Curriculum

 


The National Curriculum

Our teaching and learning is directed by The National Curriculum and as a Church of England (VA) School we follow the Diocesan Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which two of our staff members helped to write. PSHE teaching is supported by the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).

Children join us in Reception and follow the Early Years Curriculum, in Years 1 and 2 we follow Key Stage One of the National Curriculum.  More information about both of these can be found on the Government website or by clicking here

We have put together some Helpful hints for parents click on the link to download the Early Years Foundation Stage Helpful Hints for Parents

English, Phonics and Reading

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

    read easily, fluently and with good understanding and develop the habit of reading widely and often, for       both pleasure and information

acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 

The school uses Read Write Inc to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of phonics.  The scheme is based on the development of reading skills – teaching sounds which can then be practised and applied in reading books. Children start to develop their phonic knowledge whilst they are in the Pre-school. This supports their development ready for reception.

In order to develop reading skills we use a variety of resources.  Our main scheme for individual reading is the Oxford Reading Tree, however, we also have a wide variety of other schemes include Project X for group reading and Code X for children who may need further support.  The children have a reading diary, which supports the development of both reading and writing skills through undertaking a variety of activities based on the book each child is reading.


Mathematics 

Purpose of study

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.

Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

Programme of Study for Ks1 and Ks2 from the National curriculum, please click on the link below;

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf

 

 


Religious Education

The children at Bramley Infant School enjoy their learning in RE and the teachers ensure that the learning experiences are creative, thought provoking and inspiring. We are proud of the achievements of the children in RE, which was reflected in the May 2015 Outstanding SIAMs Inspection and the school enjoys celebrating their successes through different productions and assemblies.

Below are statements from the Diocese about the new guidelines.

The overviews aim to ensure continuity and progression across the Primary phase, and to adequately prepare pupils for the Secondary phase. The new units to some degree mirror the core structure of the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for RE whilst maintaining the distinctively Christian elements. This helps to adequately prepare pupils for their next school and aid the process of transition.

Curriculum overview

Foundation Stage

There are 9 compulsory units for all Foundation Stage pupils. These are short units that build on implicit RE experiences.

The three core concepts around which the Foundation Stage units of study are based are central to gaining an understanding of religion in its widest sense. The concepts apply to both human experience, which is the starting point for RE in Foundation Stage, and to the world of religion. It is the recommendation that the learning in RE should start from the child’s own experience (implicit RE) and lead children progressively to the Diocesan units of work, which focus more on Explicit RE. The three core concepts are specialness, celebration and Belonging and Community.

KS1

There are 14 compulsory units for Christianity (not less than 80% of RE time should be spent on Christianity) and 3 units focussing on other faiths (not more than 20% of RE time should be spent on studying other faiths). Each year group has specific units related to Jesus, Church, Bible, Christmas and Easter in order to ensure progression.

There are displays throughout the school that celebrate the children’s learning – in addition, there are displays of work from Reception, Year One and Year Two in the main hall to show an aspect of RE to the wider community.

 

Computing

Computing is taught as part of other subjects - to support learning in other subjects and is taught alone to hone skills. We have Learn pads, Ipads, lap tops, interactive whiteboards, beetbots, walkie talkies and computers to support the children's learning in computers.

 

PE, Games and Swimming

 

In Year 2 the children have a free swimming lesson every week throughout the year. Swimming takes place at St Catherine's school and the pupils are taught by St Catherine's coaches.

 

In Year 1, Year 2 and Reception we have Sports Coaches who come in and take each class for a multi-skills lessons every Friday, each class has an hour lesson.

 

In Year 1 the children have a PE lesson on a Monday afternoon with the class teacher.

 

Reception and Nursery have Physical Exercise as part of their daily curriculum, they have equipment to develop their physical skills, fine and gross motor skills inside and outside.

 

Art, DT, History, Geography and Music

These subjects are mainly taught through topics in the afternoons.

We have sewing volunteers who come in and support the curriculum in Key Stage 1.