Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Maps

Enrichment

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.

 

 

Autumn Term

Broad Area
(What)
Specific Area
(How)
Planned Skills Intended Outcome
Ali (Beech) Mindfulness

Colouring (to music)

Communication and reflection games

Patience

Perseverance

‘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)

Listening

Tone

Volume

Rhythm

Identify a range of sounds, match and compare sounds, play simple rhythms
Danielle (Outdoors/hall) Outdoor Learning

Forest School

 

Understanding the area and resources

Knot tying and using

Know how to keep safe in FS

Can tie at least two knots

Juliette

(Outdoors/hall)

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

Curriculum Policy

thumbnail of curriculum policy 2017-18