At Haberdashers' Crayford Primary, we have designed our curriculum around three key areas: ourselves, our community and our world.
Pupils develop a deep understanding of themselves and where they fit into the wider world. Our aim is for children to leave KS1 with an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. They primarily focus on their health and develop an understanding of the school values and a sense of belonging within our school community. As pupils progress through KS2, they continue to focus on their place in the wider world in order to flourish as global citizens with a deep knowledge of how work and economic growth can lead to future success.
See our whole school curriculum overview map for more information on the curriculum subjects for each year group
Early Years Foundation: Nursery and Reception
We provide interesting experiences that are appropriate for our Nursery and Reception classes, basing all the experiences we offer around the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
We offer each unique child the opportunity to learn indoors and out, as we help your child towards achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year.
When planning for children’s learning we consider their stage of development within three prime areas and four specific areas of learning outlined below.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
Reading and writing are taught through the daily use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme.
- provide a safe, secure and inspiring environment with a happy, welcoming atmosphere.
- provide experiences that are broad and balanced and offer equal opportunities to all children.
- promote personal and social competence and children develop positive attitudes towards each other.
- monitor and document children's progress through regular observation, photographs, and collected pieces of work, collated in individual learning journals. This process helps us identify the next steps in their learning. Parents are invited to collaborate in this process and share information through discussion.
- recognise that play is child's work; it is how they learn about the world in which they are growing up and it can be very intense. Play helps children to learn and develop through doing and talking, exploring and investigating and by creating and experimenting.
- plan a range of play activities and experiences, which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development. There is a careful balance between child led and adult led experiences, and are all designed to develop the whole child.
Key Stage 1 (KS1) – Years 1 and 2
The children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship. The transition from reception to Year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where Year 1 children learn through play and whilst continuing to use the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to develop the child’s learning and social development.
English and mathematics are taught daily and children also receive daily guided reading sessions.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics (read, write, inc) and supported by a structured reading scheme.
Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs.
Key Stage 2 (KS2) – Years 3-6
KS2 is the area of the school that focuses on the care and education of pupils aged between 7 – 11 years.
Our aim is to give our children the best possible preparation for their transition to secondary school. We do this by striving for high academic standards in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science while encouraging children to become collaborative learners and responsible British citizens.
English and mathematics are taught daily, following the primary National Curriculum that was introduced in 2014.
- teachers choose texts that will inspire and motivate their children whilst ensuring coverage of a full range of genres and skills, which are taught throughout each year
- a reading session to develop comprehension skills, is carried out daily
- teachers ensure maths concepts are taught and contextualised and that the children are given opportunities to practice and apply their maths skills in real life problem solving situations
- teachers recognise the importance of fluency in maths therefore mental maths is taught in a focused but fun way in which the children regularly try and beat their own mental maths speed
- Students take part in mental maths competition and challenges.
Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs are identified and interventions put into place to help address their needs.
At the end of Key Stage 2, our children take a Standard Assessment Test (SATs) in mathematics, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Their writing is assessed against national standards.