Early Years Foundation Stage Unit (EYFSU) Foundation Stages 1 & 2)
For our very youngest learners in the FSU we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), this covers seven areas of learning: three prime areas, communication and language; physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas which are: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world and expressive arts and design. We provide a broad, balanced, practical experience to enable our learners to have the best possible start to their educational career and monitor their progress regularly throughout the FSU in order to complete their EYFS profile.
Please note that children do not automatically transfer from FS1 to FS2. There is a legal requirement to apply for full time education, you will receive details from school.
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
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Onward Unit (OU) (Key Stage 1 & 2)
Within Onwards Unit we have 3 year groups: years 1, 2 and 3. We plan our learning based on topics which change every half term. We endeavour to build learning links across all subjects to our topic, ensuring learners have opportunities to develop their understanding by connecting associated concepts. For example a year group may be working on a topic to do with chocolate, so writing would be based around fantasy worlds like chocolate factories, numeracy could be based on weights and measures or fractions of quantity, geography would be learning about South America and chocolate farming, art about Aztec iconography, and links to healthy lifestyle choices could be made in P.E.
In literacy we follow structured learning programs, starting with Read Write Inc. This helps children learn to read and write via a phonic based approach, with teaching and learning monitored closely to ensure the children make accelerated progress in their reading through effective use of the teaching team. Once the children have developed their ability to read securely and write cohesively at sentence level, they move into ‘Language and Literacy’ groups, which offers a text rich environment to further their writing. There is an opportunity for Year 2 children to spend an exciting night in school, and for the Year 3 learners to spend a couple of nights at Beaumanor Hall, as well as a wide variety of curriculum enhancing events throughout the year. These enhancements include trips to the seaside, farm visits, subject ‘Wow’ days, or specialist workshops provided by outside experts.
Upwards Unit (UU) (Key Stage 2)
The Upwards Unit is made up of three year groups: Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6. The learning is based around an exciting topic led curriculum. We have high expectations of our learners and we give certain learners extra responsibilities. These learners are selected by staff and their duties focus on developing self-esteem, responsibility and independence.
At the end of year 5 children put themselves forward and are voted for by the whole school to become key members of the school council and they have regular meetings with Mr Emsley to take forward ideas and matters arising from school council meetings, this is a very responsible role as they are the direct voice of all the children in the school.
We also develop learner’s independence and responsibility for their own learning and as they prepare to move on to secondary school we spend a lot of time discussing and sharing experiences that are very important to them. Over the 3 years we cover sensitive issues including relationship and sex education and answer questions arising in an open and honest way. We also provide sessions on internet safety, drugs and gangs awareness.
Learners are expected to read at home every day and please support this with lots of questions to show that they understand the text.
They are expected to complete homework on a weekly basis.
There are 3 residential visits: Ravenstor Youth Hostel, Camping at a scout/guide centre and Liverpool Trip.
We have a planned maximum of 14 learners who have found previous school experiences difficult or even impossible. Learners are offered the opportunity to achieve to their full potential through a variety of exciting activities within a broad and balanced curriculum and also in a safe and secure environment. Building the self esteem and confidence of learners in this unit is a major part of our work.
The team consists of a number of staff and is supported by a teaching member of staff with SENDCO responsiblity. When appropriate the learners have the opportunity to join mainstream classes and share in their learning experiences which can include educational visits.
Our Nurture facility also gives mainstream learners the opportunity to access more focused support through challenging periods in their life and the chance to be involved in small group activities to help with their learning.
Teaching Assistant (TA) Team/Support Staff Team
We have a large and dedicated team of qualified Teaching Assistants who work in all areas of school life, supporting our Learners and helping to raise standards under the direction of the Principal, Year group teachers and Team Leaders.
TA’s work as part of a whole school team whilst also being part of individual year group teams. They carry out one to one sessions, small group sessions as well as teaching whole classes under the guidance of a qualified teacher. The TA’s support learners with SEN, those who are gifted talented as well as Learners with social & emotional issues. In addition, they support with school residentials.
The team also manage lunchtime provision, supporting our learners to eat a healthy lunch and to engage in fun activities in the playground. We also have a dedicated team of Playworkers who, alongside the T/A team, play a crucial role in ensuring that our Breakfast Club , After School Club and Lunchtimes run smoothly. The Playworkers also assist some of our younger learners to read at the beginning of class. The TA’s manage a variety of additional clubs to engage learners such as Art, Gym and cheerleading.
The team also support on gates at the beginning and end of the day ensuring the safety of our children and gaining good links with parents.
Many of our team are also qualified first aiders.
We are team who ensure all administrative work is carried out efficiently for LCPS, we work at the direction of the Principal. We are responsible for the day to day office work, managing pupil records, orders etc we also assist the Principal in managing the school budget. We are the first point of contact for LCPS and as such provide a vital link between school and the community.