The education and curriculum offered at Nishkam School is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum. We work to these guidelines whilst enriching the curriculum and extending the child’s experience to achieve wholesome learning and foster children’s ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.’ Children’s education in the academic subjects is enriched with opportunities to collaborate with Universities, business and community organisations. Parents and families have vital roles to play and to support. Learning from our heritage, history, religion, language and culture, these elements as well as enrichment activities such as sport, music and performing arts be incorporated within the child’s daily life.
We believe that spiritual nature inspires a sense of awe and wonder of creation; it widens horizons and raises aspirations; promoting well-being, confidence and trust; helping one to make wise choices and find fulfilment. It encourages an attitude of loving responsibility towards ourselves and others. Spiritual nature involves giving and receiving love, practicing compassion, humility and selflessness.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
EYFS guides the learning of children aged 2 to 5 years often called the Foundation Stage. It encourages imaginative play and games to prepare the child for the learning that will occur from year 1 onwards. Our curriculum in the reception class will complement and build upon the EYFS guidelines, in recognising that all children are unique and learn in different ways. We will nurture children in positive, caring relationships within an enabling environment.
The National Curriculum is an educational framework describing learning in blocks of years, known as key stages: Year 1 and Year 2 of primary school are known as Key Stage 1; Years 3 to 6 of primary school are known as Key Stage 2. The National Curriculum sets out:
•The subjects taught
•The knowledge, skills and understanding required in each subject
•Guidance for measuring progress, planning and learning.
Assessment for Reception
•Throughout the year Reception children will be assessed using the Early Learning Goal
•The class teacher and our assistant teacher assess the children through observation, questioning or formal testing during class activities.
•The outcomes will be recorded and used to help plan the next stage in children’s learning.
Assessment for Years 1 & 2
•In Years 1 & 2, children will be formally assessed in reading, writing and mathematics.
•Assessments will give a National Curriculum level for your child.
•Your child’s level of attainment is communicated through your child’s annual report and may be discussed with the class teacher at parents evening in July.
Gifted and Talented Pupils
All children need to receive education that is appropriate to their needs and abilities. Hence, gifted children will be provided with enrichment and acceleration experiences. Gifted and talented children need special educational program to meet their complex learning needs to reach their full potential. Promoting excellence and pre-eminence can help to raise the aspirations of all children.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
We recognise that each child is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant education where:
•the curriculum is differentiated according to the needs of the child.
•a child has a specific difficulty which will be identified by the class teacher who will work closely with the child and parents, keeping the Inclusion Co-ordinator informed. The Inclusion Co-ordinator provides advice and support to children, parents and staff throughout the school. Our Inclusion Co-ordinator at Nishkam Primary is Mrs Nirmaljeet Bhogal.
•children’s progress will be regularly reviewed and outside agencies may be called upon to support their learning.