Starting school is a big step for children and their parents. At Newton Tony we work hard to ensure a happy and positive start to school life. A close partnership between home and school is especially important during your child’s first years at school. We want you to share in your child’s learning, celebrate their successes and share any concerns with us. Hedgehogs class hosts children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, these YR children engage in child- led and teacher initiated activities learning through play. As they progress through the Foundation Stage, they become’ ready’ to engage in the Year 1 National Curriculum. We embrace outdoor learning in our purpose –built Foundation Stage play area.
There are 3 prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and 4 specific areas, all of which are interrelated. We plan for learning experiences across all areas both inside and outside.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and Language
This prime area involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World
This area of learning involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
This involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Key Stage 1
Hedgehogs (Year 1) and Squirrels (Year 2) belong to Key Stage 1. The pupils access Mathematics and English during the morning session where the small number of pupils are grouped according to ability and supported by a TA as well as the class teacher.
Key stage 2
Squirrels (Year 3) and Badgers (Years 4, 5 and 6) belong to Key Stage 2. Pupils work from a two-year rolling programme which incorporates all areas of the New National Curriculum 2014. Pupils work in ability groups and work is differentiated accordingly. English and Mathematics lessons are taught in the morning sessions but these skills are incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of literacy in line with the 2014 Curriculum. We believe that English is a fundamental curriculum area which enables all children to be able to communicate effectively.
We are looking forward to continuing to give the children fantastic opportunities to develop their reading, writing and spoken English further.
Our aim is for all children to:
- Be competent in the art of speaking and listening
- To read easily and fluently with good understanding
- To want to read widely and often, for pleasure and information
- Write clearly and accurately
- Aquire a wide vocabulary and a good understanding or grammar
- Use discussion in pairs or groups in order to learn.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of maths in line with the 2014 National Curriculum. We believe that maths is essential to everyday life, necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
Our aim is for children to:
- Be fluent in the fundamentals of maths
- Reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their maths
- Have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about maths.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of Science in line with 2014 National Curriculum, providing the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry.
Our aim is to help children build on their knowledge and concepts to:
- Develop a sense of excitement and curiousity about natural phenomena
- Predict how things might change
- Explain what is occurring
- Analyse causes
- Understand the implications of science for today and the future
- Become independent learners.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of Computing in line with 2014 National Curriculum. Our aim for all children is to develop the skills in:
- Problem solving
- Discussing and sharing good practices