An exciting new curriculum for 2018!

Following its introduction in January 2018, we are continuing to develop our exciting new curriculum over the coming months, and even years.  We are very excited about the opportunities this will bring for our children. 


What is our intent?  What do we want for our learners?

We've thought very carefully about what outcomes we want for our children by the time they leave our school to begin the next stage of their educational journey.  While we appreciate the importance of grades and performance on statutory tests, for us it is much more important that our children are happy at school and that the high quality of education we provide leads to a wide range of outcomes.  We want our children to be confident speakers, problem-solvers, to be able to reflect, to stand up and speak out for what they believe, and to recognise and celebrate their individual talents and achievements and be proud of these.  We want them to understand, as citizens, the roles they play in an ever-changing, multi-cultural, technology-rich world.  We want them to know how to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally, and to know it's okay to ask for help when they need it.  We want to foster a life-long love of learning.


How will we achieve this?

We have designed our curriculum around three E’s: Engagement, Enquiry and Enterprise.  By putting the ‘wow’ into our curriculum, we aim to maximise engagement for all, carefully structuring learning around key challenge questions, so that children have to do more thinking and finding things out for themselves.   When planning, we always focus first on the outcomes we want - the knowledge we want the children to have and the skills we want them to learn and use, before thinking about the best ways to achieve these.  Teaching activities aim to build on prior knowledge, consolidate and extend learning, and provide the children with transferable knowledge and skills for future learning.  


We also introduce some appropriate enterprise skills to promote children’s understanding of life outside the school walls, the value of money, and to add purpose and meaning to their learning.  All children are involved in planning and organising an enterprise project, where they have opportunities to use a range of skills (e.g. conducting market research, marketing, planning, promoting, presenting, budgeting, problem solving and risk-taking to name a few).  They are encouaraged to apply these skills in the classroom, alongside seven key values: Responsibility, Resilience, Reasoning, Reflection, Resourcefulness, Respect and Risk-taking.  These values are promoted through the curriculum, assemblies, speical themed days and weeks, and everyday interactions, and also underpin the principles of our Behaviour Policy.


We also appreciate the value of outdoor learning.  We are very proud of our Forest School work and the positive impact this has on learning attitudes back in the classroom.  The daily mile is also now a feature of life at Tetford for our children, and we are soon to have a fantastic new trim trail and a revamped Early Years outdoor area to further enhance learning opportunities.  


Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives parents and carers confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

The EYFS aims to provide:

  • quality and consistency in all early years settings;
  • a secure foundation for all children for good progress through school and life;
  • partnerships between different practitioners;
  • partnerships between parents or carers and practitioners;
  • equality of opportunity for all children.


Areas of Learning

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.

The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development;
  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world;
  • expressive arts and design.

File icon: pdf EYFS Guide for Parents [pdf 677KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf TOPIC OVERVIEW Reception [pdf 84KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Early Learning Goals [pdf 258KB] Click to download

Class 1 (Year 1)

The children in Year 1 follow Key Stage 1 National Curriculum.

Class 2

The Year 2 children follow the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum, and the Year 3 children follow the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.  Although they are different key stages, there is a natural progression in learning from KS1 to KS2, and learning is planned carefully to ensure the needs of all children are met. 

Class 3

The children in Class 3 follow the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.

Class 4

The children in Class 4 follow the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.