At Abbeys we believe that all children are entitled to a curriculum that enables them to learn about the world they live in now, the world as it has changed over time and to prepare them for the world they will become part of as adults, whatever the future may hold for them.
Our Foundation children are provided with a curriculum that supports them to develop the seven areas of learning in line with the statutory requirements for the Foundation Stage. These areas are separated into the three prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language) and four specific areas (Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design). The children learn through a range of play-based and adult-led activities inside and outside, using engaging curriculum themes.
As part of Literacy, we use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme in Foundation Stage, and through to Key Stage 1.
All staff are trained to ensure the consistent delivery of phonics in small groups.
As we currently have vertically grouped classes, the children are separated into three year groups across the school, Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6. Each year group has carefully chosen topic themes over a two year cycle that will allow the school to teach the statutory requirements for each subject and year group, whilst also ensuring that the topics are creative, imaginative and lead to a high standard of learning. Children will have the opportunity to learn about these topics in engaging ways, such as using the outside environment, going on trips and meeting visitors to the school, experiencing hook days to introduce the topics and displaying their work at the end as part of a display or event for all to share.