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St Andrew's CofE Infant School

‘A happy, balanced and challenging environment’


At St.Andrews CE School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Key Stage 1 national curriculum for years 1 and 2.  The following gives you information and links  about the curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage


In our school our EYFS class is our Reception class, children start in the September in the year in which they turn 5.  The curriculum is based on 17 areas of learning which are broken down into milestones culminating in the Early Learning Goal (ELG).  Children's learning is focussed on three characteristics of effective learning:  playing and exploring, active learning, creative and critical thinking.


Teaching in EYFS is centres on pupils interests, the 17 areas are planned for through a theme, such as 'growing', or centred around a book, activities are planned for inside and out so children can access the 17 areas of learning.  Through skilled questioning teachers take pupils leanring forward guiding them to discover new skills.  Most learning is child initiated a small proportion is teacher led, such as handwriting, letter formation, maths skills, reading and phonics. 


The children have a daily phonics session (see section on phonics) which starts at phase 1/2 or 3 depending on the individuals starting points.


EYFS children learn to read using the books available in school which are banded in colours.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Characteristics of Effective Learning 1
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Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2

About Our Learning


At St Andrews CE School we designed a topic planning two year cycle which covers all aspects of the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum.  The following is an overview of each topic and the subject content.   The cycle centres around themes which incorporate the core subjects of English and science and the wider curriculum.  Maths is discrete but cross curricular elements are taught where appropriate. Our pupils are excited about the topic themes and gain much from the enriched curriculum through the varied trips, visits and visitors. There are times when we plan learning from pupil interest, local or national occasions i.e. a child returning from a trip abroad/ a child's family celebrations (such as Eid/Hannukah) the Royal Wedding/ Rugby World Cup/Milton Keynes 50th birthday.  It's important that learning is connected to real events where possible, is up to date, relevant to pupils interests, lively and engaging.


Pupil's are taught skills discretely and activities and tasks are planned for to apply these to the theme.  Maths is taught discretly but where possible linked to the topic and real life problems.


We are passionate about our creative curriculum, with topics such as 'Superheroes', 'Out of the Egg', and 'Commotion in the Ocean' there is much fun to be had whilst learning. At St Andrews School we also love our trips, Warwick Castle, theatre visits, sports events to name a few!  Along with country walks, forest schools, cooking and visitors there's always plenty of excitement in our learning.


You'll find here information on our 2 year topic cycle and what your child is learning each term.


If you require any further information, please get in touch

Parents Guide to the National Curriculum

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Your child starts to learn to read as soon as they start school.  Words are displayed all around and are highlighted throughout the day.  Your child will learn key words initially, cvc word (consonant vowel consonant)  i.e cat, dog, mum etc.  They learn to decode with phonics and learn sight words.  We focus on the first 100 key and tricky words to begin with and increase in line with individual needs.


Your child will bring a book home, these are colour banded, starting with lilac which are books without words so that your child can share the book with you and talk about the story, this is an important stage of reading, knowing the orientation of a book, that stories follow a system of begnning, middle and end, and to engage your child in talking about books.  The books progress from key words, to short sentences all the way up to chapter books.


Please read with your child at home at least 3x a week, research shows that children who are reading and sharing books at home regulalry are more proficient readers at an earlier stage.


We use a variety of schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and other books colour banded.


Reading 1 Oxford Reading Tree is one reading scheme used.
Reading 2 Common Exception words for reading and spelling.
Reading 3 Book Band Colours and Levels.



Phonics is a system of sounds in words, there are 44 phonemes that children need to learn in order to decode words in the English language.  These are taught from the 'Letters and Sounds' guidance using a varierty of resources, such as 'Phonics Play' an online phonics programme, and various resources in schools.


We use a variety of resources including online phonics play, Smart phonics resources and Read Write Inc.

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R.E syllabus.


We follow the Milton Keynes RE syllabus which has been written in conjunction with the Oxford Diocese RE syllabus.