We are committed to nurturing children’s curiosity and creativity through an inspiring, broad and engaging curriculum. Everyday children are challenged and encouraged to be independent learner’s, to be resilient and aspirational, so that they all reach their full potential.
We provide opportunities for children to experience a sense of achievement through sport, music and creative arts. We aim to instil a passion for leaning that will empower them to become successful and to make positive contributions to the local community and beyond.
We follow the statutory National curriculum 2014, which provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
- Provide children with knowledge and skills to become confident individuals, independent learners and responsible citizens
- Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- Provide real life experiences and contexts
- Celebrate the multi-cultural diversity
- Allow and encourage personalised learning
- Nurture the whole child
- Provide spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our Foundation Stage curriculum (applies to Nursery and Reception children)
This comprises of seven areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Throughout EYFS children are supported to learn through play, which encourages independent learning. Children are well prepared for their transition into Year 1.
Early Years Unit - long term planning
Early Years Unit at Rushy Meadow Primary Academy
2021 - 2022
This year Rushy Meadow is operating as an Early Years Unit rather than two separate Early Years settings of a Nursery and a Reception. There are a number of reasons for doing this. Educationally there is a strong rationale for incorporating Nursery and Reception:
1. It reduces the number of transitions that children experience before the age of five. It removes the ‘hurdle’ between Nursery and Reception.
2. Teachers can achieve so much more for the children when they have them for the whole of their Foundation Stage. There is no disruption to relationships and learning that occurs when children are made to go through the upheaval of change so soon after arriving in nursery.
3. In an Early Years Unit where children stay for two years, their development is more secure and they had increased levels of well-being, self-regulation and resilience for whatever challenges school (and life) might have in store for them.
The teachers and early years practitioners in our Early Years Unit are all experienced in working in early years settings, both with Nursery and Reception age pupils. The play and learning opportunities that they will plan throughout the year will be targeted appropriately to meet the needs of each individual child. There will be some occasions when the Nursery pupils will learn and play alongside the Reception pupils and some occasions when they will be separate.
Here at Rushy we have a large open plan area and one additional classroom which has been refurbished during the summer, as well as two large outdoor learning areas which all the children will be able to access. These spaces are large enough to accommodate more than 80 pupils in total. This year we currently have 61 pupils in our Early Years Unit, so we are excited to be able to offer the children such a large area for their play and learning to take place. If our Nursery and Reception numbers increase throughout the year, we will review the provision to ensure that we are offering the best opportunity for their learning and development. However, we are confident that all the pupils will thrive and flourish.
Now that many Covid restrictions have been lifted, we are looking forward to being able to invite parents into school for our ‘Come and be Nosy’ sessions. This means you will be able to come into school to see how our Early Years Unit is operating, and as we say…’come and be nosy’! We look forward to welcoming you into school on these days.
Ms Bretherick Miss Sims
Head of School Early Years Phase Leader
Organisation of the Curriculum
As we are part of the Cirrus Primary Academy Trust, we work closely together to reflect, review and develop our curriculum to ensure that it best meets the needs of our children and follows the Cirrus Teaching and Learning model.
Our curriculum is Topic based and includes the teaching of English. Each year group has a half termly topic that is designed to inspire learning. Topics include skills and knowledge from the following curriculum subjects:
- Design and Technology
Mathematics, Computing, PSHE, PE, RE, Music and Modern Foreign Languages are taught discretely and are linked to the Topic when relevant.
Each Topic follows the Teaching and Learning Model and is split into 6 areas. Please see the Cirrus Teaching and Learning Model above as an example.
Below are the yearly curriculum overviews for each year group.