale Folk Museum, York Minster.   

Swimming - whilst this is not a statutory requirement for our age children all our Year Two children walk down to the local swimming pool for a ten week block of swimming lessons as the pool is so close to our school.

After school clubs - staff provide a rich and varied programme of after school clubs for Key Stage One children.  For example, drama, music and movement, garden group, recorders, football, tag rugby, choir, cookery and computer clubs.  Different clubs are offered each year.

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