Early Years Foundation Stage
Children start school in the September after their 4th birthday. Some will have had more experience of nursery or pre-school settings than others. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is tailored to take account of this and staff are experienced at assessing the needs of each child as they progress. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
These are not subjects in themselves; however, they provide a framework for children’s learning and continuing assessment. Children learn through a variety of play-based tasks, structured to provide a wide range of learning opportunities.
We firmly believe that these lay the foundation for the future, encouraging early independence and positive attitudes towards learning.
We recognise that starting school can be daunting for some children - and their parents/carers. We run a programme of visits to the school during the summer term preceding their start, and once they begin, liaise with parents/carers to ensure the children settle quickly into the full life of school. Our youngest children enjoy the great advantage of a separate
playground equipped with an excellent range of equipment. From here they are introduced to the big playground with support from the teaching staff.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
The National Curriculum provides a framework for the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding that underpins future learning. Lessons are organised around half-termly topics into which all subjects are integrated.
Religious Education is a separate subject and has its own scheme of work provided by the Diocese of Southwark. Parents/carers have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education if they choose.
Teachers adopt a variety of strategies when planning each lesson, and after introducing a new topic may then divide the class into small groups according to ability or other criteria linked to the learning.
A wide variety of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic aids is used to expand the children’s understanding. Teaching Assistants support the Year R classes every afternoon and intervention groups are run by Teaching Assistants every afternoon in Key Stage 1 to support learning.
We hold an act of worship in assembly each morning when the school comes together as a community to share common interests. Sometimes a class will lead assembly sharing something of interest that they have been learning about.
As a Church School our Christian and moral beliefs are intrinsic within the ethos of the school. Children are encouraged to show care and consideration and to think and help others less fortunate than themselves.
The Rector of the Parish visits the school regularly and parents are invited to share in school services held at St Peter’s Church, Limpsfield.
Discipline and Behaviour
We believe good discipline is essential to effective learning and have a clear behaviour policy. These rules were devised by the children of the School Council:
- We will walk at all times when inside the school building, looking in the direction we are walking.
- We use very quiet voices inside the school building so as not to disturb others.
- When walking through doorways, we wait our turn sensibly if others are there first.
- We try to be considerate and thoughtful at all times, for example by hanging up fallen coats.
- We will keep our cloakroom, classroom and shared areas tidy.
- We will take care of school equipment.
- We will ask permission to leave the classroom, playground or common.
Special effort, success, kindness and good manners are rewarded with praise and encouragement.
Unacceptable behaviour is dealt with quickly, firmly and with understanding.
We have a clear anti-bullying policy and any incident, or indeed potential problem, is taken extremely seriously.