The Willows School And Early Years Centre

Fishermead Boulevard, Fishermead, Milton Keynes, MK6 2LP

01908 528803

The National Curriculum 

The national curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at key stages 1 to 4.  All local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach these programmes of study.  The majority of this national curriculum was introduced in September 2014, with English and maths coming into force for all year groups from September 2016.  At the Willows we plan children's learning through topics based around different countries. We take children's interests and experiences into consideration when planning and aim to excite and enthuse children in their learning.  Creative, hands on learning is enjoyed by all children and adults!

 The EYFS 

The EYFS is the curriculum from birth to five.  Our children learn through play based experiences in immersive, stimulating environments with experienced and knowledgeable Early years practitioners.  

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Key stage One 

Our year one and two children follow the national curriculum.  Transition from EYFS to year one allows children to build on their learning whilst continuing to enjoy creative, active learning. 

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Learning at The Willows

We follow the Penpals handwriting scheme from nursery up to year 2.  Children enjoy reading through a range of reading schemes including Pm, ORT, Project x, Rigby star and Collins big cat.  Books are chosen with the children and include both fiction and non-fiction.  We follow the DFE “letters and sounds” phonics teaching programme which gives us flexibility to plan according to children's needs and interests.  Our teachers plan their own maths teaching without schemes and use their strong subject knowledge to successfully teach the key skills in this area.