FOREFIELD COMMUNITY INFANT & NURSERY SCHOOL
CURRICULUM POLICY

 

‘Excellence in all we do.’

 

Vision:

Forefield Community Infant and Nursery School aims to be a place of distinctive merit in which excellence is not only tied to what is academic, but is linked to all aspects of school life.  We provide a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum, developed with pupils and parents. Our learning ethos and environment is challenging and nurturing.  Children experience very rich and stimulating first hand experiences planned through our exciting cross-curricular topics. We aim to provide for all children with cultural, creative, experiences, an opportunity to acquire essential technical, physical  and  social skills whilst embracing a strong sense of themselves as global citizens, underpinned by fundamental British values.

Aims:

  • To provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum matched to individual’s ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and special needs.
  • To provide cross-curricular links where learning is exciting and fun and where children are motivated to achieve the best they can now and in the future.
  • To ensure every child achieves success, is prepared for the next phase in their learning and ultimately for life and work in the twenty first century.
  • To ensure children develop good learning habits and the essential skills for learning and life – literacy and  numeracy skills, ICT capabilities, learning and thinking skills, personal and emotional skills and social skills, to the best of their ability.
  • To ensure children take responsibility for their learning through actively engaging in first hand, exploratory, experiences.
  • To ensure that learning and acquisition of knowledge and skills is continuous, ensuring a smooth transition as children grow and move through the school.
  • To engage parents and carers by actively involving them in all aspects of our curriculum and empowering them to continue children’s learning at home.
  • To ensure that all pupils have equal access to the curriculum, regardless of their background, gender, race or ability.
  • To ensure our curriculum has strong links with the community including local, national and international dimensions.
  • To promote a stimulating environment that is a vehicle for learning, is interactive and celebrates children’s achievements.
  • To ensure our curriculum reflects the statutory elements of The National Curriculum.

 

Strategies:

Each child should:

* Learn to read fluently and accurately with understanding, enjoyment, feeling and discrimination.

* Be taught to develop a legible style of handwriting and good command of spelling, syntax and punctuation appropriate to their age.

* Learn to communicate clearly and confidently in speech and writing in ways appropriate for a range of occasions and purposes.

*  Be encouraged to listen attentively and with understanding.

* Learn how to acquire information from various sources, and to record information and finding in a variety of ways.

*  Apply computational skills with speed and accuracy.

* Be able to apply mathematical ideas in various situations in the home, classroom, schools and local area.

* Have opportunities to observe living and inanimate things and recognise characteristics such as pattern and order.

*  Learn to master scientific ideas.

* Be given opportunities to investigate, begin to hypothesise, interpret evidence, analyse and solve problems.

*  Be encouraged to develop awareness of self, and sensitivity to others, acquire a set of moral values, and confidence to make and hold to moral judgements.

*  Develop new habits of self-discipline and acceptable behaviour.

* Be aware of the geographical, historical and social aspects of the local environment, as well as the national heritage, and to be aware of other times and places.

* Acquire sufficient control of self, equipment, Information and     Communication Technology and instruments, be able to use music, drama, and several forms of art and crafts as a means of expression.

* Develop agility and physical co-ordination; confidence in and through physical activity, and the ability to express feeling through movement.

*  Develop knowledge, skills and an appreciation of The Arts.

* Develop an appreciation and understanding of ‘community’, including local, national and global dimensions.

*  Develop skills of co-operation, resilience, independence and creativity

 

CURRICULUM ORGANISATION:

The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Nursery and Reception and the National Curriculum in Years 1 and 2.

Early Years:

Children in Nursery and Reception are in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ where  children work in seven areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

KS1:

The National Curriculum for Years 1 and 2 covers nine subjects; Mathematics, English, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, Technology and P.E.  PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and R.E. are also taught. The R.E curriculum follows The Sefton Agreed Syllabus.

Reading and Phonics:

Reading is taught initially using a systematic, synthetic phonic approach.  Phonics is taught daily as a discrete lesson in all year groups. School uses Phonics Bug as a core scheme to teach synthetic phonics which is multi-sensory exciting and engaging.  During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children develop their phonic knowledge and skills and apply these in both reading and spelling.  As developing readers, children are encouraged to use a wider range of strategies to aid decoding of text and to enhance their understanding of material across a range of genre.  At Forefield Community Infant and Nursery School the core scheme for Reading is ‘Bug Club’ which is available in book format and on-line.  All children in school will be issued with personal accounts and log-in details.  Teachers will regularly update personalised reading lists for each child appropriate to their stage of development.  Parents are encouraged to read the e-books with their child and comment in the child’s Reading Diary just as they do with a ‘real book’.

Sport:

We consider Physical Education to be a very important aspect of a child’s education and we therefore allocate up to 10% of the timetable to activities in Games, Gymnastics and Dance.  Games and physical activities are also encouraged during playtimes and the lunch time breaks.  We have extensive playing fields, which are used for sports and by parents who run football teams for children aged seven upwards in the evenings and weekends.  Children in Key Stage One participate in various inter-school sports activities e.g. Orienteering, Sports Hall Athletics Multi-skills organised by Chesterfield Specialist Sports College and local CAPITAL Schools’ Cluster.  We also organise Intra-School competitions in which classes in each Year Group compete against each other on a termly basis for the Year Group Sports Trophy.

Modern Foreign Language:

All children from Nursery are taught Spanish as part of the curriculum.  At Forefield Community Infant and Nursery School we believe that the earlier a child is immersed in a second language the more competent they will become at that additional language.

HOMEWORK

All children are expected to practise reading at home on a daily basis whenever possible, and the older children will be expected to practise weekly spellings and mathematics linked to current learning.  Suggestions for activities at home to extend classroom learning are made by class teachers on weekly newsletters.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

A range of extra-curricular activities are offered to the children in Year 1 and Year 2 and during the summer term in Reception.  Clubs take place during the lunchtime, usually for half an hour and after school for up to one hour.  The programme of activities on offer changes termly and may include Art Club, Film Club, Cookery Club, Cross-stitching Club, Singing Club, Multi-sports Club, Sign Language Club, Gardening Club, Science Club, Tennis Club and Zumba.  A small charge for some after school activities may be made if the club is led by an external provider.

To recognise children’s commitment to extra-curricular activities children gain credits for regular attendance.  If sufficient credits are accrued children are invited to graduate from the Children’s University at a special ceremony at a local University at the end of Year 2.