At The Sylvester Primary School  we have developed our own unique curriculum to make learning interesting, exciting and meaningful.

Children’s learning in each area of the curriculum is organised into themes. Each half term/term there is a class curriculum theme, the majority of the curriculum is linked to this theme.  Children will experience themed weeks, visits out of school  and visitors into school.

Alongside our themes we teach Literacy and Numeracy key skills on a daily basis. We encourage Reading and Writing across the curriculum and this is achieved in a variety of different ways, such as; themed writing weeks, Big Write, small group Guided Reading, Comprehension, Spelling Tests and Individual Reading. Reading and Language Development is a fundamental part of our Curriculum within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage One (Year 1 & 2).

Our Reception and Nursery settings are language rich environments and children have continuous access to Reading and Writing opportunities as well as focused teaching activities.

In EYFS your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning .   As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At Sylvester we will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. The curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Our high quality setting will  develop your child’s abilities through playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

In Key Stage 1 we use a range of Reading resources: colour banded / graded reading schemes, daily Phonics sessions using the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ Scheme, Phonics based Reading Booksand Guided Reading sessions.

Please see our Curriculum Map which details all the topics that we cover within each year group.