At Acorn Academy, much of our learning and teaching is designed to comply with the demands of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum. Children learn through discovery, reasoning and thought and we give them a wide variety of experiences so that they learning to formulate their own ideas and observations. We teach children phonics using 'Phonics International' and we use reading books from a variety of reading schemes that are organised into colour bands in each classroom. Learning is based on a thematic approach with tasks planned around the children's interests. Although we follow the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, we remain flexible in our approach to respond to the direction of learning chosen by the children. Weekly updates are shared with parents via the school's 'Learning Links' newsletter. The pace of learning will vary according to the age and ability of the children. Our main aim is that all children, from whatever background and with whatever difficulties or advantages, may experience a sense of achievement in our care. We also aim to teach children how they learn in order to give them the necessary skills to develop into lifelong learners.
Early Years Foundation Stage (nursery and Year R)
The Early Years Foundation Stage provides a curriculum for our children between three and five years old. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning:
The philosophy of the Early Years Foundation Stage is that children learn best through play and by promoting active, exploratory and practical experiences. All the activities involve sensory and relevant life experiences, which engage children in the fun and joy of learning.
Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2)
Key Stage One provides a curriculum for our pupils aged between five and seven years old. All infant schools are required to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which includes ten national curriculum subjects and religious education:
Children learn through a theme that they choose as a class. This ensures that their learning is real to them and engages them from the beginning. A theme may be as short as a day or as long as a term. We also have several curriculum days or weeks throughout the school year. Details of these can be found on the calendar tab.
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