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Curriculum Overview

Reed First School offers a broad and balanced curriculum that builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills and interests of all of our children.

Careful planning starts as soon as the children enter our school in the Foundation Stage using the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage and Development Matters  . The curriculum for our youngest pupils is mapped out with key skills, knowledge and vocabulary to be secured by the time they move in to Key Stage One. The planning and further detail around our practice in the Early Years can be found in our Foundation Stage page.

In Key Stage One and Two, the curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  Our curriculum is arranged over a two-year cycle to ensure curriculum coverage in our mixed age classes – while the focus of teaching each subject’s skills builds year on year.

Our curriculum is carefully mapped to ensure there are clear end points for each year and key stage in every curriculum area.  Our knowledge organisers focus even further on the skills, knowledge and vocabulary we want our children to retain as ‘sticky knowledge’ after each sequence of lessons.  The curriculum maps and examples of knowledge organisers are available in each curriculum subject page.  The knowledge organisers shared in our curriculum areas also keep that important partnership with parents active as the examples posted are being used in class now!

The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent, resilient and aspirational learners in readiness for their next stage of education and life.