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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
October 8 2016

FS2 Curriculum

Governors At St Albert The Great

In our Foundation Stage Unit our FS1 (Nursery) and FS2 (Reception) children work alongside each other. We split across two carpets areas for Busy Fingers, Collective Worship and Disco Dough.

Our Foundation Stage Unit daily routine includes the following activities:

  • ‘Busy Finger Activities’ are set up to encourage children to develop their Fine Motor Skills.  Such activities might include; lacing, threading, construction, cutting or puzzles.
  • During ‘Collective Worship’ children ‘Gather‘ together and listen to the ‘Word‘ from the Bible.  The children are given time to ‘Respond to the Word’ and then discuss a ‘Mission’ to enable to them to go forth and spread God’s Word.  Children have opportunities throughout the year to plan their own ‘Child Lead Collective Worship’ sessions.
  • The ‘Daily Mile’ is a great way to keep the children fit and healthy and develops their Gross Motor Skills.  We sometimes do ‘Cosmic Yoga’, ‘Wake and Shake’, ‘Fitness Challenges’ or ‘Action Rhymes’ instead of running a Daily Mile.
  • ‘Disco Dough’ activities help develop our fine motor skills and hand/arm strength, which will help with our writing.
  • Planned ‘Adult Led’ and ‘Independent’ Group Activities are used to teach new skills to the children.
  •  During Child Initiated Learning time children have access to our ‘Snack Station’. Children are encouraged to access their healthy snack independently and they sit together while they eat.  They learn about hygiene and the importance of washing their hands before they eat.
  • Uninterrupted ‘Child Initiated Learning’ sessions allow children the opportunity to select resources independently and apply and embed all the learning that they have been taught

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we focus on learning through play.  Our timetable is a balance of Adult Led and Child Initated activites, covering all 7 areas of development and RE:

– Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

– Communication and Language (CL)

– Physical Development (PD)

– Literacy (L)

– Mathmatics (M)

– Understanding of the World (UW)

– Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

– RE

Phonics

In our daily phonics lessons we follow the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) program. In Reception, the children begin with a revision of Phase 1. They then work their way through Phases 2-4. During each lesson, they revise the sounds and use their phonic knowledge to help them to read and write words. Please see below for more information on the progression of the program. 

Please also see the below glossary of terms associated with the teaching of the scheme.

Our Yearly Curriculum Overview

The topics planned so far are listed below but are likely to change depending on the interests of the children in the cohort.  They may be short, one or two week topics or may last for the whole half term.  We may also adapt our learning to fit in with the current news or weather e.g. a snowy day

Please click on the link below to download our Curriculum Overview for this year.

Please find below a copy of our EYFS Curriculum information document.