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Years 1-2

Pupils study a range of curriculum subjects. The curriculum is currently under review, but the following give a good, rough guide to what pupils cover during the year. 

Literacy: Throughout the year, literacy focuses on reading, writing, spelling, drama, speaking and listening.

Numeracy focus includes numbers, shape, space and measures.

PSHCE lessons take place throughout the year. Although formal and informal lessons take place on a weekly basis, the school believes that PSHCE is more than just a lesson. As such, PSHCE always takes place within the school through its beliefs, values and commitment to the well-being of every child.

General information

Reading books: the children will all be given a reading book, banded to suit your child's reading level, to share with someone at home. If you feel your child is ready to move on to the next book band, discuss this with your child’s class teacher. Books can be changed in the morning or after school, or your child can change it during the school day. Your child will also be given a reading record for the school. This is for you to write in when you hear them read. What to write in these records is explained in the front of the book.  Children will be heard to read by their teacher at least once a week.

Spellings will be sent home on a Friday for a test the following Thursday. How to practise spellings is explained in the front of the spelling books. Please could spelling practice books be in school on Thursday.

Homework is given on Wednesday and should be returned the following Monday.

PE is twice a week. Check with your class teacher which days these will be so you can have your child's PE kit ready. All children should have named kits on their pegs: t-shirts, shorts, socks, plimsolls.

Water bottles: children can bring water in a named bottle for drinking in class.

Playtime fruit: the children are given fruit in their breaks, but if they wish to bring their own fruit, this can be put in their drawer.

If anyone is able to spare an hour or so helping in their child’s class with reading, cooking, art or library, please see your child’s class teacher!

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you need to discuss any aspect of your child’s school life.

Year 1 and 2 go on a number of visits throughout the year. Past trips have included:

Theatre trips

Residential to Hill End Camp

Oxford University of Natural History

Pizza Express

Sutton Courtney Nature Reserve

Bourton-on-the-Water Toy & Car Museum

Banbury Canal Museum

Pitts River Museum

Cinema trips

Science Museum London

Oxford Literary Festival

 

Years 3-4

Pupils study a range of curriculum subjects. The curriculum is currently under review, but the following give a good, rough guide to what pupils cover during the year.

Throughout the year, Literacy focuses on reading, writing, spelling, drama, speaking and listening.

The Numeracy focus includes numbers, shape, space, and measures.

PSHCE lessons take place throughout the year. Although formal and informal lessons take place on a weekly basis, the school believes that PSHCE is more than just a lesson. As such, PSHCE always takes place within the school through its beliefs, values and commitment to the well-being of every child.

General information

  • Homework and spellings will be given once a week.
  • P.E. is twice a week. Check with your class teacher for the exact days.
  • All children should have named kits on their pegs: t-shirts, shorts, socks, plimsolls.
  • Water bottles: children can bring water in a named bottle for drinking in class.
  • Playtime fruit: the children are allowed to bring fruit, vegetables or a cereal bar for playtime snack.

If anyone is able to spare an hour or so helping in their child’s class with reading, cooking, art or library, please see your child’s class teacher!

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you need to discuss any aspect of your child’s school life.

Years 3 and 4 go on a number of visits throughout the year. Past trips have included:

Theatre trips

RAF Hendon

Ice skating

Roald Dahl Museum

Oxford Literary Festival

Legoland

Marston

 

Cinema trips

 

Years 5-6

Pupils study a range of curriculum subjects. The curriculum is currently under review, but the following give a good, rough guide to what pupils cover during the year.

Throughout the year Literacy focuses on reading, writing, spelling, drama, speaking and listening.

Numeracy focus includes numbers, shape, space, and measures.

PSHCE lessons (Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education) take place throughout the year. Although formal and informal lessons take place on a weekly basis, the school believes that PSHCE is more than just a lesson. As such, PSHCE always takes place within the school through its beliefs, values and commitment to the well-being of every child.

General information

  • Homework and spellings will be given once a week.
  • P.E. will be twice a week. Check with your class teacher for the exact days.
  • All children should have named kits on their pegs: t-shirts, shorts, socks, plimsolls.
  • Water bottles: children can bring water in a named bottle for drinking in class.
  • Playtime fruit: the children are allowed to bring fruit, vegetables or a cereal bar for playtime snack.


If anyone is able to spare an hour or so helping in their child’s class with reading, cooking, art or library, please see your child’s class teacher!

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you need to discuss any aspect of your child’s school life.

Years 5 and 6 go on a number of visits throughout the year. Past trips have included:

Theatre trips

Exeter College Chapel

Ice skating

Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Literary Festival

Legoland

Citizenship Day

JR Hospital

Cinema trips

Sheldonian Theatre

National Gallery London

 

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals

describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. When children start at St

Nicholas’ School at the age of 3, they join our Nursery class, then move into our Reception

classes in the September when they are 4 years old.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their

healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and

demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children

should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

 Communication and language;

 Physical development; and

 Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future

learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific

areas. These are:

 Literacy;

 Mathematics;

 Understanding the world; and

 Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. This is a little bit like a

curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and

it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and

interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and

critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

At St Nicholas’ Primary School, we recognise that children come to us having already had a

wide variety of experiences. We work closely with parents and carers to ensure that we

have the information that we need to best support the children in our care.

We plan a wide range of learning activities for the children, both in the classroom and

outside, and we give careful consideration to the children’s characteristics of learning when

planning. We give time and resources to children to initiate their own learning, as well as

providing them with opportunities to work together with adults. The children work towards

achieving the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and at the end of their time in EYFS, we assess

their achievements by completing the EYFS profile.

CIRB

Communication and Interaction Resource Base

Communication & Interaction Resource Base (CIRB)

The CIRB, a specialist primary provision, is an integral and valued part of St Nicholas Primary School. All of the children who attend the Base are made to feel very much part of the whole school and many join main school classes for part of the time. It provides support for up to 13 children, as well as their families, with Communication and Interaction needs – including Autism - within Oxfordshire. There are three classrooms within the Base (Mulberry, Hazel and Holly) as well as a separate room for specific individual and small group work. We also have a self-contained outdoor play area.

The overriding aim of the resource base provision is to facilitate access to the mainstream curriculum. The school and base staff work together to ensure the most appropriate provision for all of our children and to support the educational and social inclusion of St Nicholas’ pupils who attend the Base. To achieve outcomes identified on each child’s Statement/ EHCP, we have a dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants who are committed to providing a range of opportunities and interventions. These are personalised for every child and include:

  • Access to a rich, relevant and appropriate curriculum suitably differentiated to meet individual needs and individualised to address specific communication and interaction needs.
  • Access to mainstream sessions.
  • Specialist teaching and support from experienced staff.
  • Additional specialist interventions and alternative curriculum to support communication, interaction, social, emotional and personal development of the children.
  • Access, by referral, to a wider team of specialists within the SENSS framework.

According to their individual needs, all children are supported to develop their skills and confidence in areas of personal development affected by their C&I difficulties and to be included in all aspects of school life, both learning and social.  

If you would like further information or to arrange to visit the Base, please contact the main school office: 01865 242838. The Local Authority is in charge of admissions to the Base.

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