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Curriculum

The school's curriculum covers everything which affects a child’s learning. It is through this curriculum that we will achieve our aims.

 

"Learning is relevant, effective and fun"

at World's End Infants.

 

The children in Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which lays down the foundation for the National Curriculum that officially begins in Year 1. The National Curriculum is the entitlement of all children and we are required to teach the core subjects (English Mathematics and Science) and the foundation subjects (Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E. and Computing) We also teach P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education), mainly through Circle Time and with the use of the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials.

The curriculum is delivered through broad based half-termly topics which are planned carefully to ensure coverage, continuity and progression through the National Curriculum. The tables below show the topics for each year group.

Reception Topics

Autumn 1

Fun with Stories and Rhymes

humpty dumpty

Spring 1

 

Water

water

 

Summer 1

People Who Help Us 

Autumn 2

Celebrations

celebrations

Spring 2

Farm

the farm

Summer 2

Food From Around the Worlds End

 

food

Year 1 Topics

Autumn 1

Getting to Know You

getting to know you

Spring 1

Hot and Cold

 hot and cold

Summer 1

In the Garden

(plants)

plant

Autumn 2

Fairy Tales

traditional tales

Spring 2

Long ago...

how we used to live

 

Summer 2

In the Garden

(minibeasts)

minibeast

Year 2 Topics

Autumn 1

Adventures

adventures

Spring 1

Stayong Healthy

keeping healthy

Summer 1

Chocolate

 

Autumn 2

 

 

A Trip Around Britain

 

Bonfire Night

Christmas

 

Stories from around the world

Spring 2

 

 

Dangerous Times (WW2)

 

Really Wild Things

 

 

Summer 2

Our wonderful world

The wider environment

Within and alongside these topics we place great importance on the acquisition of the basic skills of Reading, Writing and Mathematics which take up a substantial amount of our twenty one teaching hours per week.   The National Curriculum for English is used as a basis for the teaching of Literacy. The teaching of reading has a high profile throughout the school and we use phonics as our prime approach to the teaching of early reading. We use the widely popular Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme from Reception onwards, and the linked Floppy's Phonics scheme to teach phonics. We also place a large emphasis on reading for enjoyment. We aim to expose children to a range of texts and we encourage them to read widely. Each class has a book loan system whereby children choose books to take home each week. We also have a Year 2 library club and a KS1 lunchtime book which are both run by our Reading Champion Miss Fatania. Children are encouraged to write in a variety of different forms. These include stories (real and imaginative) news, poems, lists and accounts. We also teach spelling and handwriting. Children receive special certificates and awards to encourage good progress.

 

A daily mathematics lesson is taught using the framework of the National Curriculum. Much emphasis is placed on mental calculations and developing children's understanding of number.

 

In delivering the curriculum teachers plan activities which, wherever possible, are based on first hand practical activities. Children are encouraged to be effective and independent learners. They are given opportunities to investigate, using their senses, solve problems and work together in a collaborative way.

 

Teachers use a variety of teaching methods: whole class, groups (both ability and mixed ability) and individual.

computer 

Computing is an important aspect of the curriculum and children all have the opportunity to work on computers and with other equipment to develop their ICT skills. The school is networked and each classroom has internet access and an interactive whiteboard.

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