Foundation Stage (Reception) -The Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first stage of the National Curriculum preceding Key Stage 1. It begins when children reach the age of 3 years and continues to the end of the Reception year, when they are five. Our curriculum covers six areas of learning which are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy development; Mathematics; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development. The class teacher builds upon the work that may have taken place in pre-school or Nursery and this is recorded.
Year 1 – 6 -The school broadly follows the National Curriculum: however, we teach within themes wherever possible to develop links in learning. We follow a skills based progressive curriculum where the skills are differentiated and taught to the children through a themed topic. Over a school year all children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (Years One to Six) follow a planned curriculum and are taught the three ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as Computing and R.E. (Religious Education). The foundation subjects of D.T. (Design Technology), History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and P.E. (Physical Education) are also taught. French is taught in the KS2 classes.
Teaching and Learning - The curriculum is skills and knowledge based and planned on a 2 year cycle. Currently there are always at least 3 themes running in school: FS2, KS1 and KS2. Recent themes have included ‘Roses & Castles’ (Canals), ‘Fairy Tales’,‘Tombs & Temples’, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and ‘Ship-shape & Bristol Fashion’. These are planned to ensure that the skills children need are taught, whilst an interest in learning is fostered through a cross-curricular approach. The knowledge that the children need to acquire for the different subjects is carefully imparted through the planned themes. Skills-based teaching covers those skills required for particular subjects (such as investigations and fair testing skills in Science), but also include others such as being able to work collaboratively and having the resilience and resourcefulness to stick with a challenging task and work out a way to solve a problem for themselves. We believe these key skills are vital to help children develop into life-long learners.
The National Curriculum defines the material that has to be covered in all subjects and copies of this, our policies and schemes of work can be seen in school. A variety of teaching methods are used – sometimes the children will be working independently, sometimes in small groups and at other times as a whole class. Care is taken to adjust the work to cater for all the children at all levels, the more able children and those who may have special educational needs and require a little more support to achieve their potential.
At Pewsey Primary School, we believe that children learn best when they enjoy their learning and are interested in what they are learning. Please come and visit us and witness for yourselves the vibrant classrooms and the enjoyment that the children have for their learning.
Reading is taught mainly using the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme.
Please view the schools Curriculum Policy
On each of the class pages you can view the recent curriculum map that maps out the theme and curriculum coverage for the current term. If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, don't hesitate to speak to the class teacher or Mrs Gilbert.
Pewsey Primary School is committed to promoting understanding of the principles and practices of equality and justice. We aim to equip our children with an awareness of our diverse society and to appreciate the value of difference. This may be considered as gender, beliefs, culture, race, sexuality, disability, and/or ability. (please view the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy for more details)