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Curriculum

The curriculum at The Langley Academy Primary is designed to offer a broad and balanced educational experience, based on first-hand experiential learning.

 

The key foci will be:

  • Museum Learning
  • Science
  • Sustainability
  • Internationalism

 

These will enable pupils to receive rich learning experiences, suitable for 21st century and meeting the future needs of the children.

 

In Early Years, the curriculum will be based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance. Children in Early Years learn through play; learning opportunities become meaningful from the support of talented support. Although long-term plans are in place, curriculum opportunities are tailored to build on the interests and needs of the children. Our curriculum is definitely child-centred.

 

The EYFS curriculum is based on Three Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development This essential area will help children to develop an understanding of their emotions as well as building their self-esteem.
  • Communication and Language Key skills in speaking, listening and understanding are developed.
  • Physical Development Co-ordination, control, balance, manipulation, movement and an understanding of being healthy will be developed.

 

There are also four Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

The school day will ensure that pupils are given creative opportunities to develop these skills both indoors and outdoors, through a variety of topics. We enrich topics by making use of trips and visits as well as inviting experts into our school.

 

Phonics:

All letters have a phonetical sound. These sounds vary according to the combination of letters, in English we have 26 letters and 44 sounds. Learning phonics, the sound each letter (or group of letters make) is one of the building blocks to reading.

 

At TLAP, children in Reception, Year 1 and Nursery receive daily phonics lessons based on Read, Write Inc. This phonic development program builds on children’s knowledge to ensure they are able to read with greater fluency and understanding. To help familiarise them with the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, we ensure children can also decode nonsense words.

To ensure we deliver the program consistently and accurately, we work closely with our RWI training coordinator, this also includes termly visits. To date, children are making very good progress.

 

Talk for Writing:

To support the development of writing, children need to have a repertoire of stories that they can retell orally. Talk for Writing supports this, children will learn to retell a range of traditional texts, supported through story maps. Once the story is learnt, children are invited to modify it or ‘innovate’ their own version. One of the main advantages of Talk for Writing, is that children become familiar with the steps needed to build a story – as such, they always have something to write. In addition to supporting children’s ability to write, talk for writing aids the development of children’s vocabulary.

 

Maths:

There are many different aspects to a maths curriculum, including:

  • Number
  • Shape, Space and Measures
  • To develop children’s foundation number skills we introduce children to Numicon.

 

Numicon is a practical approach to developing mathematical knowledge. Children are able to use a range of apparatus to physically represent numbers. This helps children to develop their mathematical reasoning because they can talk about what they see. From the earliest days, Numicon works as a basis for investigating number properties (eg odd and even), multiplication facts and algebra.

This secure basis places pupils in good stead for developing their mathematical knowledge beyond EYFS.

 

EYFS Plans:

Please click here to find details of the Early Years 2015/16 curriculum.