During the current academic year we have developed a 'recovery' curriculum to support children through the current pandemic. In the first part of the autumn term, when all pupils returned to school following the first period of lockdown, we built our curriculum around the Education for Safeguarding (E4S), PSHE curriculum builder designed by West Sussex. From the second half of the Autumn term we have continued to build our curriculum around quality texts.
We have a two year rolling curriculum with paired year groups sharing a similar learning journey in English, History, Geography, Art and DT.
RE, Science, Computing and PSHE are taught in single year groups. See our Long Term Plans (LTP) below for more detail.
Our Foundation Stage builds on the learning experiences your child will have had in their pre-school setting.
We work hard to ensure a good transition into school and do this by working closely with pre-school staff and parents to build a picture of each child’s interests and their preferred learning styles.
We follow the EYFS curriculum which is a statutory requirement. We plan activities based on child centred learning.
There are seven areas of the curriculum which are split into prime and specific.
Prime areas include:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
- Physical Development and
- Speaking and Listening.
Specific areas include;
- Literacy (writing and reading),
- Mathematical development,
- Understanding the World and
- Expressive Arts and Design.
We plan for the seven areas across our indoor and outdoor learning environments. The Early year’s environment is a brand new purpose built classroom which has use of outdoor facilities.
There is an emphasis placed on the prime areas of the curriculum and the specific areas are taught daily through an integrated approach. We believe that each child is unique and will begin their reception year from a different starting point. We make observing children’s interests a key point of our daily practice so we can plan next steps for each individual.
At Eastergate we plan a fun and engaging curriculum linked to the children’s interests as much as we can. Reading is taught through the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme and a range of supporting materials including: Oxford Reading Tree, Story worlds and non-fiction material. We incorporate early phonics skills and maths skills into everyday life.
In KS1 we offer a creative, broad and balanced curriculum that inspires, motivates and engages children in learning. We believe first hand experiences are essential to give purpose, relevance and meaning to learning. Teachers plan to ensure a progression of skills along with the necessary support and challenges for children to become confident and succeed. Wherever possible, cross curricular links are made and to meet these aims, teachers plan Learning Journeys (topics) each term which cover a range of subjects as well as provide memorable learning experiences. Please see the class half termly letters for more information.
The children's learning is enriched by planning events such as dance experiences, book days, locality walks and day visits to e.g. the Toy Museum (Brighton), the Weald and Downland Museum.
In KS2 our Curriculum is balanced and broad-based and includes the requirements of the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum comprises of the four core subjects: Mathematics, English, Science and Computing. All children across Key Stage 2 are taught Maths using the White Rose maths resources. This is to ensure that they are taught at an appropriate level to their current attainment. English is taught in a class-based setting, where the content is both discrete and linked to the class topic. Lower Key Stage 2 continues to build on phonics work from Key Stage 1 to develop further children's spelling and punctuation skills. The Science curriculum is shared across the whole of Key Stage 2 and where possible is linked to class themes and topics. The National Curriculum objectives for computing are taught as a dedicated subject for each year group (Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Other ICT skills are practised and developed in each class through cross-curricular subjects.
Each child in Key Stage 2 has a balanced programme of Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Swimming as part of their PE.
The foundation subjects of Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and Art are taught through class topics.
Religious Education is taught by class teachers and children are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and ideas as part of their learning. We follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and Understanding Christianity. From time to time we have whole school 'immersion days' where children have the opportunity to work with children from other year groups and explore a particular theme or celebration in the Christian calendar.
Personal, Health, Social and Education (P.H.S.C.E.) forms part of our curriculum throughout the school. The PSHCE curriculum has been devised by the staff to cover the main issues affecting the children locally. For example, safety, life choices and economic life skills. A copy of our school’s Sex Education policy is available from the school.