Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The school is guided by the policies of the Local Authority and by the requirements of the National Curriculum. The teaching of literacy and numeracy are given a very high priority at Reed First School, and we aim to exceed Government targets. Work is planned thoughtfully to encourage our children to achieve their potential. Considerable …

Foundation Stage

The foundation stage curriculum is based on active leaning through play and experimental investigation. There are opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults and also those they initiate themselves and for teaching and learning, both indoors and outdoors. The children will work in large groups, in small groups and individually with a …

English Grammar

English

The importance of literacy, including speaking and listening, reading and writing cannot be underestimated. We aim to provide the pupils with the skills and knowledge to be able to speak, listen, read and write to the very best of their ability. We endeavour to help our children converse clearly with each other and adults and …

Mathematics

Numeracy is a fundamental building block of a child’s education, and we follow the national curriculum for Mathematics. We aim for all our children to feel happy dealing with and using numbers in everyday situations. We achieve this by providing the children with a broad and balanced curriculum. Please see below each year group’s course …

Science

The science curriculum is taught through topics. The areas studied include living things, physical processes and the natural world. Each class works on a two-year cycle to ensure full coverage of the Science curriculum. Emphasis is placed on first-hand experiences. Pupils are also taught to question, investigate and form reasoned conclusions.  

Design Technology

Art & Design

The Art and Design curriculum is structured in termly units as well as forming integral parts of the topic work. It is taught on a two year cycle. Art stimulates creativity and imagination, and provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Through Art activities the children use colour, tone, form, texture, shape, pattern and line, and …

Nursery Class

Computing

ICT is an integral part of future life, for which we aim to prepare our children. It is taught as a discrete subject as well as being used as appropriate across the curriculum. We have networked computers in all classrooms. For some lessons the children are working with individual laptops. Our range of hardware and …

Design & Technology

  Under review

Foreign Language

  Under review.

Geography

Geography is taught through a variety of cross-curricular topics. In Geography, each Key Stage has a curriculum plan, which sometimes involves Jackson, our school bear, who enjoys being taken on holiday with the children and likes to be photographed in the places he visits. Also he loves receiving postcards from the children and friends of …

Columbus

History

History is taught through a variety of cross-curricular topics. In History children develop an understanding of chronology and are taught the skills to enable them to investigate the past. Areas within the topic based approach include Famous People and Events, seaside holidays, toys, the Romans and Greeks. The topics covered at Key Stage Two are the …

Recorders

Music

Music is taught both on a cross-curricular basis and as a discrete subject. Children have the opportunity to learn about the elements of music, composition, and musical appreciation. Performing has a high priority. As part of the Wider Opportunities in Music scheme, children in Year 3 learn musical skills through playing the tenor horn. Children …

Outside Class

Physical Education

Our achievement of the National Healthy Schools Status demonstrates our commitment to helping children understand the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Through our membership of the North East Hertfordshire Sports Partnership we are able to provide a broad and balanced curriculum offering many areas of PE. We frequently have visiting sports specialists and …

PSHE

This permeates all aspects of our school life through our ethos and organisation. Throughout the year we participate in a number of fund-raising events for charities both local and world-wide. We are also involved with village life and events in the surrounding area. PSHE and Citizenship is also taught as a subject area on the …

Church

Religious Education

Arrangements for the Act of Collective Worship and for Religious Education are made by the school in accordance with the requirements of the 1988 Education Act. We follow the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education, but parents may, if they wish, withdraw their children from the arrangements for Worship and Religious Education if such requests …