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 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 and language
and the specific areas of:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
The school teaches phonics through the phases of the Letters and Sounds scheme. Early Years also use the actions from Jolly Phonics to teach the initial sounds.
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 a range of vibrant and engaging texts.
Mathematics is taught with emphasis on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Working towards developing 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 technology in the classrooms and the computer suite to develop their skills, support the curriculum and have supervised access to the internet.
Design Technology (including Food Technology)
Activities are planned to develop the skills of design, making and evaluation, 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.
In our school, Religious Education is a part of a broad and balanced curriculum. All pupils receive RE in accordance with the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2017-2022). We expect all pupils to experience the full breadth of our curriculum, but should parents or carers wish to exercise the right of withdrawal for all or part of RE, they should consult the Head teacher.
Our music education aims to develop creative ability in all children. This is achieved by fostering their understanding and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing. The children sing every week and all contribute to 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.
We provide opportunities for the children to take responsibility and grow into responsible students within our school.
In Year 2 children become playground buddies and assembly helpers. Year 1 and Year 2 pupils take turns to become part of the litter-busting team. All children get the chance to be register monitors and classroom helpers.
Collective worship (often known as an assembly) is part of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Assemblies are an important part of our school community life, so we hope that all pupils participate. Any parents or carers wishing to exercise their right to withdraw their child from all or part of collective worship should consult the Head teacher.
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.