|EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
We aim to provide children in Early Years with
educational experiences, which will help them develop a positive
approach to learning. By creating a learning environment where children
feel at home, they will be more willing to explore new concepts and
ideas. Self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, and respect for
others are encouraged. Classroom walls are covered with displays of
children's art and craft, as well as language-based information to help
them develop literacy skills. Displays of educational material related
to topics being studied helps further stimulate their enthusiasm.
Pre-Nursery (ages 2 to 3)
The Cavendish School offers a Pre-Nursery Unit
specifically designed for children from the age of 2 to 3 years. Within
this group, we ensure that each individual is learning through high
quality play that is tailored to them, so they develop at their own
pace, having fun, making friends and learning as they play. This will
help in ensuring that the children become confident, secure, and boost
their self esteem in order to get them better prepared for Reception
school. Not pushed, not pressured, but ready to reach their potential.
For children where English is not their first language, this is an
ideal learning environment for effortless assimilation of the English
language. The Pre-Nursery Unit provides a bridge between home and
school. Our aim is to contribute to children's development in all the
six learning areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which requires
constant communication between parents and teachers.
Nursery (ages 3-4) and
The classes for three to five year olds provide a stimulating and
creative environment where young children may experience a wide range
of activities which lead into Key Stage 1 of our Curriculum. These two
years are very important as they form the basis of a child's future
education. At The Cavendish School we follow the requirements set out in
the Desirable Outcomes for Children's Learning (i.e. 6 goals for
children's learning within the Early Years setting):
Reception (ages 4 to 5)
Communication, Language and Literacy Covers
important aspects of language development and provides the foundation
for literacy. Children are helped to acquire competence in English as
soon as possible. Particular emphasis is laid on speaking and listening
and in pre-reading and pre-writing activities. The phonics letter
sounds are taught in the Pre Nursery and the Nursery classes while the
Alphabet letter names are introduced in the Reception class. The phonic
Curriculum is a highly structured approach in which letter sounds are
taught in rapid succession, following a clearly defined teaching
sequence. This is highly effective for the majority of children who
learn new phonemes quickly and soon progress to blending sounds for
reading, and segmenting sounds for writing.
In Mathematics children are
introduced to important aspects of mathematical understanding and are
provided with the foundation for Numeracy. This is achieved through
practical activities and by using and understanding simple mathematical
Knowledge and Understanding of the World: Children acquire basic knowledge and understanding of their
environment, different cultures, and features of the natural and
Personal and Social Development focuses on children learning how to work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond the family.
Physical Development aims to help
children develop physical control, mobility, awareness of space and
manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environment. Children are
actively encouraged to establish positive attitudes towards a healthy
and active way of life.
Creative Development focuses on
stimulating children's imagination and their ability to communicate and
express ideas and feelings in a creative way.
In addition to the formal teaching sessions in a day,
we imbed our 'special' curriculum, which include 'Morals and
Etiquette' evident in the ethos of the school.
The Primary School
covers Key Stages 1 and 2, which is Years 1 to 6 (age 5-11). Teachers
provide stimulating activities to build up confidence and harness their
natural curiosity. Children thereby achieve high levels of knowledge,
skills and understanding while enjoying the learning process.
|Key Stage Group 1 (Years 1 and 2, ages 5 to 7)
aim is for children to enjoy their time at school and to develop
knowledge, understanding and values in order to reach their full
potential in all academic and social areas of school life. The work of
each year group is guided by the appropriate level of the British and
Nigerian Curriculum, which is by nature integrated and balanced. Subject
areas include: English Language, Mathematics, Science, French,
Geography, History, Art and Craft, Physical Education, Health Education
and Information and Communication Technology.
In Language and Literacy we aim to provide a rich
and stimulating environment in which children find interest and pleasure
in communicating in English. They are offered many experiences to
develop their interest in reading. The development of handwriting skills
forms an important part of Language and Literacy. The children’s
reading skills are developed in a structured way using the Oxford
Reading Tree scheme.
In Numeracy, the children will have opportunities for
lots of practical activities and discussions to ensure that they have
thorough understanding of all aspects of mathematics. Experiences
include oral/mental math, games, puzzles, problem solving,
investigation, formal math and handling practical Materials. We
encourage the children to solve everyday problems using the mathematical
skills they have learnt. We intend to achieve this by using the Math
Makes Sense approach of practical learning.
In Science, we aim to develop the children's knowledge
and understanding of the world around them. We use the classroom, the
school environment, the community and the children's own curiosity and
experience to promote interest in this study area .Children are
encouraged to relate their science work to other areas of the Curriculum
and explore values and attitude through Science.
Key Stage Group 2 (Years 3 to 6, ages 7 to 11)
Key Stage 2, some children's work falls easily into identifiable
subject areas but they are also involved in a variety of
cross-curricular topic based investigations. We emphasis active
investigative methods to facilitate purposeful learning and to encourage
independence, while at the same time ensuring that the main
requirements of the Curriculum is covered.
The Curriculum also covers Art and Craft, French
Language, Information and Communication Technology, Music and Physical
Education. These subjects, in addition to the core subjects of Maths,
English and Science, complete the curriculum.
At The Cavendish School, we imbed our 'special'
curriculum, which includes Morals and Etiquette evident in the ethos of
In general, primary children work mainly with one class
teacher and an assistant, although certain subjects, such as Music and
Physical Education are studied with specialist teachers. All teaching
staff are highly qualified. They all have experience in delivering the
British National Curriculum as well as The Nigerian Curriculum. We
ensure that the highest quality of teaching and learning takes place in
our classrooms, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy.