At Spixworth Infant School, we are very proud of our child-centred curriculum.
We firmly believe that every child has the right to become a confident and capable reader, writer and mathematician. We also feel strongly that children’s creativity, inquisitiveness and personal and social skills should be nurtured and grown.
Our curriculum is planned to develop the whole child by offering a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum. The children have opportunities to explore new experiences and build on strengths. Every individual child can shine and at Spixworth Infants we love celebrating the strengths of every child, whatever they may be.
Phonics and Reading
Our Approach to Teaching Phonics
At Spixworth Infant School we use the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching phonics. All children have a daily interactive phonics session where they are taught each of the 40+ phonemes (sounds) and how these are recorded (graphemes) in words for reading and writing.
To make phonics learning as memorable as possible, we compliment the Letters and Sounds programme with rhymes and actions and incorporate learning in the outdoors, particularly in the EYFS.
At the end of Year 1 the children undergo a phonics screening check. We have excellent outcomes in phonics. Please see our Outcomes section under Key Information to view our most recent results.
Our Approach to Teaching Reading
At Spixworth Infant School, we aim to provide all our pupils with a reading rich curriculum immersed in a reading rich environment.
We do not follow one reading scheme. Instead we provide opportunities for children to explore and choose from a range of colour banded (levelled) books and an extensive range of ‘real’ books and other literature.
Children take part in a range of reading activities over the course of a week to develop their enthusiasm and love of reading and language. Such activities include: individual, paired, guided group and whole class shared reading. Reading at home is encouraged in all its forms including reading books, magazines, and electronic materials. Please see our English policy for more information on how children are supported to learn to read.
Every week, for one afternoon, all children at Spixworth Infants are given the chance to try new and different activities that go beyond the National Curriculum for their age. Each term, six different Enrichment activities are provided. Children take part in three of these activities in the first half of the term and the alternate three activities in the second half of the term. The children’s Enrichment groups are a mix of ages and abilities with only around 20 children in each group. Teaching assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Specialist Teachers lead Enrichment groups. Some activities, such as Forest School, run every term while others change termly.
|Planned Skills||Intended Outcome|
Colouring (to music)
Communication and reflection games
‘In the moment’
Listening, thinking, responding
|Awareness of self and others|
|Sarah (Oak)||Health and Safety||First Aid||Understanding of basic first aid and appropriate responses||
Know when and how to help in an emergency
|Natasha (Sycamore)||Music||Percussion inc body percussion and Djembe (Drums)||
|Identify a range of sounds, match and compare sounds, play simple rhythms|
|Danielle (Outdoors/hall)||Outdoor Learning||
Understanding the area and resources
Knot tying and using
Know how to keep safe in FS
Can tie at least two knots
|Outdoor Learning||Forest School|
|Jing Song (Maple)||Languages and Culture||Mandarin||
Listening/ Speaking Mandarin
Intro to Chinese culture
Recognise/ say Mandarin words/songs
Identify items from traditional Chinese culture