At Parsonage Farm, we believe that every child is an individual and should be supported to become a confident, resilient, independent, lifelong learner and encouraged to ‘be the best that they can be.’ Our ‘whole school value - ‘Together we create a rainbow of possibilities’ – supports this.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum statutory guidance, with children following programmes of study in accordance with their age, stage and ability. Pupils in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These give clear objectives for the children to work towards, meet or exceed at the end of each key stage.
We have carefully created our curriculum to meet the needs and learning styles of all children. It has been designed around a set of progressive knowledge and skills, but the context in which these are delivered is tailored to each cohort of children dependent on their interests and needs. The knowledge and skills are planned so that the sequence enables children to know more, do more and remember more.
It is our belief that children will be most successful when school and home work in partnership. Our curriculum for each topic is shared with parents and children are encouraged to continue their learning at home. Feedback from parents tells us that children are excited by their learning and this is reflected in the things they bring from home to further enhance their learning.
Our aim is for all children to leave Parsonage Farm with a sense of belonging to a community where they have developed the confidence and skills to make decisions, make connections and become lifelong learners, so that they are prepared for the next stage in their education.
Our curriculum is purposeful and meaningful for the children in our school at this time, based on first hand experiences and provides memorable experiences. It includes topics that relate to our local community and visits and visitors further enrich our curriculum. It is delivered through discrete subject teaching as well as cross curricular teaching, ensuring that children make links between the subjects. It is carefully planned to allow all children to be able to access the curriculum as well as achieve success from their starting points.
We believe that enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and high levels of engagement.
Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their planning and teaching accordingly. Assessment for learning checks for understanding and ensures progress is being made. This is based on questioning, discussions as well as recorded work.
Daisies - Nursery
Poppies & Snowdrops - Reception
Tulips & Sunflowers – Year 1
Bluebells & Daffodils – Year 2
In Nursery and Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published by the DfE.
This Framework specifies the requirements for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
These areas are:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
2. Physical Development
3. Communication and Language Development
6. Understanding the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design
Key Stage 1
All children in Year 1 and Year 2 are required to receive a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum through the school’s implementation of the National Curriculum
We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme within our School.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme within our School, supplemented by a wide range of Book Banded reading books and the school library.