When children join the School in the Nursery or Reception class they will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Programme from the English Curriculum. Learning is practical, hands on and tailored to and guided by each child’s choice and interests. The pupils from Year 1 onwards will follow the English National Curriculum with some adaptations due to our geographical position. In addition to the core subjects of English and mathematics, the school syllabus includes science, geography and history, music, art, design and technology, languages, ICT and personal, social, health and citizenship education.
In the first two years the children will follow a creative curriculum with half termly topics on which they base their learning. Literacy and numeracy are interwoven with the theme, as is learning in many of the traditional subjects; however, where it is not possible to make meaningful links, then subjects are taught independently. Throughout their time in the first two years pupils will become curious and keen to learn, listen attentively and respect others opinions and have an appetite for learning upon which they can build as they move into Year 3. In the final four years the curriculum is tailored to the needs of the pupils with the English National Curriculum being adapted and enhanced to ensure that every pupil is motivated, inspired and challenged.
The school offers a range of after school activities which are aimed at fostering pupils’ confidence, independence and breadth of interest. We aim to offer pupils a safe and happy learning environment where they can acquire knowledge and understanding which will equip them for future challenges.
THE Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years of age. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. The seven areas of Learning and Development are split into Prime Areas and Specific Areas.
Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
This area focuses on how children play, share, work and co-operate with others in a group and outside the family. Our aim is for them to develop a sense of their own self-confidence, self-awareness and identity, and to have respect for others.
This area focuses on developing physical control and awareness of space and how to use manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environments. Your child will be encouraged to move in a variety of ways and to respond to a variety of stimuli. We aim, with the help and support of parents, to foster a positive attitude towards a healthy and active way of life. Children are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle and diet and take care of themselves.
Communication and Language
Communication and Language are central to everything we do in school. It is our aim to support each child to develop a wide variety of communication skills by providing a stimulating environment. During your child’s day, they will have the opportunity to listen to and respond to stories, learn nursery rhymes and recognise rhyming words. Communication and language focusses on how carefully children listen and pay attention; how they understand and interpret language and how they speak.
Our philosophy is to approach reading in a very individual way. Great emphasis is given to the phonetic approach and children are taught to recognise letter names and their sounds. Children are encouraged to recognise familiar words and extend their vocabulary, to explore the meanings and sounds of new words. Our department uses a wide range of reading material and books, we aim to foster a love and respect of books. To foster early writing skills, children are encouraged to make marks, learn how to hold a pencil effectively and to form letters correctly. There will be many opportunities to write for a range of purposes, and to encourage independent writing. The children progress at their own pace and adults support where needed.
This area covers the important aspects of mathematical understanding and provides the foundation for Numeracy. Early numeracy will be developed firstly through ‘hands on’ practical activities, which enable the children to explore and make mathematical discoveries, and then in the written form. Children will have the opportunity to develop their own mathematical ideas and learn how to solve practical problems for themselves. We aim to introduce mathematical language and a variety of activities, which will stimulate and arouse children’s interest in this subject. Numbers are displayed in the classrooms and children are encouraged to investigate the shapes and measuring equipment.
Understanding The World
An important aspect of children’s education is their knowledge and understanding of the environment in which they live, their families, the wider community, technology and past and present events in their own lives. We encourage children to explore and recognise features of living things, objects and events in the natural and man-made world. We look closely at similarities, differences and how things change. Technology is used where appropriate to support their learning.
Expressive Arts and Design
In this area children are encouraged to express their feelings and ideas in a creative way through art, music, dance, stories and in play. They have opportunities to explore using media and materials and develop their own imaginations. In Art and Design Technology they will be given the opportunity to handle a wide range of tools and use a variety of materials safely, increasing their confidence and skills.
MusicMusic will play an integral part of life at POWIIS Primary. From Nursery through to Year 6 all pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of classroom and extra-curricular music activities. Experience, fulfilment and enjoyment for all are our top priorities in addition to aspiring to the highest of standards.
SportWe will actively encourage pupils to participate at the best level they can and aim to equip every pupil with confidence and enthusiasm to enjoy sport and an active lifestyle both in school and beyond.
Clubs/ActivitiesThe clubs and activities programme will aim to foster pupil’s confidence, independence and breadth of interest both as individuals as well as within the framework of a team. Great emphasis will be placed on developing the whole child making sure there is a balance in their extra-curricular activities. At POWIIS Primary we aim to offer outstanding extra-curricular provision providing significant enrichment to pupil’s educational experience.