Hetts Lane Infant & Nursery School
Curriculum Statement 2018
At Hetts Lane Infant & Nursery School we aim to inspire our children to succeed by providing meaningful and memorable learning experiences through an exciting, stimulating and balanced curriculum.
We ensure that all children are able to work in a safe and secure environment and are encouraged to “have a go” and challenge themselves.
Our curriculum is all the planned experiences we provide for every pupil to enable them to develop an enjoyment and commitment to learning. It includes not only the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage but also recognises the changing needs of our children.
We believe engagement and enjoyment are key to children making good progress alongside a strong home school partnership and carefully planned learning experiences. We believe that children learn best through relevant exciting and first hand experience.
Our school curriculum is underpinned by our schools key values and through our curriculum we aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others, while developing knowledge and skills, so that they can achieve their full potential.
Aims of our Curriculum
We take a dynamic thematic approach to developing children as learners we encourage them to become independent by providing opportunities for them to make choices and explore for themselves.
This cross curricular approach to learning covers all curriculum areas:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage we promote a curriculum that is play based where children are given opportunities to engage in first hand experiences. We encourage active, meaningful learning that will have a positive impact on childrens development in all areas
In the Foundation Stage the curriculum is planned around the 3 prime areas of learning:
And the specific areas of:
We deliver learning for all of the areas through purposeful play and learning experiences with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. This includes whole group work, small group work and carefully planned independent activities for children to engage with the topic that is being taught in that half term.
Teaching and learning in our Foundation Stage takes place both indoors and outdoors. We believe it is of vital importance to cater for the different learning styles of children, which we address through the use of the Early Years Foundation Stage Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are concerned with the way in which children learn rather than the outcome they produce.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
In Key Stage 1 (KS1), Years 1 & 2 the curriculum incorporates the subject areas of:
We use Book Banding to support children’s progression in reading this enables children to experience a variety of books at an appropriate reading level including books from a number of different reading scheme and we use the Letters and Sounds to plan our daily phonics sessions
Planning our curriculum
Our curriculum is delivered through an inspiring, thematic, enquiry based approach which is planned in three phases.
Curriculum Enrichment/ Other Features of our Curriculum
We try to make learning memorable and stimulating as we know that this is how children learn best and within our curriculum we plan to enrich learning opportunities through:
Examples of recent visits include: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Bridlington, Sherwood Pines
We have a range of visitors to school to support learning in different curriculum areas as well as theatre productions and workshops for children to enjoy. We also utilise the current sports funding available to invite professional coaches into school to develop children’s knowledge and skills in a variety of sports.
We try to make use of our local area as much as possible: regularly enhancing learning through vists to the library, fire station and church.
During the year we have a number of planned special themed days in school, which make learning fun and especially memorable. On these days the children might dress up and take part in a wide variety of learning activities and workshops across the school.
During the year we offer a range of after school and lunchtime clubs that enrich our curriculum. These have this year included Games club, Chess club, Make & Do club, Football, Multi skills and Zumba
A range of interventions including: Listening & Attention Groups, Phonics, First Class Maths, Better Reading Partners and Fun Fit are used throughout the school to meet the needs of children identified through ongoing assessment and evaluation of children’s progress
Parents are actively encouraged to support their children in all aspects of their learning and are supported through termly curriculum newsletters, parent meetings, workshops and discussions with teachers. Homework is used to support childrens learning in reading, spelling/ phonics and maths as well as encouraging collaborative working at home to complete more open ended thematic curricular “challenges” throughout the year.
At Hetts Lane we understand that children need to feel valued, safe and secure in an environment that is based on trusting relationships and well established routines and expectations in order for them to learn, take risks and achieve the best they can. We give priority in our curriculum at the start of each term to carefully planned “Induction” which focuses time and attention on these fundamental areas.
Each year at least one half terms curriculum is based around a piece of art work to act as a stimulus across all areas of the curriculum. This is linked to the principles from the “Take One Picture” programme from the National Gallery.
We aim to provide all children with the best possible learning experiences matched to their individual needs. Once identified children with SEND will have their needs assessed and provision will be put in place in line with the SEND policy.
Whist adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of children with SEND we aim to ensure that it does not become too narrow or targeted. We believe that it is essential that all children including those with SEND have access to a broad range of learning opportunities and experiences that allow them to demonstrate their abilities in all areas
Monitoring & Reviewing our Curriculum
At Hetts Lane we continually evaluate our curriculum provision to meet the needs of children. An annual review will monitor the coverage to meet statutory requirements.
The Strategic Development Committee of the governing body is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented. Subject leaders provide annual reports to the governors on progress and plans for development within each subject area. Link governors will use these reports to inform their task of monitoring the work of the school.
The Senior Leadership Team are responsible for the day to day organisation of the curriculum. Subject leaders monitor the way their subject is taught throughout the school. They examine planning and ensure that appropriate teaching strategies are used. Subject leaders also have responsibility for monitoring the way in which resources are stored and managed.