For most of their time in the Academy, children work with their own class teacher. Their work will be based on policies and programmes which have been agreed by the whole staff, which take into account both national and LA guidelines. Teachers plan the details in small teams and these will change according to the needs of the children concerned. All our current policies and schemes of work are available for viewing by parents. Please ask at the Main Office.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children in the reception class follow the EYFS statutory framework which comprises of 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication and language development 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.

  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

  • 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 their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written 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 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 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.

The Curriculum in Years 1 to 6

The new National Curriculum is being gradually introduced over the next two years in maintained schools. As an Academy, we are not required to follow the National Curriculum and so we have reviewed the content of what we teach in order to ensure our curriculum meets the needs of all of our learners.  Our Curriculum, which retains some elements of the National Curriculum particularly in English and Mathematics, is based on the Primary Curriculum designed on the basis of the recommendations of Jim Rose and aims to ensure that are children develop to become:

  • Successful learners

  • Confident individuals

  • Responsible citizens

The subjects and areas of learning that make up the our Curriculum are:

  • Understanding the arts (Art and Design and Music)

  • Understanding English, communication and languages (English and Modern Foreign Languages – taught through French in Key Stage 2)

  • Historical, geographical and social understanding (History, Geography and Citizenship)

  • Mathematical understanding

  • Understanding physical development, health and wellbeing (Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education)

  • Scientific and technological understanding (Science, Design and Technology and Information and Communication Technology/Computer Studies)

  • Religious Education

Our learning is linked wherever possible in order to teach our children the essential understanding, knowledge and skills for learning and life.  At the heart of our approach is a focus on communication skills.  As an accredited ESCAL Communication Friendly School, we aim that all children at Porter Croft learn to be articulate and literate in order to help them:

  • Enjoy life

  • Think

  • Communicate

  • Participate

  • Aspire and achieve 

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