At Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School we are committed to give our children a broad and balanced curriculum. We firmly believe that children learn more when they are enjoying themselves and we plan a range of rich and stimulating activities.
Following the introduction of the new Curriculum there will be a continued emphasis on the Key areas of Maths, English, Science and Computing complemented by Personal, Social and Emotional Education, History, Geography, Art, Music, RE, PE and Design and Technology.
The main changes to the national curriculum include:
Mathematics and Science
Five year olds will be expected to learn numbers up to 100 (compared with 20 under the previous curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10).
Simple fractions (eg ¼ and ½ ) will be taught from Key Stage 1.
Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time.
There will be stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (eg , the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in Key Stage 1).
Handwriting (not currently assessed under the National Curriculum) is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
Design, Technology and ICT
Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programmes.
From age 5, children will learn to write and test simple programmes, and to organise, store and retrieve data.
Internet safety (currently only taught from ages 11 – 16) will be taught in primary schools.
Year 1 – Phonics screening check
Year 2 – Teacher assessments in English, Maths and Science
In 2016 the Government will be introducing a new Spelling, and Grammar Test for Year 2 children.
Much of this has already been taught eg fractions, commas and apostrophes in Year 2 and some work on internet safety. Handwriting has had some relevance in previous SATs and we have been encouraging children to use joined handwriting as soon as we have taught the joins but we will be putting greater emphasis on this to make their writing ‘speedy’.
Wherever possible we combine subjects (cross-curricular approach) and use topics to stimulate the child’s interest. Although these may be primarily subject based e.g. historical they cover and include most of the curricular areas. We also use visual literacy every term and have special weeks throughout the school year. These include Science/Book/Problem Solving week on a three year rotation (Autumn Term), Diversity Week (Spring Term) and Health Week (Summer Term).
The themes currently being used by Year two are :
· The Great Fire of London
· Florence Nightingale
· Remembrance Sunday
· The Jungle Book – contrasting locations
· Forces and Friction
The themes currently being used by Year One are:
· Bears – fiction and non-fiction
· Visual Literacy using the films ‘Shrek’ and ‘Up’
In Reception the children learn through play but use visual literacy for the theme of Superheroes using the film ‘The Incredibles’. They also use ‘Toy Story’ and have a ‘Seasons Day’ in the School Hall.
During the year we have a number of visitors who enhance our provision including workshops and theatre groups. We are also a part of the BATIC Trust which is an education trust formed of local schools and benefit from a number of projects facilitated by the Trust. We also have a Teaching School Alliance in our area which will be a great resource.
Sex education is not taught specifically as a separate subject. Children’s questions are dealt with sensitively by the teacher and answered in a manner appropriate to the age and understanding of the child.
If you would like further information please contact the school or speak to a member of staff. Schemes of work are also available in school.
Reading and Phonics
At Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School we believe that reading should be for pleasure and enjoyment and we provide a wide range of non-fiction and fiction books that are colour coded so that the children can choose their books at the appropriate level. These levels include books from a number of reading schemes as well as popular stories by different authors. We constantly add new books to our reading boxes and it is great to see our children talking together about books they have read and helping other children to make their selection.
We use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics in our school. Delivering high quality phonics sessions has resulted in a large increase in our scores in the Year One Phonics Screening Check where 95% achieved the required standard in June 2014. Children in the Reception classes bring home common words to learn and parental support is really valued.