At Northway Infant School, we strongly believe that children learn best through a broad and stimulating curriculum that is accessible, challenging and inspiring for all children. We involve all children in making choices about their learning, encourage curiosity, and challenge their thinking as they develop independence, responsibility and respect for now and the future. We provide opportunities for children to engage in the environment and world around them, making links to their own lives through real-life investigations, problem solving and applying their knowledge, skills and understanding individually and collaboratively.
We have a fantastic outdoor environment including a large playing and sports field, a wildlife area, a garden, a large playground and our Reception class have a purpose-built dedicated outdoor learning area to enrich their learning outdoors.
All of the children follow the programmes of study of the Primary National Curriculum 2014 or the EYFS Curriculum framework depending on their current year group. The school also provides a programme of PSHE (personal social and health education) and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) education.
To ensure coverage of these programmes, staff at Northway Infant School have devised planning based upon themes to give the children’s learning context and relevance. We try to start each theme with what we describe as a hook which is designed to drawn them in and engage their interest and enthusiasm.
We believe this approach ensures balance, continuity and progression throughout the school. A variety of teaching methods are used in school, this means children can be taught as a whole class, in small groups or individually depending upon the activity.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Years 1 & 2
We, as a staff, recognise that some of the curriculum areas can be taught cross curricular, usually through well planned topics, other areas are not, for example: reading, phonics, handwriting and basic maths. We reinforce the skills of reading, writing, maths and speaking & listening by embedding them across the curriculum. In order to maximise achievement we operate intervention groups in English, Maths and Nurture. We use a progression devised in house for the provision of phonics and grammar and use a range of reading schemes to support the children's reading. We implement a policy for our talented pupils which ensures their enquiring minds are stimulated.
Non-Core Topic based Learning
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education
Personal, Social and Health Education
Design and Technology
Taught discretely and applied in all learning
Each year group cover 6 topics per year with between two or three focus curriculum areas. All curriculum areas will be covered over the academic year. Each focus curriculum area has knowledge, key skills and understanding to be taught and these progress throughout the school. These are used to inform planning, assess and track progress.
Annual Plans for 2017- 2018
Autumn Term 2017 Overviews
Spring Term 1 2018 Overviews