All pupils in the Lakes Department follow a Thematic Curriculum. Teaching staff in the department continue to work together to create a differentiated
There are several areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
When planning and guiding children's activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things and 'have a go'
- active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
- creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.
Alongside these areas of learning we put specialist provisions in place such as communication, MOVE and development of social skills and understanding. This means out early years classes remain structured and routine based like the rest of the school to give the children a good understanding of their day and enable them to predict familiar events.
Our themes this year are
Autumn Term 1- You and Me, Me and You
Autumn Term 2- Once Upon a Time
Spring Term 1- People Who Help Us
Spring Term 2- The Hungry Caterpillar
Summer Term 1- Africa Antics
Summer Term 2- All At Sea
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
Pupils are encouraged to try their best to help others in the best way that they can. Individual reward systems may be used alongside our Lakes Department 'Blue Ticket' that is awarded by the head of department.
Keystage 1 and 2
Keystage 1 and 2 also follow a thematic curriculum that is designed to interest and inspire the pupils to learn through a variety of approaches and media. This year our topic's are:
- Our new school/ changes - KS1
- Our new school/ changes - KS2
- Spring 1- Journeys - KS1
- Spring 2- Musicals - KS1
- Noah's Ark (Literacy) Musicals (Topic) - KS2
- Summer 1- Superheroes- KS1
- Summer 2- Around the World- KS1
- Mary Poppins (Literacy) Space (Topic)+ - KS2
The themed modules are designed to provide opportunities for assessment, differentiated learning, educational visits, community and parental involvement.
Literacy and Numeracy
Topics will use stories and fairy tales supported by props, symbols and individual communication aids.
Teaching and learning for Numeracy
Assessment is measured via our Mayfield Steps on Solar that allows us to have a flexible approach to individual learning needs.