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At Grand Avenue we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for children in Nursery and Reception.
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At Grand Avenue we follow the National Curriculum for children in years 1 to 6.
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Please click here for Parents Guide to the Curriculum.

At Grand Avenue the Phonics programme 'Read Write Inc' is used as a basis for teaching phonics up to year 3. The school does not follow one specific reading scheme, preferring to provide a range of books. Books are grouped into colour bands with the level of difficulty increasing as children progress through the school. Each colour band contains a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children choose books appropriate for their level of challenge and after successful assessment will move up to the next colour band.
Children are issued a reading diary on entry to school and new diaries are allocated when necessary. The diary is an opportunity for teacher and parent s to record the childs progress through the colour reading bands. Comments on the child's approach and progress are noted in the diary.
In school, children read regularly on a one to one basis with their class teacher. Records are kept using Reading Assessment Focuses as criteria. Opportunities for group and guided reading are also timetabled. Enjoyment of reading and comprehension of text are high priority.

As well as offering the curriculum as set out by the Government we are pleased to offer education, experiences and projects over and above our statutory requirements. We believe in providing a Primary school experience which addresses the needs of the whole child . These include;

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education
Creative curriculum with a topic led approach
Residential and day trips
Bicycle training
Swimming in all year groups
Consideration given to local, national and international events
Emergency Life skills
Opportunities for responsibility
Drama productions
Extensive variety of extra-curricular clubs
Visitors from local community
Inter-school sporting events
Learning a musical instrument
Nurture groups
Outdoor learning
Transition arrangements
Growth mindset approach
Support for pupils with English as an additional language
Support for children on the Autistic spectrum
Daily Mile
Young carers project

We also believe in teaching and fostering a number of skills to enable children become confident, resilient and independent young adults. We support children in becoming self-aware, respectful and responsible. We promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage creativity.

We expect our children to appreciate the importance of integrity, honesty and tolerance. We promote a 'can do' attitude meaning children become self-motivated , enthusiastic and positive lifelong learners.

Please click here to see our English as an Additional Language welcome pack for Reception

Please click here to see our English as an Additional Language welcome pack for handwriting

Please click here to see our English as an Additional Language welcome pack for phonics

Please click here to see our English as an Additional Language welcome pack for vocabulary

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