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In the early years at South Borough, children experience the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This curriculum divides into six areas of learning:
Teachers plan a rich and stimulating range of experiences to promote enthusiasm for knowledge and children’s ability to co-operate and work harmoniously with their peers.
Children take part in adult-led learning experiences as well as learning experiences arising from their own investigation and interests. Children explore the indoor and outdoor environment in imaginative ways using their senses and a range of practical equipment. These activities provide vital experiences for developing the fundamental skills of speaking and listening, recognising and writing letters and words, sorting, matching and counting. In addition, children listen to stories and engage in daily reading and writing. They learn to write about their own experiences as well as the planned activities. Daily mathematics sessions enable children to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space. Physical activities promote physical fitness, co-ordination and enable children to find out how their bodies work.
Parents are invited into the start of sessions each day to undertake activities with their children and celebrate their children’s achievements.
From Year One onwards, children at South Borough are involved in planned programmes of work in line with the National Curriculum. The subjects covered are English, mathematics, science, design and technology, information and communication technology, history, geography, art, music and physical education. Religious Education is taught using the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The school teaches French in the juniors. Children are taught one hour of French each week.
As children progress through Key Stage 1 (5 to 7 years of age) and Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years of age), the tasks will become more demanding in line with children’s increasing knowledge and skills. Subjects listed are taught either as separate subject lessons or as cross-curricular projects or themes. Examples include the ‘Seaside’ and ‘Ancient Greeks’, ‘What things are made of’. The teaching methods used are those that we consider most effective for the ideas studied.