CURRICULLUM AND LEARNING POLICY
Pre School (18months-24months)
We provide age appropriate learning and care in a safe, supervised and clean environment..
Here, we use the Montessori curriculum to help children learn simple practical life skills. Children are taught independence through play, stories, rhymes and songs. They are exposed to the fin side of teaching and learning which boosts their confidence and helps to develop their unique personalities.
In this very crucial and early stage, children will explore creative opportunities through arts and crafts, learn independently with the use of personal favourite resources from, form friendships, learn interaction with others and begin to gain an understanding of the world around them.
Through the months our children will learn, grow and interact with the use of the most simple and accommodating techniques for their tender age. And what’s more, they have the best learning environment for all their pre nursery experiment. Dear little one, we promise you nothing but a fun and fabulous learning ride.
Nursery – Reception (2-5years)
Our purpose is to nurture every child to be all they can be. Giving them a solid foundation through their early years as they are lovingly guided into the next phase. .
At this stage our children will continue to learn through play based activities. They will learn processes, rules, routines and begin to develop early literacy and maths skills. Building on their social skills and learning more about the world around them. They will learn in every way possible - books, paint, water, sand, nature, and everything within their reach. Here it’s time to explore, investigate, create and communicate.
Throughout the early years stage, we will engage plans and strategies that will help promote their personal, social and emotional development. They begin to make independent choices and are able to recognize resources useful for various aspects of their learning. They can also select what they need for tasks at various work stations and carefully return after use.
They will learn to handle writing materials and complete given tasks functioning excellently both as and individual and as a group. As they grow, it’s easy to identify their individual needs.
We use the Early Years Foundation Framework Stage which helps to develop essential reading, mathematical and analytical skills, problem solving.
We continue to encourage learning through play as we provide a happy and safe environment for all round development.
The Early Years curriculum covers the following areas of learning and development:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Literacy Development
- Mathematical Development;
- Understanding the World;
- Expressive Arts and Design.
We provide an environment that enables children thrive as they prepare for the bright future ahead of them. We have a rich curriculum that caters to their learning and development.
We are committed to raising children who are mature and enthusiastic about their learning. Children who are daily inspired to go along a path of creativity and growth.
We use a blend of the Nigerian curriculum and the National curriculum for England.
We aim to support the development of pupils’ abilities of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing within an integrated literacy programme. Our broad and balanced curriculum will provide pupils with interesting opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English. Ultimately, we aim to ensure that taught synthetic phonics and literacy skills are being reinforced and consolidated across the curriculum.
Pupils at Tender care Primary School will leave Primary 6:
- reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;
- with a love of reading and writing for enjoyment;
- with a curiosity for words and their meanings; and an interest in developing vocabulary in spoken and written forms;
- an interest in a wide range of text types, media types and genres;
- with an ability to write in a range of styles and forms suitable to the situation;
- using their developing, creativity, imagination, innovation and critical understanding;
- with an appropriate technical vocabulary to express their ideas.
Mathematics enables us to make sense of and participate in the world around us. We aim to develop pupil’s understanding of the basics of mathematics from very early on. Pupils will be taught fundamental facts about the number system, in a creative way. This will present the foundation for building more complex mathematical concepts as pupils make their personal journey through the curriculum.
As a school, we aim to provide real life experiences to support pupils with learning and exploring mathematical concepts. In this way, pupils can appreciate the practical application of mathematics in the real world – in situations involving money, recipe and number sums.
The aims of mathematics are:
- To promote and understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life;
- To encourage enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity;
- To inspire confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
- To develop an understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
- To apply appropriate vocabulary to exploring features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
- To develop increasingly complex mathematical skills;
- To ensure that pupils make connections between previously and newly taught skills.
The science curriculum is based on encouraging pupils to develop an inquiring mind of the world around us. We provide pupils with the ability to explore and investigate a rounded understanding of natural phenomenon and mechanical theory and practise in physics, chemistry and biology. Pupils are presented with an opportunity to observe, gather, evaluate and analyse scientific data. In doing so, pupils can gain an awareness, understanding and appreciation of scientific concepts in our lives. Our Science Programme is divided into two, The Life Science and The Environmental Science.
