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Key Stages

Foundation Stage 

During the Foundation Years much of the work is developed through play—play which is purposeful and structured so that your child will learn actively from the six areas of learning and experience for young children (Personal and Social Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Developments and Creative Developments).

Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7  Year Groups 1 and 2)    

The KS1 curriculum covers the breadth of the National Curriculum; English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Citizenship, Social and Health Education (P.C.S.H.E).  Your child will learn and refine skills in a safe and stimulating environment. Structured tasks will allow your child to build concepts, sort and absorb knowledge and to achieve success in the tasks attempted. These tasks will be suited to each child’s need. Support and encouragement are given as and when appropriate.  Importance is put on developing social skills and interaction, so that children are able to operate as individuals or in groups. They learn to listen, to follow instructions and to interact positively with each other. Their natural curiosity will be encouraged to question and to explore their immediate surroundings. They will learn to control their bodies and develop fine motor skills.  We employ a variety of teaching methods, from individual teaching to formal class lessons, to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum accessible to each child.

Key Stage 2  (Age 7-11  Year Groups 3 to 6)

The KS2 curriculum also covers the breadth of the National Curriculum.  Cross-curricular topics are planned to make work meaningful and to develop opportunities to use skills across the subjects. There will also be single subject teaching. We aim to offer a rich, varied, inspiring diet and encourage every child to achieve their full potential as individual learners.

 

Physical Education.  Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence.  Milldene has excellent facilities for all activities—we have a good playing field for hockey, football, rounders, athletics and kwik-cricket; there is also a netball court.  All children swim weekly in the school pool during the second half of the summer term. Our pool is an outdoor, heated pool and we employ a swimming teacher for the lessons.  Children are also able to participate in a number of after school clubs run at different times of the year.  The children have access to several sports' coaches and a variety of competitive games and tournaments are entered.  We are fortunate in having staff and parents who give time, energy and transport to make these occasions possible.

Religious Education.  The children are encouraged to respond to pattern, order and beauty in the world. They are taught to behave with consideration to others and to develop tolerance. Whilst our work is predominantly Christian, we also teach the children about Judaism and Hinduism. We follow the County agreed syllabus, and together we celebrate the main Christian festivals, to which parents are invited to join us.  We hold an assembly every day, either whole school or separate assemblies for Infants and Juniors, when worship takes place. The children are given the opportunity to join in with prayers and to think quietly.

Please note: Parents who wish their children to be withdrawn from collective worship and RE should consult with the Head Teacher and arrangements will be made.

Science.  Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills. The children observe and describe what they see, pose questions and try out their own hypotheses.