The National Curriculum defines the programmes of study for key subjects in maintained/ state primary and secondary schools in England. Fundamentally, it sets out what your child is supposed to learn and when.
A new version was introduced in September 2014.
At Emmbrook Infant School we have designed a curriculum that not only meets the national requirements, but also helps to prepare our pupils for the next stage of their learning journey. We have consulted with our parents as to what they consider to be the key skills and attribute that children should develop at school and we have embedded these into our curriculum.
Our Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum Provision are outlined below.
We endeavour to offer all children a rich, stimulating, varied, warm and caring environment where they are taught the National Curriculum and develop the skills necessary to play their part in our changing world.
The children are taught to show consideration, tolerance and respect for others and are encouraged to share and help one another.
We seek to achieve high standards of education for all children. Within a working week of 21 hours the following subjects are covered: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing (Information & Communication Technology), Religious Education, Design & Technology, PE, History, Geography, Personal & Social Health Education, Music, Art & Craft.
Great emphasis is placed on developing each child’s speaking and listening, and reading and writing skills, building on the wide knowledge that the child brings from home and following the requirements in the literacy framework.
Reading is taught in a sound structured environment, developing pre-reading skills, phonics and sight recognition of whole words. Letters and Sounds is used primarily to teach synthetic phonics across the school. The children use a published reading scheme, The Oxford Reading Tree, which is supported and supplemented by other reading material. Children take their reading books home to share their new reading skills with their family and we ask you to hear your child read regularly.
Writing develops alongside reading. The children are taught letter formation and gradually learn to write in sentences. They have the opportunity to write for a variety of purposes, including story telling, research, chronological writing, invitations, recounts and thank you letters. During their time at our school they learn the basic rules of spelling, grammar, punctuation and presentation.
The children are given opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills. Time is given to discussion, questioning and sharing information. Pupils are taught ‘good listening skills’.
During their Infant years, the children acquire the basic early skills, covering the knowledge and understanding of numbers, algebra, measures, shapes and data handling. From the beginning, our aim is to link maths with familiar situations for the children and to use a wide variety of apparatus including computers and games. Pupils are encouraged to do simple arithmetic in their heads and explain how they reach their answers.
Our scheme of work, which covers the National Curriculum requirements, is taught primarily through topic based units of work. The children are taught to make careful observations, to enquire and eventually begin to make a hypothesis. This is a practical subject where the children enjoy hands-on experiences.
The children have the opportunity to develop their computing capability skills and techniques using hardware and software. Computing skills are used and developed in most curriculum areas using our computer suite, iPad's and interactive whiteboards.
A variety of computing is used in the classrooms including digital cameras, bee-bots and talking books.
We follow guidelines set out in the Local Education Authority’s syllabus for our Religious Education scheme of work and follow the SEAL National Programme for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Parents may, if they wish, request that their child be withdrawn on those occasions when religious worship or religious teaching is taking place.
At Key Stage 1, Sex Education focuses on friendships, family relationships and raising self esteem, which are included in topics such as science and PSHE.
A copy of the school Sex Education policy can be found on the learning platform or is available from the school office on request.
The aim of these studies is to develop the child’s understanding of people and places. We begin by looking at the school and local area, and later, at other areas of Britain and the World. The children learn about famous people and historical events.
They also begin to learn about their family history, finding out about changes and comparing their Grandparents’ childhood with their own.
Design and Technology involves the children in practical design and planning and construction. Our scheme uses advice from the Department for Education Scheme of work. Activities such as sewing, model making, wood work and cooking are a part of this subject.
The Art scheme of work following the National Curriculum guidelines offers children the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and techniques to develop their visual perception and creativity.
The children learn about different types of art from different cultures and traditions as well as looking at the work of influential artists.
The children have the opportunity to listen to a variety of music. In music lessons the children sing and learn new songs and use percussion instruments to reinforce their appreciation of pattern and rhythm and learn simple composing skills.
This subject includes games, gymnastic skills, dance and orienteering. The children are encouraged to perform a range of simple actions and linked movements. They are taught to work safely on apparatus and develop the skills for games and working as part of a team.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Each curriculum area has a subject leader who is responsible for the 2 year scheme of work and termly plan of the subject. Teachers write their lesson plans individually or in teams in order to meet the particular needs of the children in their care.
A separate scheme of work linked to the Early Years foundation is followed by the foundation stage pupils.
Children’s’ work is monitored by continual assessment and as parents you will be informed of your child’s progress at the 1:1 parents’ evenings.