At Caister Infant Nursery School & Children’s Centre we provide a broad & balanced curriculum. Active learning is the key to how we work as we know that learning by doing things and having rich and varied experiences engages children’s interest and helps them to learn more quickly. Learning to communicate through speaking, listening, reading & writing is of central importance
In Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This focusses on early learning skills in reading, writing and maths as well as fostering creativity. It also encourages children’s social and emotional development and the development of appropriate relationships. Play is central to learning for all children in their infant years. Children learn though playing indoors and outside.
Aspects of this curriculum are continued as the children move in to Year 1. We strive to build a bridge between the Early Years Foundation Stage & the National Curriculum. Although we teach distinct skills, subject areas are approached through a challenge based curriculum in an immersive environment. Topics run termly and within these are aspects of:
Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Computing, Science, Design & Technology, Art & Design, Music, History, Geography & Physical Education.
In our school this means Years 1 and 2. Children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum.
We follow a topic based approach that includes, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, PE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). These are known as the Foundation Subjects.
English, Maths and Science are the core subjects.
Learning in our school is creative and fun. We encourage children to ask questions and shape their understanding through natural curiosity. Our grounds allow for rich opportunities for learning outdoors.
We learn outdoors whenever we can. Your child needs wellingtons and a waterproof jacket and over trousers to learn outside all year round.
Speaking and listening
We believe that speaking and listening is the key to reading and writing. It is an area that covers the whole curriculum. Classrooms in the school are set up in ways which help the children to express their ideas and feelings in an imaginative way. Class assemblies give the children the chance to showcase their skills in this area and also let you celebrate their learning.
Reading is the most important skill that your child needs to be successful at school. Your child will have a book to take home. They will also have a Reading Record book. You can use this book to record the reading that you do together at home. The staff and volunteers in school will listen to them read too. They will have the opportunity to change their books regularly.
In Key Stage 1 the children complete writing tasks such as writing a story, letter or diary entry. Lessons are planned to develop grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and spelling skills. These support their writing tasks. Children also are taught to plan, draft and revise their work.
Emphasis is placed on learning a neat, legible style of handwriting leading to a cursive script. Children are encouraged to take pride in their work.
Spelling is taught through a variety of approaches including the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme and using the Look, Cover, Write and Say method. In FS2 children learn high frequency words and common exception words in Key Stage 1. These are found in the children’s reading record books for you to practise at home. Weekly spellings are sent home in Key Stage 1, also linked to Read Write Inc, common exception words and topic based vocabulary.
Read Write Inc
Read Write Inc is our intensive synthetic phonics scheme. It rapidly helps children to learn sounds and blend words. The first steps in being a reader. We have Read Write Inc lessons 5 days a week. Lessons last for up to 40 minutes and follow a tight structure. This is the same in all groups to help your child learn quickly and build on their prior learning. For those children who we identify as requiring further support with RWI, ‘Keep Up’ sessions will be offered.
Maths is taught every day. It is topic based. Lessons include opportunities to practise mental maths skills, work individually and in groups to learn new strategies and solve problems. We encourage the children to try different ways to solve problems and to talk about their findings using appropriate mathematical vocabulary. You can find our Calculations Policy on our website.
Science is topic based. Lessons help to build scientific skills. Through the science curriculum we want children to develop respect and a caring attitude towards the environment. Science is fun and practical. Where possible learning happens outdoors.
Many children start school with a good grasp of technology. We need to build on this to help them use technology as a tool to support their learning. Children are taught about the importance of online safety. Children are always supervised when using the internet and are encouraged to speak to an adult if they access anything that they are unsure about. We take this responsibility very seriously and want children to become confident and safe users of technology as they get older. The school has a filtering system which blocks unsuitable content.
Music is fun. Music is about participation, using voices, body percussion, tuned and un-tuned instruments. Children listen to music from a range of different cultures, styles and genres. All children take part in a weekly singing assembly. Children in Year 1 have the opportunity to learn to play the glockenspiel and children in Year 2 have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder. We also offer opportunities for children in Reception and Key Stage 1 to be involved in the Rocksteady Music School programme.
We teach games, gymnastics and dance. Details of the PE kit are in our uniform list. All PE kit should be named and kept in a named PE bag which hangs on your child’s peg. Long hair must be tied back. Piercings must be covered or removed for safety reasons. At the end of the summer term we have our Challenge Morning – a carousel of fun events for everyone to enjoy.
The Religious Education curriculum is taught in agreement with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus.The aims of Religious Education are to -
acquire knowledge and understanding of religion, particularly as expressed in Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
develop the ability to reflect, respond thoughtfully and evaluate what they learn about religions.
We have daily assemblies. These must include an act of collective worship. We follow themes and celebrate world faith days. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and assemblies if they choose to. Please come and talk to us if you would like to know more about their content.
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
This is taught through circle time and group discussion. Games and activities help children to share and appreciate the feelings of others. We follow the SEAL curriculum which also links to our assembly themes. We teach the children about ‘Rights’ through the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools programme.
Thrive is an approach that supports all children with their personal, social and emotional learning. We assess your child in how well they form relationships and how resilient they are amongst other things. Staff structure activities to support their development. We have a dedicated space for Thrive work called the Sunshine Zone. We have 4 trained Thrive practitioners.