EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)
The Foundation Stage curriculum allows children to learn by being active, encouraging them to explore, to talk about their learning and to practice skills. It consists of seven areas of learning:
Three prime areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical Development (taught by MSR coaches)
Four specific areas:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
In Reception, the children do not follow a formal timetable as such. A significant amount of their learning activities will take place outdoors also.
Children’s learning will be assessed continuously throughout the first year of school and recorded on each child’s Foundation Stage Profile.
KEY STAGE 1 & KEY STAGE 2 CURRICULUM
In each Key Stage the curriculum comprises:
The core subjects
The foundation subjects
- Information & Communication Technology
- Design and Technology
- Philosophy for Children
- Physical Education (PE)
- Personal Social and Health Education
- Religious Education
Additionally, during KS2 the children follow a course in Manx language.
We aim to develop each pupil in the areas of:
1. Speaking and Listening - developing a pupil’s listening skills and their ability to express themselves verbally.
2. Reading - enabling a pupil to develop reading and comprehension skills, to read enthusiastically a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to meaning.
- Independent reading - Each child will have a reading folder and they have a reading book to take home and read everyday. Within school we aim for someone, not necessarily the teacher, to hear children read regularly, at least two times a week and daily for those who need most practise. We encourage parents and members of the community to come into school to listen to children read.
- Guided reading – In addition to individual reading, children will share and discuss texts as a class and, once a week, have a guided reading session in a group with a teacher/SESO. These sessions allow children to improve and share decoding strategies, discuss text/language features and develop their understanding of each book.
3. Writing - to enable pupils to enjoy writing and see the value of it, communicating meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts while showing the ability to spell and punctuate correctly in legible handwriting.
Pupils follow a progressive course of study in the following areas:
- shape and space
- measures - length, mass, capacity and time
- handling data
Mathematics is taught with a practical approach wherever possible and the children use a wide range of resources in ‘hands on’ activities to support their learning. Mental strategies and problem solving are taught from Reception and there is a daily emphasis on mental work at the start of lessons. Board games and ICT activities are encouraged with the children learning in fun and more informal ways.
Science should stimulate and excite pupil’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. As Science links direct practical experiences with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels (Foundation, KS1 and KS2). In our school we aim to teach Science in a fun and exciting manner that allows children to explore and investigate in a practical way.
We work from the programmes of study from the National Curriculum which include:
1. Scientific enquiry
2. Life processes and living things
3. Materials and their properties
4. Physical processes.
For each of these areas we will be providing children with opportunities to:
- devise their own problems
- understand what they are trying to discover
- discuss ideas
- devise and use simple tests/experiments
- draw conclusions
- record their findings in different forms
- reflect on how tests could be improved in the future
This is the spur to critical and creative thinking. We hope that this will allow the children to practice their investigative skills, helping them to begin to understand some of the major scientific concepts that form and challenge our modern culture.
The Isle of Man prides itself on the provision and quality of ICT teaching throughout the Island. ICT is now very much a part of everyday life from storing numbers in a mobile phone to producing a web or wiki site and writing blogs. Although children are taught the core skills needed to enable them to operate computers, emphasis is placed on teaching ‘e’ safety at appropriate stages to all children throughout the school. The children are taught ICT skills, including how different software packages work, and then are allowed to develop this knowledge by using the computers to help them with work in other areas. In order, to help these skills develop, the school has a set of laptop computers which can be lent out to a class of children for an extended period of time in order to allow them to extend their skills (and yours if you wish) at their own pace. We also have many iPads which are used by pupils throughout the school.
Geography is taught throughout the school and aims to enable pupils to:
- Develop geographical knowledge and understanding
- Develop a sense of identity through learning about the Isle of Man, the rest of the British Isles and its relationship with other countries.
The geography of the Isle of Man is studied at all stages, much of it through visits and practical research.
History skills are taught through topics that help children develop a sense of identity as they explore personal and social history. Children will have access to artefacts and photos to help them explore the past and whenever possible we enhance the provision through visits to historical places or visits from people who can share their experience and knowledge of the past.
Art at Andreas School develops pupils creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their visual perception and appreciation of art from a variety of cultures, styles and periods through time. They will acquire skills and develop artistic techniques in the following areas:
- Colour - explore colour, mixing and tone
- Drawing - experiment with line and observational drawings
- Texture/collage - using a variety of materials
- 3D modelling/sculpture - using materials to assemble and construct
- Pattern - operates across the 2-D range of processes
Apart from the music taught as part of the curriculum, we are fortunate in having several peripatetic music teachers who come to school each week to teach the violin and brass instruments and provide guitar lessons. These lessons are always popular and take place during the school day. They are available to children in Year 4 and upwards for violin and brass and Year 6 for guitar. Although the service is organised and provided by the Department of Education, it is necessary to charge for the lessons. Details of payment are available directly from the music service when interest is shown by each pupil/parents.
Philosophy for Children p4C
P4C is a way of developing children’s ability to become better thinkers, but at the same time has a profound ability to make children more co-operative, creative, tolerant and respectful of differing viewpoints. It leads children to be able to challenge, question and alter their opinions and ideas as a result of clear and evidential thinking. In essence, P4C involves a teacher providing a stimulus, such as a book, poem, picture, artefact, piece of music etc, which is used to generate some questions and discussion. All classes do a P4C session at least once a fortnight. We have received the SAPARE Bronze Award for our work in this area.
P.E. provides the opportunity for physical development, teamwork and a healthy lifestyle. Pupils are provided with the chance to experience gymnastics, dance, athletics, games and swimming. We benefit from having a Sports coach come in to deliver one lesson each week to each class.
It is our aim that all Key Stage 2 children become competent swimmers. Lessons take place during the Autumn and Spring terms. The children are taken to and from the Ramsey pool by coach, with lessons being taught by qualified swimming instructors and school staff.
Personal, social and health education is taught from Reception through to Year 6. Activities are designed to help the children:
- Develop confidence and responsibility, making the most of their abilities
- Prepare to play an active role as citizens
- Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
- Develop good relationships, work together and respect the differences between people.
Religious Education (RE) is taught throughout the school and follows the framework and syllabus devised by the Isle of Man Department of Education for this subject.
RE provides pupils with the opportunity to formulate and develop their own beliefs and values whilst appreciating and tolerating those of other people.
Manx is taught to children in Year 4 and upwards. The lessons involve learning not only about the language, but also the island’s culture and heritage. These lessons are taught by a Manx speaking teacher and occur once a week. Further opportunities to learn about their island home is encouraged through the class teaching.
Essentials For Learning (E4L) Curriculum
The knowledge, skills and attitudes that pupils need, in the twenty-first century, are not the same as they were in the past and so the school learning experience needs to reflect this. The Department of Education and Children has reviewed its Curriculum for Learning and Achievement and further developed it so that schools continue to be supported in providing a world-class education for children and young people on the Isle of Man. The curriculum is not prescriptive; rather it attempts to provide broad parameters in which schools can develop flexible, exciting and memorable learning experiences which support the development of a broad range of academic, social and personal skills.