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Hetts Lane Infant & Nursery School

Curriculum Statement 2016

 

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.

 

Aims of our Curriculum

 

  • To equip children with the necessary and essential  skills to succeed in life as well as to inspire a natural curiosity and love of learning
  • To deliver a broad, balanced and differentiated Early Years and KS1 curriculum with a commitment to high standards in all areas of learning, covering all requirements of the revised National and EYFS Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which is also flexible to meet the changing needs of children and the school.
  • To enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability by delivering an inclusive curriculum which caters for the needs of individual children.
  • To motivate and engage pupils in their learning through; a fun, meaningful and creative cross curricular approach, providing exciting contexts in which pupils' can learn through exploration and play, be creative and develop their own thinking.
  • To create a stimulating learning environment that reflects, supports, celebrates and enhances the curriculum
  • To promote positive behaviour, self esteem and thinking skills enabling children to be creative and develop their own thinking to become independent and confident learners
  • To produce a curriculum that supports and develops Community Cohesion and Global Citizenship to enable children to be positive citizens in society. We recognise the importance of preparing our children for life in modern Britain. and aim to do this by supporting our children to develop:
  • Spiritually by- exploring beliefs and experiences; understanding what it is to be respectful of values; discovering the world around them and what it means to them.

 

  • Morally through- experiences of right, wrong and fair; understanding of consequences; investigative ethical opportunities.

 

  • Socially by- using social skills in different contexts; working with others to resolve social conflicts with positive resolution; using communication skills to express feelings; understanding how communities work.

 

  • Culturally by- learning about different cultures and participating in celebrations from other cultures as well as their own; understanding, accepting and celebrating the differences between people in our world.

 

 

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 the curriculum is planned around the 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication, language and Literacy

And the specific areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Mathemetics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and design

 

In Key Stage 1 (KS1), Years 1 & 2 the curriculum incorporates the subject areas of:

 

  • English (Literacy) which includes reading, writing, handwriting, phonics, spelling, grammar, speaking, listening and drama

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

 

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Design Technology (including Food Technology)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social, Health education and Citizenship

 

Planning our curriculum

 

  • Our curriculum is delivered through an inspiring, thematic, enquiry based approach. Teachers in each Key Stage work together to plan a long term view of the curriculum, identifying broad areas of study to ensure coverage of all curriculum areas/ Areas of Development.

 

  • Assessment, pre-learning activities and discussion with children are used to inform medium term plans, enabling teachers to plan units of study which build on children’s existing knowledge and previous learning as well as including areas of specific interest to the children. Opportunities are made in medium term plans for children to make connections between subjects by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding in one subject area to their learning in another

 

  • To meet the learning and personal needs of every child short term/ weekly plans are then put in place using on-going assessment and evaluation by staff and the children themselves which identify and build on next steps in learning. Opportunities are planned which: enable children to work both collaboratively and independently; cater for different learning styles and offer challenge abilities.

 

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:

 

  • Educational Visits

Examples of recent visits include: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Bridlington, Sherwood Pines

 

  • Visitors in school

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.

 

  • Local Activities

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.

 

  • Special Events/ Days/ weeks

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.

 

  • Extra curricular activities

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  

 

  • Interventions

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

 

  • Partnership with parents and homework

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.

 

  • Induction Weeks

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.

 

  • Art Appreciation

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.

 

  • Pupils with SEND

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.