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Curriculum

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 cross curricular themes. Within these are aspects of:

 

Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Design & Technology, Art & Design, Music, History, Geography & Physical Education.

 

Different topics have different emphasis in respect of how the curriculum is covered.

 

Topics by Year groups are as follows:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

FS1

Me and my Family

Autumn

Bonfire Night

Diwali Advent

Christmas

 Transport

Chinese New Year

Space

 Pirates

 The Farm

Dinosaurs

FS2

All About Me

Autumn

Bonfire Night

Diwali Advent

Christmas

 Transport

Chinese New Year

Space

 Pirates

Minibeasts

Dinosaurs

Y1

Ourselves

Light & Dark

Toys

St.Nicholas

Christmas

 Judaism

Houses & Homes

Materials

Healthy Lifestyles

 Growing Plants

Joseph

 Our Local Area

Seaside Holidays

Y2

Keeping Healthy

Harvest

Fishing

Vehicles & Forces

Mexico

Christmas

 Growing & Changing

Florence Nightingale

Cities

The Great Fire of London

Puppets

Traditional Stories

How Hill Habitats

World Cup

Torah Scrolls

Read Write Inc

Reading & writing skills are taught through a programme called Read Write Inc. Read Write Inc teaches synthetic phonics in a fun & interactive way. In Reception the children are grouped across the year group. In Years 1 & 2 children are grouped across both year groups. This means that they work in a group best matched to their reading & writing ability. All teachers & teaching assistants teach groups which allows us to match them to children’s individual abilities. Fred Frog helps the children learn their sounds. Fred can only speak using phonics & needs lots of help from the children to work out what words say. The programme is filled with praise techniques & opportunities for partner work allowing children to take turns as teacher & learner.

 

Regular assessment of the children means that they are often regrouped to ensure that they are working at a level which is appropriate to them. We provide a comprehensive programme of 1-1 support for children who need further reinforcement & to bridge the gap when they move to a new group. We provide opportunities for parents to purchase flash cards at a subsidised cost to allow them to work with their children at home. We also offer opportunities for parents to come in to school to see the programme in action by watching teachers working with groups of different abilities across the school. You can find more information about Read Write Inc at www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com 

Physical Education & Sport

There are three main areas covered in Physical Education and these are games, gymnastics and dance. Children participate in 2 PE lessons a week and teachers use and suitably adapt a structured programme of lessons written by Val Sabin. Gymnastics and dance are taught in the school hall and games lessons are taught all year round outside using the playground and large field. Additional specialised coaches are also invited into school to work with the children to continue to develop their skills and provide a broad range of activities. During lunchtime a ‘Stay Active’ club is run by a coach which children access on a 6 week rota system. A changing variety of after school clubs are also provided for children to attend. In the summer term a fun Challenge Morning is organized and enjoyed by the whole school participating in a variety of events.

Information and Communications Technology – ICT

Using technology effectively and working with computers is an essential skill. Increasingly many children come to school with a confident attitude towards using computers. We teach the children how to log on and off, save their work to file, drag and drop objects and to use a simple word processing programme. They collect data to produce simple graphs. We also teach them how to use simple programmable toys and devices for recording images and sound. Ensuring that the children have safe access to the internet is essential. Our internet access is filtered through Norfolk County Council to help block unsuitable content. Children are always supervised by an adult when using the internet meaning that we can act swiftly should children be at risk. Internet based resources support children’s learning in class through the use of interactive white boards for whole class teaching as well as a variety of tablets.

Religious Education

The law states that schools must offer a broadly Christian education to children in England. We know and understand that this does not necessarily reflect the cultural backgrounds of many of the children who attend Caister Infant Nursery School & Children’s Centre. For this reason we treat religious education with sensitivity to ensure that respect and tolerance for religion are central to the children’s learning. We follow the agreed Norfolk Syllabus for Religious Education. This is in accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act. In addition to studying Christianity the children look at aspects of a number of other world faiths. Where possible we aim to allow children to meet members of different faith communities by organising visits to a range of places of worship or by inviting visiting speakers to come in to school. Assemblies will usually include a brief prayer. These are primarily focussed on making our community a harmonious place and the promotion of positive social living.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

In Foundation Stage, Personal, Social and Emotional Development is one of the prime areas and an integral part of everyday life in the early years.  Children also take part in activities to develop their self-confidence and relationships and also learn to manage their own feelings and behaviour.  Children learn that their opinions and ideas matter and they are involved in decision making processes such as thinking about how they could solve a problem.

 

The majority of PHSE curriculum is taught through SEAL, however there are also cross curricular links with science and maths in particular. We follow the government’s SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) which works through a series of 6 themes throughout the year. These 6 themes are the same in every year group allowing children to make continual progress throughout their time in school. The SEAL themes are ‘New Beginnings’ ‘Getting On and Falling Out’ ‘Going for Goals’ ‘Good to be me’ ‘Relationships’ and finishing with ‘Changes.’ PHSE is delivered through natural conversations that occur daily between adults and children and when dealing with any incidents that may arise. It is also taught via assemblies and through our creative curriculum as well as through outdoor educational visits and topic-based activities. Wherever possible real life contexts for learning are used which are relevant to the children and make use of actual situations and current issues.

 

 

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