Overview of the Curriculum
Our curriculum has at its focus the Literacy curriculum with other subjects timetabled to fit in with this area of study. Our curriculum plan for each year group can be downloaded here.
The Curriculum Plan
The Foundation Stage Curriculum at John E. Batty School
Children in the Foundation Stage Unit at John E. Batty School are working within the curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage as outlined in the Early Tears Foundation Stage document. Children work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) within the following six areas of learning:
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Mathematical Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Creative Development
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The ELGs set high expectations for the end of the Foundation Stage, but they are expectations that are achievable for most of the children who have followed a relevant curriculum as offered at John E. Batty. The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum.
We are also very proud that our foundation stage at JEB has gained a Leading Aspect Award, recognising the quality of our innovative practice and teaching.
The Key Stage 1 Curriculum
When children leave the Foundation Stage they enter Key Stage One. This phase lasts two years (Year 1 & Year 2). The Key Stage One Team aims to provide an outstanding education for children of all abilities and backgrounds, where each child receives a variety of focused experiences relevant to their age and level of understanding. These experiences are based on the National Curriculum and Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The children will be taught four Core Subjects:- Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and Science. In addition to these subjects are the Foundation SubjectsR.E, P.E, Geography, History, Music, D.T, Art and P.S.H.E. Lessons often incorporate teaching in more than one area of the curriculum but Literacy and Numeracy are at the core of our work. We believe that children learn most effectively if they are taught in a well-managed, secure and happy classroom where the atmosphere is calm and purposeful.
Each child has a different starting point and staff place a great emphasis on the individuals readiness to take on new experiences. Targets for development are drawn up and continually reviewed throughout Key Stage One. In June, the year one children's phonic skills are assessed against the national standard. In May of Year Two children undertake their SATs assessments in English and Mathematics.
The Key Stage 2 Curriculum
Key Stage Two follows the same ethos of caring for the individual, and recognises that by the age of eleven, children will have reached different levels of attainment. We endeavour to create an enjoyable learning environment, maximising the attainment of all children and promoting high standards.
In addition to teaching the Core and Foundation subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education, we aim to provide additional opportunities and experiences.
These may include:-
- working with authors, musicians, artists and sportsmen/women,
- visiting the theatre and museum,
- having the opportunity to play a musical instrument,
- going on a residential visit,
- being on the School Council
- becoming a member of the many after school and lunch time clubs.
JEB Currilculum Long Term Plan All in one.pdf (308k)