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Our Curriculum

We strongly believe in ensuring that all of our children are surrounded by a rich, stimulating environment with a broad and balanced skill based curriculum.  All our children are valued as individuals and we encourage each child to reach his/her full potential.  We encourage all children to be the best that they can be.  
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Nursery and Reception
The children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This is carried out through observations of structured play, conversations and child and adult initiated activities.  The children in Reception are taught within the seven areas of learning: 
· Literacy           · Mathematics          · Communication and Language         
· Understanding the World          · Expressive Arts and Design         · Physical Development      
· Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Year 1 and Year 2 (Key Stage 1)
In Years 1 and 2, the children follow the National Curriculum which consists of:  
English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.  We also follow statutory guidance for Religious Education, support Personal, Social and Health Education and enable the development of the children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness.  The different subjects are not taught in isolation from each other but in a creative cross curricular way in which key skills drive the objectives and desired outcomes.  Children are immersed in fun, practical activities which allow for different learning styles and interests to flourish with opportunities for sustained work and personalised learning.  
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Reading and Phonics
We use the Read Write Inc phonics programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading, writing and spelling. Read Write Inc teaches children letter sounds and phonics, enabling them to read and spell effortlessly    so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read and composing what they write. Using the Read Write Inc approach the children will:
· learn all 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups;
· learn to read and write words using ‘Fred Talk’;
· read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out;
· show that they comprehend stories they read by answering questions; and
· write simple sentences.
Mathematics
Here at Hamstel we approach early Mathematics in as practical a way as possible and children discover and deepen their Mathematical concepts through play, experimentation and the use of practical, concrete objects as the first approach. We understand the importance of developing the Mathematical vocabulary of our children in order for them to progress and aim to develop their understanding and use of this language through modelling, explanation and encouragement of the children to use and apply it. The school has adopted the Singapore approach for teaching and learning maths, where children learn through a progression of concrete, pictorial and abstract (formal recoding) methods, and we use the Maths-No Problem! scheme of work based on the model developed in Singapore.
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Curriculum Extension
From Reception onwards opportunities are taken to extend the curriculum beyond the statutory requirements through visitors to school, including artists, craftspeople, actors, musicians; the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment; educational visits; and support of parents.  Many of these activities embrace the cultural, spiritual, moral and social diversity of the society in which we live as well as providing opportunities to develop awareness of British Values.  Activities include World Book Day, themed events such as Maths Week, Science Week, Creative Week, Enterprise Week, Friendship Week and Multicultural Week and celebrations including Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali and Harvest.     
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