The Curriculum

 

We strongly believe in ensuring that all of our children are surrounded by a rich, stimulating environment with a broad and balanced skill-based curriculum.  All our children are valued as individuals and we encourage each child to reach their full potential.  We encourage all children to be the best that they can be.  

 

Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

The children in our Reception classes follow the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This is carried out through observations of structured play, conversations and child and adult initiated activities.  The children in Reception are taught within the seven areas of learning: 

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Communication and Language

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Year 1 and Year 2 (Key Stage 1)

 

In Years 1 and 2, the children follow the National Curriculum which consists of:  

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Art and Design

  • Computing

  • Design and Technology 

  • Geography

  • History

  • Music

  • Physical Education

 

We also follow statutory guidance for Religious Education, support Personal, Social and Health Education and enable the development of the children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness.  The different subjects are not taught in isolation from each other but in a creative cross curricular way in which key skills drive the objectives and desired outcomes.  Children are immersed in fun, practical activities which allow for different learning styles and interests to flourish with opportunities for sustained work and personalised learning.  

Curriculum Extension

Throughout the school opportunities are taken to extend the curriculum beyond the statutory requirements through visitors to school, including artists, craftspeople, actors, musicians; the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment; educational visits; and support of parents.  Many of these activities embrace the cultural, spiritual, moral and social diversity of the society in which we live as well as providing opportunities to develop awareness of British Values.  Activities include World Book Day, themed events such as Maths Week, Science Week, Creative Week, Enterprise Week, Friendship Week and Multicultural Week and celebrations including Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali and Harvest.

If you have any further questions about the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office and somebody will be more than happy to help.

Tel: 01702 468461  / office@hamstel-inf.southend.sch.uk   /  Hamstel Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4PQ

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