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18/05/24

Great start to our annual Governor Conference, choir. pic.twitter.com/cy8D0hgYEX

18/05/24

String Ensemble welcome our Governors to the annual conference. “Strengthening Governance in Harris Academies”. pic.twitter.com/bf2y0JhDSs

10/05/24

At today's Year 13 leavers assembly our Executive Principal, Francesca Perry, said goodbye to Year 13. She shared some memories and pictures from when some of the students were in her Year 6 class at Chobham! pic.twitter.com/mKTNuQcjBU

10/05/24

This morning we held our traditional leavers breakfast and assembly for our Year 13 students before they start their examinations on Monday. Good Luck to all our students sitting public exams! pic.twitter.com/crkkEEnyzM

19/04/24

Great to have pop into the Community Organising training day and listen to some of the Ambassadors campaign ideas. Thank you for the questions! pic.twitter.com/SPaF9HBeHL

23/03/24

Ready for day 1!!! 🏔️🎿🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/y2lbWQRb8B

23/03/24

Ready for day 1!!! 🏔️🎿🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/y2lbWQRb8B

22/12/23

Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser! Our Christmas Elves (the amazing year 10 prefects) packed 20 bags of gifts for the children staying there over Christmas and a little something for the staff too 🎁 🌲 pic.twitter.com/Vs94QEtVtZ

22/12/23

Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser! Our Christmas Elves (the amazing year 10 prefects) packed 20 bags of gifts for the children staying there over Christmas and a little something for the staff too 🎁 🌲 pic.twitter.com/Vs94QEtVtZ

02/10/23

10 days to go 💛Let's make this one bigger and brighter than ever before. pic.twitter.com/wYbbql7FCv

02/10/23

Talking about how we're feeling can make the world of difference. This we are partnering with to help . pic.twitter.com/qO6YDreE3z

01/10/23

10 days to go 💛Let's make this one bigger and brighter than ever before. pic.twitter.com/wYbbql7FCv

26/09/23

Talking about how we're feeling can make the world of difference. This we are partnering with to help . pic.twitter.com/qO6YDreE3z

31/07/23

Stormzy and HSBC fund 36 black Cambridge students https://t.co/YqbUjbdsUk

30/07/23

Stormzy and HSBC fund 36 black Cambridge students https://t.co/YqbUjbdsUk

19/07/23

To be connected with creative career opportunities, A Level Media Studies students enjoyed lunch on Primrose Hill before being welcomed at the Roundhouse and then The October Gallery for creative industry tours, talks and workshops as part of Year 12’s Careers Day on July 10th pic.twitter.com/nnLR9lMZy4

19/07/23

As part of our all-through curriculum Ms. Deering and Year 6 are bringing their sketchbooks to Ms. Stephens in the secondary art room ready for Year 7 in September. pic.twitter.com/GQQyk8JMN4

13/07/23

Really well done to all of our students for a fantastic concert. Thank you to for hosting and and for all their help and support. https://t.co/YzGGgffMEn

13/07/23

For anyone who needs to hear this today 💙 pic.twitter.com/QGcgD9HAfD

13/07/23

Be kind to your mind this and get involved in our quiz. 🧠Can you guess the wellbeing related words from these anagrams? Comment below ⬇ pic.twitter.com/H5dG3KQkWu

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Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS]

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS Curriculum is organised into Prime and Specific areas of learning. Children within the early years, learn through a range of play-based opportunities as well as adult-led and independent activities. At Harris Academy Chobham, we plan a wide range of exciting activities that promote independence, communication, self-confidence, determination and the ability to think critically and share their thoughts and ideas. The children have independent access to a stimulating curriculum both indoors and outdoors on a daily basis.

In Reception there are daily whole class teaching carpet sessions that include literacy, phonics and mathematics, as well as weekly discrete PE and PSED lessons. We effectively use our outdoor and indoor environments to support the characteristics of effective learning that children in the early years are required to develop.

We plan weekly topics that will inspire the children's curiosity, understanding and development. All seven main areas of learning are incorporated into our curriculum and planning is often cross curricular through the areas of learning. We are always incorporating children’s skills and development under the characteristics of effective learning throughout our EYFS curriculum. 

In both year groups we integrate long term planning, which ensures continuity and progression throughout Nursery and Reception. Medium term planning (half termly) helps us link the essential skills to be developed to specific planned activities and identifies assessment opportunities, which in turn supports the individual child to progress in their learning.

Short term (weekly) planning includes specific plans for coverage of the literacy, mathematics, handwriting and phonics sessions as well as a weekly Natural World question to explore in our Nature Nurture sessions outdoors. Adult led focus activities are also planned to develop and move children forward in all areas of their learning. The continuous provision (CP), the free-flow activities, is planned on a daily basis to include opportunities for extension of the learning, child-initiated activities and further planned adult-led activities.
 

