The curriculum is all the planned experiences we provide for our pupils in order to develop an enjoyment of and commitment to learning. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage but also recognises how much our children learn from routines, the extended school day and activities outside school. It is child centred building on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops their curiosity, creativity and capacity to learn. It puts an emphasis on skills before content with a focus on learning to learn. It includes the hidden curriculum of what children learn from the way they are expected to behave and how they see others and they themselves are treated.
By providing rich, relevant and varied contexts for our pupils to acquire, develop and apply a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes, the curriculum enables pupils to think creatively, solve problems and make a difference. It also develops their physical skills and encourages them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping safe. Our curriculum aims to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible and moral citizens, who enjoy learning, can work and co-operate with others and have the confidence to take risks while developing lifelong knowledge, skills and attitudes.
WHAT ARE OUR CURRICULUM AIMS?
We aim to create an ethos in the school whereby each child can develop as a “whole person” and can learn skills that will help that child reach his/her full potential.
We aim to develop in children an awareness of and respect for the needs of others and their environment. Together with the family and community we strive to provide a caring and tolerant, learning and social environment in which the other aims can be achieved.
We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and differentiated Early Years and KS1 curriculum with a commitment to high standards in the core and in the foundation areas of learning.
WHAT SUBJECTS WILL MY CHILD STUDY?
All pupils will study the following National Curriculum subjects and Early Years areas of learning. Detailed policy statements on all curriculum areas are available from the office on request.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years curriculum covers the three prime areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication, language and literacy
and the specific areas of:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
The school uses the Jolly Phonics scheme to teach individual letter sounds and also some double letter sounds (diagraphs). We then use the letters and sounds scheme to further develop the children's phonic knowledge.
We have an excellent range of reading schemes and real books to give children a good variety of reading materials. All our books are colour banded so that once pupils are becoming confident readers they can choose their own books at the right level of challenge.Some of the scheme book that we have are Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Code books, also Collins Big Cat and Pearsons Bug Club books.
The Teachers will explain more about the EYFS curriculum at our induction meeting and the full curriculum documents can be viewed at www.gov.uk
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
At KS1 all children follow the national curriculum and are taught the following subjects.
English includes reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, grammar, speaking and listening and drama.
This is taught through daily maths lessons with emphasis is on mental strategies and the ability to manipulate numbers.
This is taught as a separate subject and as part of topic work. We promote and encourage a logical and effective approach to scientific enquiry through investigation, problem solving activities and controlled experiments.
The pupils have regular use of computers in the classrooms and the computer suite to develop their skills, support the curriculum and have supervised access to the internet. Pupils also have regular teaching sessions using the school interactive whiteboards and other forms of technology.
Design Technology (including Food Technology)
Activities are planned to develop designing and making skills as well as an appreciation of materials and their uses.
The history curriculum provides the children with a wealth of opportunities for immersing themselves in the past. The essential historical concepts and skills are developed alongside an enthusiasm for the subject, as well as a genuine and lively interest in the past and its relevance to life today.
Children have the opportunity to study the local areas and our impact on the environment. They also learn to use maps and develop awareness of localities and countries other than our own.
We follow the agreed Religious Education Syllabus for Surrey. We aim to help children develop knowledge and understanding of religious insights, beliefs and practices from a broadly Christian perspective whilst taking into account the beliefs and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
Our assemblies are broadly Christian but cover a wide range of religious and moral themes which provide the children with the opportunity to consider every day issues and situations. Should any parents wish for their child to be withdrawn from religious education or assembly, then please contact the Headteacher.
Our music education aims to develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all children. This is achieved by fostering their sensitivity to – and their understanding and enjoyment of – music through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing. The children sing every week and all contribute to whole school productions. Pupils in Year 2 get the opportunity to learn the recorder.
Our main aim is to enable children to develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards art as a whole. We aim to help children develop design skills, imagination, original thought and experimentation using a variety of mediums.
We aim to develop children’s ability and physical co-ordination, to give them confidence, control and enjoyment through all types of physical activity. The children are taught the importance of safety in sport and gym work and are given opportunities to develop skills which will be of value socially and recreationally now and in the future. We have access to two playground areas, one which is grass and a ‘hard’ area.
Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship (P.S.H.E & C)
PSHE&C is designed to develop the individual. This is achieved through activities and experiences designed to support and promote self esteem, confidence, independence and a sense of responsibility. The latter extends beyond the self to others and community both in and out of school.
We have 5 assemblies throughout the week which are regularly used to explore RE, moral and PSHE&C themes as well as providing opportunity to praise good work and behaviour at our Gold Book Assembly.
In year 2 children become playground friends and heads of the dinner table during lunch, all which provide opportunities for the children to take responsibility and grow into responsible students within our school.
Throughout their school life pupils have many opportunities to enjoy visits and visitors which enhance the curriculum across most subjects. At Shottermill Infant School we place a high emphasis on using the local environment of village and parks as a practical aid to our learning programme. In addition, the children are exposed to theatre workshops, art workshops, museums, outdoor centres and parks.
The local newspapers often visit the school to photograph special events including the children starting school each September. If you do not wish your child’s photograph to appear in the local newspapers or on the website, please let the Head Teacher know.
All children are expected to undertake regular homework in the form of reading, spellings and playing maths games.