The world is increasingly shrinking and becoming global. Languages introduce children to alternative language construction and also broaden their knowledge of diverse cultures. In this day and age, giving children access to world languages helps them to consolidate their understanding of grammar and construction. The school offers French lessons from the age of 4 years old onwards.
Social and Religious Studies:Children are introduced to the world around them near and far and are encouraged to develop an awakening to emergent and long-standing issues. The school offers individual subject matters which include Social Studies, History, Geography, Religious Studies, however, teachers often collaborate and run themed projects which blend knowledge across the various subject areas.
The school offers a chronological framework of knowledge which details historical information from the past, in the order that they occurred, from the era of slaver, colonisation to independence. Topics are also formulated to cover significant events and developments in Nigeria, including an emphasis on the formation of diverse clusters of people across which make up the many tribes and states across Nigeria. Selective teaching of ancient civilisation in other parts of the world is also included in the syllabus. In this way, children can develop an understanding of how history influences cultures across the globe.
Children are provided with broad themes which encourage them to develop geographical skills through following their own interests and abilities. Pupils are encouraged to gather, collate and use information which will develop their understanding of their characteristics of the environment and of other cultures around them. This is achieve thorough the use of information technology as well as local resources and technical equipment.
From the age of three, children receive expert lessons which introduce them to information technology. Pupils are encouraged to achieve ultimate proficiency, competency and understanding. The aim, is to enable children to develop specialist skills that they can draw upon and apply to other area of the curriculum.
Chess and Robotics:
Our aim is to equip learners with a secure knowledge and understanding of Chess and Robotics by providing them with the experience they need in an increasingly digitalised gloal world. Children are taught how to dismember robots to make other models. Chess and Robotics Classes take place on Monday.
Pupils are encouraged to develop a love of learning and reading by borrowing books for the library. Our library offers a vast array of books which cover many topics and subject areas. As a result, children can borrow books which suit their abilities and interests. Teachers also guide pupils in using the books to gain answers of general knowledge, further developing the research skills of our pupils.
The school offers additional learning support to children who may be experiencing learning difficulties, with specialist attention paid to assisting such pupils to fulfil their true potential.
All pupils undertake homework as a means of consolidating their learning and to further increase their learning capacity. Parents/carers are expected to support the work of the school by engaging their children in homework given by the teachers. Parents must also ensure that homework is completed on time. weekly homework is set which enables children to practise basic skills such as reading, spelling and times tables. We also set some topic project work for pupils.
Music and the Arts:
Music and the Arts are viewed within the school as a perfect accompaniment for educational pursuit and every effort is made to ensure that children have equal access to creative and musical activities.
Children are encouraged to learn the foundations of musical understanding through singing lessons and individual instrumental coaching according the interest of each pupil. This helps our pupils to develop impeccable discipline and appreciation of music in general. The school offers piano and guitar lessons from the age of five years old. A school choir is also available and children are encouraged to join and perform at concerts and school events including the ‘end of year party. Our organised selection of musical provision encourages a willing response from the children who show fantastic enthusiasm. Our pupils strive to achieve and perform to their utmost abilities, whilst benefitting from the excitement.
Art and Craft:
Art and craft offers a complimentary link to all aspects of the school curriculum. We encourage children to express themselves using a wide array of media including painting, drawing, model-making and ICT. As well as discover pleasure in creating works of art and craft including needle work. The school’s end of year party gives parents, friends and the community the opportunity to see some of the work done by the children.
The school has a thriving drama department. Children are able to observe and learn moral principles through re-enacting stories about human behaviour. We lay emphasis on developing creative skills and children are encouraged to write their own plays. Drama also plays an important role in introducing children the world of theatre and confidence building. Children participating in drama often have high confidence levels which translate well in other areas of their academic endeavours as children are equipped with speech and voice projection techniques which help them to communicate their ideas confidently.
The school considers sport as an important part of a child’s holistic development and we lay emphasis on helping children to develop advanced in our highly resourced outdoor environment.
From the age of 3 onwards, our pupils are encouraged to get involved in sporting activities including football, swimming and netball. We run house groups where children participate in competitive sports in our bi-annual sports day. This also offers children the experience of developing team working and a sense of belonging and working towards a common goal with group members.
The school holds morning assemblies based on the Christian faith. On Wednesdays, pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for assemblies, so that they get the opportunity to practise their presentation and leadership skills. It also allows them to make a valuable contribution to the life of the school.