School Curriculum

School Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Year)

At Alfriston, pupils in the Reception Year follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 

For guidance on the standards that schools must meet for the learning, development and care of children under 5, please click here for the Department for Education website.

This curriculum is play based, and involves children self-selecting activities, whole class activities and small adult led activities by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.

We use Government guidance called Letters and Sounds to help teachers plan progression in phonic skills. For information on how we teach phonics please see Letters and Sounds DFES.  It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

The New National Curriculum (Years 1 – 6)

The Government has published a New National Curriculum for Years 1 - 6, implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.

For more details of the framework for the national curriculum at keys stages 1 and 2, please click here for the Department for Education website.

The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught. The curriculum does not dictate ‘how’ things are taught.  That is down to us!  At Alfriston, we mix a rich cross curricular approach to make learning fun and we make use of our fantastic local environment including links with the village community to enhance the children’s learning.

Throughout everything we do, the personal development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education to provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness and high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of diversity and richness of other cultures.  This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life.

For more information about the specific subject areas, please look in our prospectus.