Starting school is an important event in a child’s life. At Long Ditton we try to make it as enjoyable and relaxed as possible. We offer all children preliminary visits to the Nursery and Reception classes before they start school. For these visits a parent or another close adult accompanies the child. All Nursery children and children in the Reception classes who did not attend the Nursery will also be visited by their teacher at home. This gives us the opportunity to get to know your child and helps your child settle quickly and smoothly at school. All children start Nursery/Reception in the autumn term. The intake is carefully staggered to assist the child in settling in to what we hope is a very happy, secure and profitable beginning to their time at Long Ditton.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage is the name given to the Nursery and Reception years. It is called the Foundation Stage because it underpins all future learning. Children learn best by doing things that they really enjoy so most of the activities are play based, active and fun. The activities are also carefully planned to develop new skills and areas of knowledge. Our skilled staff continually assess children so they may successfully facilitate what the child’s next learning step should be. At the end of Reception, the children are assessed against a national comparisons to make sure that they have made good progress during the two foundation years and achieve the Early Learning Goals. The children in these classes follow the National Foundation Stage Curriculum specially written for young children.
Key Stage 1
From the Foundation Stage the curriculum changes gradually and smoothly into Year 1 and then Year 2. Whilst the ethos and philosophy remain the same, there is also a gradual shift in classroom organisation as the children mature, allowing time for introducing more formal skills within the National Curriculum. With Long Ditton St Marys Junior School being so near we are fortunate in being able to liaise with staff to enable a similarly smooth transition between the infant and junior years. The topics are carefully planned and co-ordinated throughout the school, so that during their time in school we can ensure that all children have access to breadth within the National Curriculum. Information on each class topic is sent home to parents at the beginning of every term.
Within each class, as in the Early Years, there will usually be a variety of different tasks offered to the children. Class teachers will spend some time each week working with individual children and small groups as well as the whole class. Children’s progress is recorded and tracked termly. This ensures that they are given work at the right level to extend their knowledge. At the end of Year 2, class teachers assess each child in English, Mathematics and Science and use the Standard Assessment Tasks (S.A.Ts) to check their assessments. The results of these assessments are reported to parents.
From the Nursery through to year two we use a structured Phonic scheme called Read, Write Inc. This is a highly organised and dedicated reading scheme that introduces phonics to children through exciting lessons and reading activities. We use whole school assessments to group children according to their needs and the whole teaching staff are trained in how to deliver the lessons. More information about our structured phonic programme can be found at www.focusonphonics.co.uk .
Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
We aim to create a school ethos that supports all children whatever the nature of their difficulty; physical, emotional or learning. All children are valued and taught respect and tolerance for one another. Together with parents, we aim to identify children’s needs at an early age and provide help/support so that they can develop their skills and abilities.
Our SENDCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) works in partnership with parents, class teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that children with SEN are set appropriate targets and receive additional assistance, where appropriate, to enable them to make good progress. The school has forged excellent links with external agencies. We provide a supportive atmosphere where the achievement and success of all children is recognised and valued. We have high expectations of all our pupils and work towards developing independent learners.
At Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School we deliver an inspiring and creative curriculum which enriches children’s knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. We ensure that all areas of the curriculum are underpinned with the teaching of the school’s Values and ethos. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and taught in a variety of ways including whole class lessons, collaborative small groups or individually, both in the classroom and outdoors. Progression and continuity are carefully planned for, focusing on key knowledge and skills for each year group in each subject. Our intention is to inspire each child to be the best that they can be and to ensure that our children have an excellent understanding of skills that underpin learning for life. Links are made across different areas of learning and flexible timetabling allows us to deliver subjects in a fluid way, ensuring that learning is maximised. We fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as providing additional enrichment experiences and extra-curricular opportunities for our pupils.
How the Curriculum is organised
The methods of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum are continually being reviewed to ensure all the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and RE are met.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
This covers the six Early Learning Goals:-
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Physical development
- Creative development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Independent learning is an extremely valuable part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum – this is followed through into KS1 as necessary.
The National Curriculum
- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
Curriculum Coverage and Progression
Please click on the links below to view each subjects yearly overview and plan for our school.
For more detail about each individual subject and policies please see the Curriculum drop down menu.