School Announcements:

It was lovely to see everyone at the Christmas Productions. Thank you very much for your generous donations. School closes for Christmas at 1.30 on Friday 19th December and opens at 8.50 on Tuesday 6th January. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. See you in 2015!
Watch this space for the latest announcements!

About Us

Banstead Infant School is located in Banstead Village and adjoins the Banstead Junior School site. Our published admission number (the number of children we can accept for places) for 2014-15 is 90. Please go to the Policies section of the website (under the Parents tab) to see our admissions policy.

Banstead Infant School is a school within the Oaks Academy Trust We established a multi-academy trust in April 2014 with Warren Mead Junior School because we are passionate about learning and wanted to build a family of schools to provide an outstanding education for our children. We believe that by working in close partnership with other schools our children, staff and school communities benefit from excellent and inspirational teaching, learning and leadership.

Banstead Infant School was built in 1989. The teaching areas surround an atrium, which is a large paved area with a glazed roof. In the main school building there are eight teaching bases are arranged in three units; each one has a practical and quiet area shared by the classes in that unit. There is a hall/gymnasium with purpose built floor surface, library/resource area and administrative offices. One Year 2 class has a new classroom opposite the main building. This has its own toilets, cloakroom and practical area. The school has its own grounds consisting of a playground, woodland walk, gardens, outside classroom and a pond. The school day starts at 8.50am, with the register being taken at 9.00am. There is a morning playtime from 10.40am-11.00am Lunch is from 12.00pm to 1.35pm and the day ends at 3.20pm.


Two of the banners that hang in our central Atrium. These banners were made by the children during the summer of 2008, with the help of our artist in residence, Sam Emery.

There are 270 children in the school ranging from four to seven years old.

Children, including exceptional learners and those with special educational needs, are taught as a whole class, often in small groups, and also as individuals, providing them with appropriate learning situations according to their age and stage of learning. You can find out more about how we meet the needs of children who have special educational needs here.

Our school aims to prepare our children with the skills needed for their future by:

    Providing a rich, challenging and dynamic curriculum that: :

  • Teaches the knowledge and skills that enable all children to be confident successful learners particularly in reading, writing and mathematics
  • Teaches all children the computing skills and technical knowledge necessary to enable them to explore, evaluate, exchange and communicate safely and effectively
  • Teaches the children to be creative thinkers who use reasoning and are imaginative, curious, observant, investigative, co-operative, adventurous and determined
  • Teaches the children how to be lifelong learners who take ownership and responsibility for their learning through becoming resilient, resourceful, reflective and using reciprocity
  • Teaches the children these key values: respect, responsibility, honesty, trust, co-operation and patience, and for the children to use these in their everyday lives towards themselves, other people, creatures and their environment
  • Promotes partnership with the community for the benefit of everyone
  • Teaches the children to understand the importance of a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • Click here to read an overview of our curriculum. If you would like further information please contact your child’s teacher. There are also termly meetings for parents at which the class teacher will explain how the curriculum is organised and the ways in which parents can help at home.

    The curriculum is delivered through a two yearly cycle of topics for each year group. This year, 2014-15 the topics are as follows:
    Reception: Let’s get Building, Planting and Growing and On the Move
    Year 1: Extreme Explorers, Down on the Farm, Time Travellers
    Year 2: Woodland Explorers, Twisted Tales, Dive In

    Each term parents also receive a curriculum letter explaining how the subjects are taught. Click below for the autumn term.

    Reception

    Year 1

    Year 2

    Reading

    We place a strong emphasis on the use of phonics as an early reading skill. We use a range of reading scheme books to support our teaching of phonics. We use books from The Oxford Reading Tree, Heinemann Storyworld and Rigby Stars series. These books are placed into book bands to ensure that they can be matched accurately to the needs of each child. Single and double sounds are taught throughout all three year groups, with daily phonics sessions. As the children become more fluent they are taught to use other strategies alongside their phonic knowledge. This results in children becoming fluent, expressive readers who have a love of reading.

    ICT plays an important role in teaching and learning at Banstead Infant School. We have embedded the use of ICT across our curriculum and are currently using an excellent new resource from the TES.
    Interactive Resources by TES iboard
    There are free resources to support children’s learning and specific resources to support learning in numeracy can be found on the learning platform in the Pink, Purple and Lilac Room.


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