The Curriculum at Banstead Infant School
We use the National Curriculum and the Religious Education syllabus and have added key elements which drive the curriculum. These drivers are:
- Literature at the heart of the curriculum
- The habits of an expert: determined, observant, imaginative, investigate, curious, adventurous, co-operative and the use of reasoning
- Learning to learn skills: resourceful, reflective, resilient and the use of reciprocity
- Learning without limits: allowing the children to surprise us and themselves
- Environment: creating a learning environment inside and out
Within the framework of the National Curriculum requirements we have developed a creative curriculum which offers a broad and balanced approach to learning and is underpinned by strong purpose and values. We have high expectations for all children and expect them to surprise us. Our curriculum is based on cross curricular topics which are driven by exciting and rich texts. The teachers work together to ensure that over the course of Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) the children are provided with a rich, dynamic curriculum that enables them to be independent and share responsibility for their learning.
Alongside the habits of an expert the children are taught learning to learn skills. These skills underpin what it means to be a good learner and the children are encouraged to reflect on their learning using the skills as a framework.
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. 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.
We recognise the role of values in providing our children with an understanding of what it means to be a good citizen. Values are at the heart of our school and guide our actions and decision making. We chose the Jammie Dodger biscuit as a symbol to help the children to remember them. The biscuit represents all our learning but the jam is the heart of the school. Our key values are: respect, responsibility, honesty, trust, co-operation and patience. The children are taught to use these in their everyday lives towards themselves, other people, creatures and their environment. These values are embedded as part of our daily practice as teachers, in assemblies and in the conversations we have with children.
The children are taught how to respect each other and themselves and to celebrate the differences in everyone, no matter what their faith, culture or lifestyle may be. We teach the children what it means to be a good citizen through weekly citizenship teaching. This also includes teaching emotional literacy which enables the children to express their own feelings and to understand the feelings of those around them. They learn about the consequences of their actions on themselves and others in the real and digital world.
The children are also taught about how to lead a healthy lifestyle; we are a Healthy School and have achieved a Bronze Award as part of Surrey’s Healthy Schools initiative.
For full details of our curriculum for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) please download the policy below.
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, 2020-21, the topics are as follows:
Reception: The Journey Begins, On the Move, Under our Feet
Year 1: Extreme Explorers, Down on the Farm and Time Travellers
Year 2: Woodland Explorers, Twisted Tales and Journeys
Each term parents also receive a curriculum letter explaining how the subjects are taught. Please click below to read this term’s curriculum.
We place a strong emphasis on the use of phonics as an early reading skill. The children are taught phonics using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme. They learn actions and songs for each of the sounds, how to write the letters to match the sounds and how to blend sound to read words. You can find out more here. There is also a very good Jolly Phonics App which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
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.
IT plays an important role in teaching and learning at Banstead Infant School. We have embedded the use of IT across our curriculum and are currently using Purple Mash.