At Langley Mill we are passionate about providing the children with a rich, broad and balanced curriculum across every year group. We carefully plan to provide the children a wide range of exciting, first-hand experiences and ensure we expose them to good language and quality literature across school. Reading is focused on within each year group and we teach daily phonics sessions, following the Sounds-Write guidance. Maths is also taught daily, following the White Rose scheme from reception onwards. RE follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus, enhanced by the Understanding Christianity resource, with standalone lessons taught weekly in reception, year one and year two. PE is also taught discretely, following the Derbyshire Do-Think-Feel PE and Gymastics resources to develop physical skills. Other subjects are taught through one main topic, to engage, excite and deepen learning.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework which sets the curriculum which all schools and early years’ providers must follow from birth to five years. At Langley Mill your child learns through play, in these seven areas of learning:
1. Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
2. Physical development (PD)
3. Communication and language (CL)
4. Literacy (L)
5. Mathematics (M)
6. Understanding the world (UW)
7. Expressive arts and design (EAD)
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) the children’s social skills are developed and a disposition towards learning encouraged that gives them a good start in their school life. Activities are carefully planned to encourage the children to become active learners through playing, exploring, creating and thinking. In our early years learning environments we meet the individual needs and interests of all our children by providing a balance between child-initiated learning, under the guidance of our staff, and activities that are planned and led by an adult.
The nursery and reception staff follow a thematic curriculum, providing learning opportunities across all seven areas through carefully selected topics. Our topics change each year to reflect the interests and needs of the children in any given cohort. However, usually these include work on ourselves, animals, weather/seasons, food, farms and growing, pets/animals and traditional stories.
Within EYFS we are very fortunate to have large outdoor areas attached to the nursery and reception classrooms where the children can take their learning outside whatever the weather. We also have a wildlife area, growing area, large field with adventure trail and other hard play spaced to encourage physical play.
Please take a look at the overviews of our early years foundation stage curriculum. For further information on the children’s learning throughout early years, please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher.
Key Stage One Curriculum (KS1)
Key stage one is the legal term for the two years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as year one and year two, when pupils are aged between five and seven years. This key stage normally covers pupils during infant school, although in some cases this might form part of a first or primary school.
You can find more information about the key stage one programmes of study here:
Our key stage one curriculum consists of themed topics which are mapped to the aims, skills and knowledge in the national curriculum programmes of study. English is developed daily through the topic and is integral to all subjects, giving children the opportunity to use their reading, writing and language skills across the curriculum. All lessons are also mapped to social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC), which includes aspects of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
We have designed our key stage one curriculum with enthusiasm and pride, ensuring it meets the needs of the children and gives them the best opportunities to meet the requirements of the national curriculum, through engaging and exciting lessons. The key stage one curriculum is broad and balanced and we are dedicated to ensuring that through this curriculum, all of our children are able to maximise their true potential during their valuable time at our school.
Please take a look at the overviews below showing our full key stage one curriculum. We have also provided key performance indicators for English and Maths, showing age related expectations for children in years one and two in these core areas. For further information on the children’s learning, please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher.