Our Engaging Curriculum
Our Curriculum - 'Contexts for Learning'
Thank you for visiting our curriculum pages. Below you will find an outline of Key Stages 1 and 2 bespoke curriculum 'Contexts for Learning'. You will also find an overview of our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, including core and specific areas of learning, and characteristics of learning.
If you'd like a more in-depth look at any of the information below, please take a look at our Teaching For Learning Policy.
Key Stages 1 and 2 – The National Curriculum
Our curriculum has developed from thoughtful reflection about children’s experiences at school, our understanding of how children learn and a desire for children to both enjoy their experience at Primary school and to feel challenged and excited.
Contexts for Learning
‘Contexts for Learning’ are a series of wide reaching concepts that allow teachers to deliver the National Curriculum creatively by making meaningful learning links leading to deeper understanding and retention of skills.
At Aerodrome we understand that children enjoy learning in different ways and have different strengths. Our curriculum supports a range of interests and gives value to the full range of National Curriculum Subjects taught.
Context for Learning Stimulus Questions
How is the Curriculum Planned?
All planning for each context begins with an enquiry based question. Teachers create a four stage plan using questions and ideas generated by the children in their class. This plan is used to develop an engaging and rigorous learning journey covering all areas of the National Curriculum.
The four stages are:
1. Engage - a stimulating start to the learning
2. Develop - developing knowledge and skills
3. Innovate - applying skills learnt
4. Express - showcasing the learning via an end product
Context 1 for each Year Group
Context 2 for all Year Groups
Context 3 for Years 1,2 and 3
Surface to Deep Skills Development
Each lesson is planned with a skills focus that gradually builds deeper learning ranging from surface (Knowledge based) to Deep (Evaluative)
Surface to Deep skills progression
The Early Year Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage includes all children in our Nursery and Reception classes. The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory curriculum which is followed by all childcare providers, nursery settings and reception classes.
The curriculum is divided into core and specific key areas of learning and development. They are:
The Prime Areas of Learning
The Specific Areas of Learning
The Learning Characteristics
Together, these areas of learning make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for your children as they grow, learn and develop. At Aerodrome we strive to ensure that each child’s learning and development occur as an outcome of their individual interests and abilities so our planned learning reflects this.
An EYFS learning journey will be completed for each child. Each child will be assessed in relation to the 17 Early Leaning Goal descriptors. Assessments will be based primarily on observation of daily activities and events. For each ELG, practitioners must judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception Year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).
The completed EYFS Profile includes a short commentary on each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning.