Reception builds upon the curriculum covered in the Nursery and is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We take a cross-curricular approach to inspire the children and promote deep and memorable learning. We use a themed approach, with key texts at the heart of our themes and with outings to inspire and motivate learning.
As a School and Nursery we follow the Department for Education approved Twinkl Phonics scheme.
Year 1 & 2
We have a creative approach to learning in Year 1 and 2 whilst also covering the skills of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is ambitious, ensuring we personalise the learning for individuals to learn at their pace. With small class sizes, we are able to provide the children with broader learning experiences which promote curiosity and enthusiasm.
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. It plays a key role in all areas of school life.
The aims of assessment are as follows:
- To clarify pupils’ understanding and areas of weakness
- To plan activities to meet the needs of a pupil
- To nurture pupils’ learning and identify areas for further work
- To evaluate teaching and inform future planning
- To inform and report progress to pupils, parents and other staff
At The Villa we assess rigorously in many different ways, using both summative and formative assessments to monitor both individual pupil progress and whole school outcomes, and we share progress with parents through multiple reports through the academic year.
We are committed to providing outstanding teaching and learning for our pupils and assessment is vital to our children’s progress.
EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS
We have a wide range of extra-curricular clubs on offer during the school year which run from 3:30-4:30pm. These change termly (available to Reception children from the Spring Term) and availability will vary depending on the year group and type of activity. They provide all children with opportunities and experiences beyond the classroom. We feel it is vital for the children to explore a range of activities to develop interests and future talent.
Examples of clubs:
In addition to our extra-curricular clubs, we also have wrap-around care so that children can join us for breakfast club at 8am and stay for after school care (including tea) until 6pm. This is a relaxed environment with a wide range of activities planned on a daily basis, responding to the interests of the children. Breakfast club and after school care can be booked for the whole year, term or on an ad‑hoc basis.