Curriculum

 

 

 

There are six domains of learning around which the curriculum is based. The curriculum is broad based, structured and ensures progression and continuity.

 

Personal, Emotional, Social and Spiritual development (PESS)

At SHK we create a welcoming atmosphere where children quickly gain a sense of security to enable us to build their confidence and develop their independence.

We encourage a caring and supportive atmosphere in the classroom where everyone is valued and treated with kindness and respect.

We encourage the children to work independently, selecting an activity or resource for themselves, to dress and undress with minimal help and to play an active part in their personal hygiene.

The children are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards their work. Through both child initiated and adult directed activities, they learn to work as part of a group and independently.

Young children love to ‘help’ and we encourage them to do so to increase their sense of belonging to the SHK family.

Being a Christian organization, children are exposed to good Christian values early in their growing years to help them develop in the love of the Lord.

 

Communication language and literacy

We aim to provide experiences which will make the children effective communicators through speech and writing. Speaking and listening skills are vital and time is given for children to develop these important skills through circle times, class assemblies, stories and performances. Reading is central to the curriculum in SHK. The children read regularly at school to their teachers and teaching assistants. Emphasis is placed on reading for pleasure as well as acquiring the important skills needed to decode text. During their time in SHK the children will take reading books and activity sheets home to share with their parents.

Phonic skills are taught in a structured and progressive manner through a Synthetic Phonics Programme (Code Crackers). Writing is developed throughout the year, with the children gradually becoming more independent and confident. We encourage the children to listen with understanding, to become enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers and to write with some independence.

 

Problem solving reasoning and numeracy

We follow a systematic Numeracy syllabus which has a structured and progressive scheme of work. We cover the following concepts;

  • say and use number names
  • count forwards and backwards in ones, twos and tens
  • estimate
  • write numerals
  • order numerals and use appropriate mathematical language (more than, less than etc.) addition and subtraction within 10 introducing signs (+ = -)
  • solve simple problems by using development mathematical ideas and methods recognize and recreate patterns (e.g. repeating patterns)
  • use money – sort coins, give change
  • practical activities related to length, time, weight and capacity
  • compare two quantities e.g. heavier/lighter
  • use vocabulary related to time, days of the week, read o’clock time
  • name solid shapes and flat shapes

 

Knowledge and understanding of the world

The children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. They have opportunities to use a range of tools safely, encounter people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations. They conduct simple science experiments. Information & Communication Technology is used as an aid to enhance the delivery of all aspects of the curriculum. We use a cross curricular approach and work in themes or topics.

 

Physical Development

The children are encouraged to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. They develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

 

Creative Development

Children’s creativity is extended by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. They are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings. Art is an important part of creative development, and children are given many opportunities to experiment creatively.