In this section:
We have had a great start to the academic year at Newcroft. Wishing our families...
Our best EVER Autumn 2 Extra Curricular club offer launches after the Ocotber ha...
On 7th October, we were VERY lucky to have a visit from an ex 'Newcrofter' and c...
On Friday 1st October, we were thrilled to be able to invite all our new Recepti...
Pupils in Year 5 and 6 have FINALLY had the opportunity to go on residential to ...
We are pleased to announce that Regular Readers is back again this year and has ...
We have had a fantastic time enjoying a live pantomime of the 'Wizard of Oz' in ...
Our Early Years Foundation Stage Leader is Mrs Cran. She is supported by Mrs Roberts, who is our Pre School Leader.
In Reception at Newcroft Primary Academy, the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home. We provide first-hand learning experiences, whilst allowing the children to build independence, resilience and to be aspirational. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community; our children learn to be inclusive and proud of themselves, where they come from and of our school. We guide children to recognise their own strengths and achievements, through experiencing success and developing their confidence to work towards their areas for development.
Throughout their time in Reception, the children develop a sense of belonging to our school community, ready for their transition to Year 1. They have the confidence and skills to make decisions and self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners. We work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points. Our fundamental aim is to ensure that pupils make excellent progress from their starting points and develop a love of school and of learning.
At Newcroft Primary Academy, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. Our curriculum is taught through topic themes, which are enriched with classroom enhancements, trips and visitors. Topics are supported by high quality key texts. Our curriculum is flexible and responsive to children’s needs and may be adapted, dependent on children’s interests.
Through our topic themes, we tailor the curriculum to follow children’s interests and provide opportunities, support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge, and ensure children meet their next steps.
We prioritise creating a ‘language rich’ environment through the use of songs, nursery rhymes, stories and providing time for quality interactions between adults and between peers. Children are encouraged to become early readers through enjoyment of books, the schools’ rigorous approach to reading, and the systematic teaching of phonics.
A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision. This means that children are using and developing taught skills on a daily basis. The children are supported to learn to work together, manage their feelings and ask questions through skilled adult facilitated play.
Our curriculum and its delivery ensure that children, from their own starting points, make excellent progress from their baseline assessments, both academically and socially. Class teachers and Early Years staff use formal and informal observations to make formative assessments, which inform future planning and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace. Summative assessment compares children’s attainment to age related expectations using Development Matters. Children are assessed in relation to their progress towards the Early Learning Goals.
This map shows how knowledge and skills develop from Nursery in our setting, right through the Reception curriculum and into the Early Learning Goals.
Diane Lane, Business Director
Newcroft Primary Academy