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The Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in Class 1 follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which includes the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

At the end of the Reception year, children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals to determine whether they have the skills, knowledge and understanding expected for their age. The school will also evaluate how well children demonstrate the following characteristics of effective learning:

By playing and exploring:

  • finding out and exploring
  • playing with what they know
  • being willing to have a go

Through active learning:

  • being involved and concentrating
  • keeping on trying
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do

By creating and thinking critically:

  • having their own ideas
  • making links
  • working with ideas

The themes that children learn through during the course of the year are informed by their own suggestions and interests. Activities are planned on a topic-led basis to make the most of their enthusiasm and engagement.

The curriculum map for EYFS (Class 1 in our school) only includes a pre-planned theme for the first half of the autumn term, after which the children’s interests will determine the topics followed. The map will be updated each half term throughout the year.

The National Curriculum

Pupils in Years 1-6 follow the national curriculum programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2, which include the following subjects:

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation Subjects:

  • Computing
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Languages (Years 3-6 only)
  • Music
  • PE

Schools are also required to teach RE and at St Anne’s Fulshaw we follow the Cheshire East Agreed Syllabus.

The national curriculum is just one aspect of the education of each child and here at St Anne’s Fulshaw we take a highly creative approach to the development of each individual pupil. The curriculum here is enriched and enhanced through visits and visitors, extra-curricular activities, themed days and weeks, citizenship and community focused activities and residential events for pupils.

Because we have mixed age classes, our learning themes and topics are planned in a rolling format over three years (A, B and C). Where possible we encourage the children to decide the focus of their learning within a theme or topic as we know that this increases their level of engagement and subsequently raises the standards that they achieve. As pupils and staff plan together, the learning focus for each term will be planned out in more detail. 2021-22 is Year B.

We are very lucky to have a music specialist teacher, who teaches weekly lessons for all pupils and leads the termly performances and shows. Music lessons are planned to support the themes chosen by staff and pupils and over half of the pupils in our school take part in additional instrumental music lessons or the choir.

German and French are taught to pupils in Years 3-6 by a specialist teacher from Wilmslow High School. This ensures that our pupils have an excellent start in their learning which is continued seamlessly as they move into the secondary sector. During the course of the year infant pupils also have a chance to experience some languages taster sessions in preparation for weekly sessions in the junior classes.

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St Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary

Nursery Lane,

Main Contact: Ms Clare Daniel (Headteacher)

Tel: 01625 523536

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