The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage encompasses both Nursery and Reception.
Children in our Nursery and Reception classes have fantastic facilities for both indoor and outdoor learning. We have spacious
and stimulating classrooms and outside areas that the children use throughout the school day.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum:
The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the first two years at school, Nursery and Reception.
The three prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
The four specific areas of development are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The children learn through play based curriculum, which draws on their interests and is pitched at each child’s personal level of development.
With its tremendous outdoor and indoor facilities, our nursery offers an excellent start to your child’s
education at Cheam Park Farm Infants School.
There are two Nursery sessions each day. The morning session starts at 8.45am and finishes at 11.45am and the afternoon session starts at 12.45pm and finishes at 3.15pm. Each session is supervised by a fully qualified teacher and senior teaching assistant, giving a ratio of 1 adult to 13 children.
In Reception, children continue the Early Years Foundation Stage. Walk into any of our four reception classes and you will find children engaged in a fantastic range of stimulating, child-centred learning activities. We have excellent indoor and outdoor spaces which are all linked to encourage free-flow, allowing children to interact and enjoy a broad range of activities.
KEY STAGE 1
The Key Stage 1 Curriculum is taught in Years 1 and 2. At Cheam Park Farm Infants School we teach a curriculum that is exciting, fun and imaginative, introducing children to a wide range of experiences that will extend their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Visit any of our classrooms and you will find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning. All children follow the National Curriculum, which means that they spend a good deal of time developing their literacy and numeracy skills. Every child has a daily activity in these subjects. Science and Computing are also core subjects. There is still plenty of time throughout the week for the other curriculum subjects the children enjoy: History, Art, Design and Technology, RE, Geography, Music, Physical Education (Dance, Gym and Games) and Personal, Social and Health Education. For each subject, Programmes of Study provide information on what should be taught.
Some of the subjects are incorporated into class topics while others are taught as separate subjects. A variety of teaching approaches are used. This means that children are sometimes taught as a class, sometimes as a group and sometimes individually. This ensures each child receives a broad and balanced education based on his or her needs. We encourage the children to become independent learners and develop their thinking skills, through cross curricular activities.
The reading scheme used at our school is the Oxford Reading Scheme. We have books for each stage to provide a broad and rich reading experience.
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At our school phonics is taught through the 'Letters and Sounds' Programme. The children are taught the skills of blending sounds together to read words and segmenting the sounds in a word and choosing the correct letters needed to spell it. The children work on the 'Letters and Sounds' Programme from phases 1-6.
Practice at home really does make a difference and our home learning also allows you to find out how your child is doing. We find most children love their home learning. It extends and consolidates the work they do at school. We make sure the activities we set are always varied, stimulating and manageable!
Extra Curricular Activities
A strength of our school is the large number of after school activities that the children can take part in. The clubs we offer include art, computer, country dancing, sewing and construction club. We also have other after-school clubs run by outside agencies for pupils. These include football, gym, tennis and martial arts. A breakfast club (7.45-8.50) and after-school club is also available. Parents must pay for these services.
Exploring the environment near and far is great fun. Throughout the year, children are taken on visits to make the curriculum even more exciting and enjoyable. These visits are a fantastic opportunity for children to broaden their experiences and consolidate their learning. No child is excluded from a school visit due to cost.
Children love the themed weeks at Cheam Park Farm Infants School. We have a Book Week, Arts Week, Maths Week, Science Week and many more – even a French Day! These weeks are even more exciting than normal as we invite authors, dancers, and artists into the school to make learning different and fun.
Every child in Year 2 has the opportunity to serve on the School Council. Children from each class meet each week to discuss themes such as playground equipment, healthy lunches, safety in the home and school and how to look after new children.