Primary

Early Years

Early Years (Ages 3-5)

At St Julian’s we offer a two-year Foundation Stage consisting of Nursery and Reception, based on the English National Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme, which is adapted to the needs of our pupils and enhanced with an international approach and outlook.

The EYFS sets standards that ensure young children, from birth to 5 years of age, learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’, delivering a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future progress through school and life. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

The EYFS sets out four guiding principles which underpin all guidance and reflect the St Julian’s Learning Essentials:

A Unique Child:
Development and learning differs from child to child, and each child learns through a variety of experiences, through enquiry and making meaning for themselves, both collaboratively and independently.

Positive Relationships:
Positive relationships between home, teachers and child enable our students to feel safe, so that they take risks in their learning and feel comfortable making mistakes.

Enabling Environment:
A stimulating environment supports children’s development as it allows them to construct meaning for themselves by being challenged and supported in their learning.

Learning and Development:
The EYFS curriculum is planned so that children develop skills, knowledge and understanding through reflecting on what they are learning and why.

Children will be demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of Learning and Development, which include the three prime areas of learning: Communication and language; Physical development; and Personal, social and emotional development. These prime areas are those most essential for the healthy development of a child, providing the foundation for future learning and helping them to develop skills in Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.

The seven areas of Learning and Development are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are designed to be flexible and suited to your child’s unique needs and interests.

The curriculum is delivered in English but all children in the Foundation Stage are supported by bilingual staff (fluent in English and Portuguese), and include staff who support students with additional needs, either in English or Learning.

Children are formatively assessed throughout the Foundation Stage, and supported throughout all stages of their development.

Key Stage 1

The Key Stage 1 curriculum builds upon the 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Stage towards the 10 areas of learning in the English National Curriculum.

English and mathematics are taught as separate subjects but are also often linked to cross curricular themes which incorporate science, history, geography, art, and design technology. In addition to these subjects, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) are incorporated into curriculum time and assemblies for both Years 1 and 2.

Computing, music, physical education and Portuguese are taught by specialist teachers. In Year 1 the children have one Portuguese language session a week, moving to two formal Portuguese language lessons a week in Year 2.

English language is integral to all that we teach with the framework of the English National Curriculum used to guide our planning, enhanced with an international approach and outlook. Our engaging English curriculum is enriched through a wealth of texts which enables the development of their reading, writing, spelling and listening skills. Additionally there is an emphasis on spelling, grammar and punctuation. We aim to build a passion for reading, equipping students with language to effectively communicate through the written and spoken word.

Our aim in mathematics is for each child to achieve their potential, to attain the basic skills and concepts in this subject and to develop the insight to apply these skills in a variety of situations, allowing students to see how this subject is used in ‘real life’ situations. Differentiated, stimulating and exciting activities help children at St. Julian’s enjoy mathematics and to see the fun and beauty in it. Students are able to use it to help understand and explain the world around them. They feel secure enough to take risks, embrace challenges and develop deductive reasoning skills.

Assessment is predominantly formative and designed to allow students to understand how well they are doing and what the next steps are. Summative assessments are used on a termly basis, but these will always be used formatively to inform teacher planning and to support student self-reflection, beginning the process of helping students develop the necessary skills and resilience to learn from mistakes and move forward in their learning.

At the end of Year 2, the Progress in Mathematics and Progress in English summative tests are used to enable student progress to be evaluated against Age Related Expectations (ARE), which set out the expected standards of student performance at each Key Stage.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 at St Julian’s is designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding that our students have already developed in Key Stage 1.
Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, which we use to guide the programme of study for Maths and English and to support the development of our cross-curricular approach for other subjects.

Children are provided with a dynamic, engaging English curriculum, enriched through a wealth of texts which enables the development of their reading, writing, spelling and listening skills. Additionally there is an emphasis on spelling, grammar and punctuation. We aim to build a passion for reading, equipping them with language to effectively communicate through the written and spoken word.

Our aim in mathematics is for each child to achieve their potential, to attain the basic skills and concepts in mathematics and to develop the insight to apply these skills in a variety of situations. Differentiated, stimulating and exciting activities help children at St. Julian’s enjoy mathematics and to see the fun and beauty in it. They are able to use it to help understand and explain the world around them. They feel secure enough to take risks, embrace challenge and develop deductive reasoning skills. Children are continually developing skills in all areas of mathematics; this helps them to see how mathematics is such an important part of everything we do.
As part of our curriculum we offer specialist subject teaching in Portuguese, Computing, Art, Music and Physical Education. These subjects are also often linked to cross curricular themes. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) are incorporated into curriculum time and assemblies throughout Key Stage 2.

Portuguese is compulsory for all children and is taught at all levels from beginners to first language level. In Year 6, children have the opportunity to learn German and French.

Teachers provide opportunities for children to think more for themselves and develop skills in planning how they are to tackle and set out their work by focusing on independence, resilience and reflection, enabling opportunities for children to make decisions about their learning and to fully use their initiative.

Teachers at St. Julian’s capture and hold children’s imaginations through well-planned activities, lively introductions to lessons and good use of resources. As a result, children are confident, safe and enjoy their learning in a stimulating environment. They are also encouraged to take risks in their learning and feel comfortable making mistakes throughout their learning journey.

Assessment is predominantly formative and designed to allow students to understand how well they are doing and what the next steps are. Summative assessments are used on a termly basis, to enable student progress to be evaluated against Age Related Expectations (ARE), which set out the expected standards of student performance at each Key Stage.

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.