Prime Areas

We believe that the prime areas of learning are the base for all future learning and therefore we place a lot of emphasis on ensuring that all children feel, happy, secure and settled into the school environment. During the first term, we begin the child’s first experience of Nursery or Reception by focusing the topic around them and their families which enables them to engage in a subject they know the most about. We want all children to become confident, active and independent learners so that they are ready to enter Key Stage 1 with the skills that they need to continue their journey of learning.
 

Personal and Social and Emotional Development [PSED]

This area of learning provides opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes about themselves and those around them. We want children to become valued members of the class and shape their own identity through an increasing awareness of their own needs and the needs of others. This area of learning helps children to develop positive dispositions to learning, to be cooperative and to be communicative. PSED helps develop and show an understanding of what is right and wrong and begin to consider the reasons why. It develops an understanding that there are always consequences to a particular behaviour, whether rewards or sanctions. Crucially, it also supports the development of social skills by providing opportunities that enable children to learn how to socially respond and work with one another.
 

Physical Development [PD]

This area of learning offers opportunities for children to develop and practise the control they have over their own bodies. It allows them to develop the confidence and skill in large gross motor movements such as running, jumping, climbing, swinging, hanging etc. PD is taught weekly as a discrete lesson in Reception by our qualified PE coach. It is an area focused on developing and promoting their spatial awareness and coordination, whilst at the same time encouraging the fine motor skills that they need to develop such as the ability to control the use of one-handed tools and equipment e.g. digging tools, paint brushes, mark-making and writing tools. This area of learning is also vital in supporting a developing understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to be healthy and safe and how they are able to best meet these needs.
 

Communication and Language [CL]

This area of learning provides opportunities for children to develop new vocabulary and the skills needed to talk confidently in a wide range of situations. It helps them respond to their peers and adults in an environment where speaking and listening are highly valued skills. It allows them to communicate and respond in a variety of contexts and places value on them expressing their own thoughts and ideas and taking into account the thoughts and ideas of others. It also gives opportunities for all children to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and text in a broad range of contexts, including through stories, role play and drama.
 

Specific Areas

There are four specific areas of learning which supplement the prime areas and allow children to become confident active learners when the prime areas of learning have been supported and applied. Through these areas, we believe children can further develop their knowledge of the world around them and develop an understanding of all future learning that awaits them. Here, children will continue to become effective learners and develop the dispositions to learning through being curious, resourceful, persistent and courageous. These areas of learning are the basis for main whole class teaching sessions, as well as the independent and adult led learning opportunities available, with the prime areas at the forefront of all teaching and learning. 
 

Literacy [L]

This area of learning supports the development of linking sounds to letters and understanding that from this we can read and write. Children will begin to recognise print in their environment and start to understand that this is one way of communicating with one another. It is vital that children understand that print carries meaning and that they are able to engage with this essential element of communication and the high importance it holds. We actively promote the importance of reading and writing which is done through stories, songs, poems and mark making for different contexts and purposes using a wide range of media. Throughout all classes there is a book corner and areas that promote active mark making and writing. Reception classes have a phonics area, which the children are encouraged to use to support both their independent and class-based learning. We teach phonics on a daily basis in homegenous groups using Read, Write Inc (RWI), a synthetic, systematic phonics scheme which develops early reading and writing skills.

Mathematics [M]

This area of learning provides opportunities for children to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space by providing a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about numbers and shapes. Mathematics encourages children to understand and respond to the symbols that represent numbers and what this means in real contexts. It supports children in understanding what an important role shapes and numbers play in our everyday lives and how they develop our own understanding and help us to solve problems. Lessons are delivered in short carper sessions with the use of manipulatives for concrete learning before moving onto more abstract learning later in Reception. CP is planned for extra learning linked to that week's topic to provide further opportunity to engage with maths. We utilise White Rose maths alongside our own planning to provide maths teaching and learning that is specific to the needs of our cohort. 
 

Knowledge and Understanding of the World [KUW]

This area of learning provides opportunities for children to solve problems, question, make decisions, experiment, predict, and plan in a variety of contexts and to explore and find out about their environment. It helps to develop their senses and understanding of their physical world. This is further supported through our weekly Nature Nurture sessions which take place in school across our many developing green areas plus having the everyday experiences of our engaging outdoor environment. By engaging with the world around them, children learn more about people and communities and the world in which they live. KUW is also planned across the year to incorporate the themes and concepts of scientific enquiry, historical contexts and geographical skills which develop skills in these subjects in preparation for progression into the Key Stage 1 curriculum. 
 

Expressive Arts and Design [EAD]

This area of learning offers opportunities for children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities. They are presented with the opportunities to experiment with different media, resources and a range of activities which will inspire and stimulate their creativity and motivation to move their learning forward.

The Early Years Foundation Stage provides a structure of learning opportunities through which we develop the different aspects of early education. These areas cover the basic skills necessary for entering Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. We believe our creative and topic-based curriculum helps children meet the learning opportunities within a happy, secure and interesting environment through practical activity, enquiry and purposeful play.

Nursery

For information on our Nursery provision, please click here.

Reception

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