At St Andrew’s C of E Infant School, we are passionate about promoting and instilling a love for learning through an exciting curriculum for all our children. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent learners, by providing them a wealth of opportunities to immerse children in the world around them gaining first hand learning experiences. It is our mission to build the foundations of basic skills so they are prepared for further education. It is vital for children to learn about the ‘real’ world to help them become well rounded individuals who can make a positive contribution to the community they live in.
We aim to build up strong links between home, school and community, developing an environment in which everyone concerned with the education of young children can work together in partnership.
We use half termly topics as the basis for our curriculum planning, informed by the National Curriculum. This creative approach enables us to make learning meaningful, relevant and engaging for our children. Developing the whole child is of key importance and, with this in mind, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses our vison of ‘Learning and Caring Together in Faith.’
How Parents/carers are informed about the Curriculum
At the start of the school year, parents are invited to ‘Meet the Teacher’ and to find out more about the curriculum for the coming year. In addition parents/carers will be provided with a full summary of the age related expectations in English and Mathematics.
At the start of each term, parents/carers also receive a curriculum letter detailing the key objectives in Mathematics and each aspect of English outlining the topics that will be the focus of their child as well as an overview of the topic content for all other subjects.
Parents Evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring term. The Autumn term meeting is an open invite and the Spring Term is more ‘formal’.
At the end of the school year, parents/carers are also provided with a full school report that summarises progress and attainment for the year.
Parents/carers are invited to meet with the class teacher at any time in the year that they would like an update on progress- there does not have to be a worry or concerns.
We teach children to read and write using the high quality phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds.’ Daily lessons in the Reception and KS1 classes enable children to develop their skills in reading, writing and spelling. Phonics sessions are structured to build on previous learning and introduce new phonics skills and subject knowledge. Teachers carefully plan daily lessons that teach children new letter sounds and words and allow consolidation of previously learned sounds and words. Daily differentiated activities are planned to allow children to apply the skills and knowledge learned to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.
Any child who is not making the expected progress will be given extra support to help them improve reading and spelling skills and make progress. Support will also be provided for older pupils who may be experiencing difficulty in reading/writing because they have missed or misunderstood a crucial phase of systematic phonics teaching.
In the summer term, Y1 children take a National Phonics Screening Check in which children will be assessed on their reading of 40 decodable ‘words’. This progress check identifies those children who are not yet at the expected stage in reading. We are careful not to pressurise the children, and we ensure they are not aware they are being tested. Any children who do not meet the standard in Year 1 take the assessment again in Year 2.
See the information below for further details on the curriculum covered at St Andrew's.