At North Farnborough Infant School we believe that all children have the right to an inclusive education that enables them to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to be successful learners for life. As such we embrace the rigour and high expectations of the Early Years and National Curriculum but ensure that this is entwined with our own school curriculum.
In an infant school there are two Key Stages and here we ensure there is continuity and progression not only within but also between each key stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage is for Year R children [ages 4-5] and Key Stage 1 is for Year 1 and 2 children [ages 5-7].
Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)
In the Early Years Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in early years settings, including the Reception year at infant schools. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are:
- communication and language;
- physical development; and
- personal, social and emotional development.
There are also four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- understanding the world; and
- expressive arts and design.
All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities and we work closely as a team to provide opportunities for children to learn through carefully planned, purposeful play in both the indoor and outdoor environment.
Effective learning builds on and extends what children know and can already do therefore, our planning is informed by observations we have made of the children in order to understand and consider their current interests, experiences, development and learning needs.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the statutory standards that all early years providers must meet. This includes all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register.
Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1 we use a variety of teaching and learning styles including whole class, group activities, paired and individual work. This allows us to cater for the individual needs of the children very effectively.
We follow the statutory National Curriculum which is composed of: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education and Art. Religious Education is taught using Hampshire guidance.
We ensure that our curriculum is creative, stimulating and meaningful to our pupils by linking the different subject areas together into half termly or termly, themed topics. Staff work closely together to plan a scheme of work that ensures coverage of the National Curriculum and activities are planned in detail to ensure work is carefully matched to pupils’ abilities, enabling the development of skills, knowledge and understanding.
We have themed weeks and visitors to support learning whenever possible to further enhance the curriculum e.g. Arts Week , Geography weeks
End of Key Stage 1 Assessments and Testing
Teacher assessment of children is an on-going process which takes place throughout the year in all year groups. At the end of Key Stage 1 it is these teacher assessments which will be used to decide whether children have reached Age Related Expectations. To support this process, children in Year 2 have to take statutory tests in Maths, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation during May.
Whole School Curriculum Map
Long Term Curriculum Map 2017-2018
For more detail about what the children's learning entails on a weekly/half termly basis, please have a look at the year group topic webs and newsletters on the Class Pages page.
We hold a bi-annual e-Safety day where children, parents and staff receive information about how to keep safe when using the internet. Alongside this the school has termly e-safety assemblies to keep this very important issue at the forefront of the children's minds. In addition, families must sign up to an Acceptable Use Policy in order to access the school's log in for curriculum support materials. There is more information on our Internet Safety page.