The children in Year R and Pre-School follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This comprises of 7 areas of learning: the 3 Prime areas - Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and the 4 Specific areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Curriculum Progression Documents:
Our Curriculum statement:
At Totternhoe CE Academy, our Curriculum prepares our children to ASPIRE!
Totternhoe CE Academy ASPIRE curriculum encourages and enables our children to be:
Aspirational – in their outlook, aiming to be the best they can be, achieving their goals for the future
Successful – in achieving/celebrating individual, step-by-step challenges in all areas of learning
Prepared for life – through their personal development of Christian values, equipping them for life in our multi-cultural society; through being confident and skilled in using and applying their learning in our ever-changing, technologically advancing world
Independent – learners who are self-motivated and take responsibility for their learning; confident in managing themselves, their feelings and their belongings
Resilient– recognising and embracing the positive opportunities for personal growth and learning offered by facing challenges
Empowered – by encouragement, growing confidence and self-awareness of their own strengths, to be effective learners, responsible and considerate members of the local and wider community, prepared and open to face future challenges and opportunities.
The curriculum is delivered through a theme-based approach, across Early Years, KS1 and LKS2.
Standalone subjects include PE, RE, PSHCE, Computing, Science, Mathematics and English. All are incorporated in the theme-based curriculum wherever links are possible, with a strong emphasis on writing for a range of purposes across the curriculum. Art and Music are taught through the theme where possible, using National Curriculum 2014.
Termly, themed units are planned for KS1 and KS2, with differentiation within these themes, appropriate for each year group. Half-termly themes are planned in Early Years.
Themes are designed to ensure that there is full coverage of the National Curriculum in each subject area over the academic year/Key Stage. Many subjects are planned on a two-year rolling program, to ensure coverage for mixed year group classes.
Return to Totternhoe CE Academy September 2020
As we open our school to all year groups and classes at the beginning of the Autumn term, we are very aware of the wide range of experiences, feelings, fears and anxieties that will have affected and may continue to affect our whole school community, families – parents and children, and our staff, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We fully recognise that as we welcome back the children, after such a long period out of the classroom for very many of our pupils, that there is an important and vital need to take time to rebuild a sense of safety, and belonging, relationships with peers and staff, and to begin to find ways to understand and process what has been happening.
At Totternhoe CE Academy, we believe that, first and foremost, we must prioritise the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of all our learners. This is key to enabling our learners to begin to access more formal learning across the curriculum.
Totternhoe CE Academy’s ‘T-curriculum’ for the re-integration to school of all our learners, follows guidelines and advice built on research around recovery following trauma.
Time to be TOGETHER – to feel safe, to be valued, to belong - through playing together, having fun, being creative and enjoying being together again
Time to learn to be a TEAM – to develop our social skills, re-creating the bonds we have with each other, and building new relationships – through play, shared activities, active listening
Time to TRUST - to feel safe and valued, to know that we can share and be supported
Time to TALK – to feel confident to share and express our feelings, to develop understanding and explore solutions
Time to THINK – to reflect on what has happened, what is happening now, and what might/will happen in the future – and how we can use our shared experiences to cope.
Time to TRANSITION – to prepare and be ready for re-engaging in meaningful, formal learning where children make progress.
These key areas will underpin the planning and implementation of our curriculum, continuing to meet the needs of all our learners, using a breadth of learning experiences at Totternhoe CE Academy, including a focus on fun, active and outdoor learning; calming, reflective activities; social times developing meaningful communication.
Teaching and Learning plan for TCEA return September 2020
Staggered start and finish times, break and lunch times. As previously communicated to parents and staff.
Week 1 wb 7th September 2020
EYFS and KS1 return MONDAY 7th; KS2 return TUESDAY 8th
Jigsaw SEMH reintegration document to be used for all planning, following and addressing the t-curriculum above, and as appropriate to meet the needs of our children.
Future Games – PE, as timetabled. All staff to complete RWI assessments- see LJ for information/advice.
Identify children for VW Intervention group. Letters to go home by end of week.
Nurture: planning week.
Week 2 wb 14th September 2020
RWI/English and Maths. Continue with Jigsaw SEMH focus.
Future Games – PE. KS2 French – ET.
Nurture and VW intervention group begins.
Week 3 wb 21st September 2020
RWI/English and Maths. Re-introduce full curriculum.
PIRA and PUMA assessments carried out. Use previous year group’s Summer assessment.
Future Games – PE. KS2 French – ET.
Nurture and VW intervention group.
Week 4 wb 28th September 2020
Full curriculum implemented. Nurture and VW intervention groups.