Children in the Reception classes work on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum whilst children in Year one and Year two work on Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum programmes of study. The curriculum is constantly monitored by the Headteacher and Governors. All classes have interactive whiteboards and access to IPads, netbooks, digital cameras, a wide range of software and programmable floor robots.
Science stretches the imagination and creativity of young minds. It has changed our minds and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. It develops a sense of excitement about natural phenomena and enables us to give rational explanations. Science can help us understand what is happening, predict how things will behave and lead us to conclusions, based on evidence. Children are prompted to ask ‘what if?’ and ‘why?’ and are guided to arrive at possible answers and solutions. It is a powerful discipline which allows us to interpret and sometimes control the world around is. Our children become Scientists to explore, discover and investigate, arrive at new knowledge and venture into unknown and unexplored territory.
As computing is continually developing and new technologies emerging, St Andrew’s aims to give all children the skills to prepare them for their future. Computing is an essential part of everyday life and will continue to evolve in as yet unforeseen ways, so our children will need the confidence and ability to move with changes as they arrive. We are working towards an environment where technology is an integral part of school life and is used as naturally across the curriculum as any other classroom resource. We believe that the use of technology encourages children and adults to become active and independent learners, who collaborate, plan and communicate more effectively with each other and the wider local, national and global communities, of which we are a part. We understand the importance of technology safety and teach our children the importance of being safe in a digitally literate world.
Through cross-curricular opportunities, children are encouraged to learn about the past and make informed judgements on the significance of past events and how they influence life today. Children develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Children study changes within living memory and events beyond living memory, such as the Great Fire of London, and study the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. The local environment is used to support learning at every opportunity. Children make use of independent research both in school and as part of their homework in order to extend their knowledge.
Geography is taught as part of a theme in a cross curricular manner. Geography inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Children are empowered to develop their geographical skills and knowledge about physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. As well as ICT and technological tools, we also encourage physical activities and experiences in both the school environment and local community. Children learn to use maps, develop field work techniques and begin to build up a knowledge and understanding of places near and far.
During humanities, the children have access to artefacts, pictures, photographs, computer based materials and other resources to build up historical and geographical skills.
Art and Design
Art and Design engages, inspires and challenges children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children learn to express themselves using a variety of media. They paint, draw, construct models, do collage work and pottery. They also develop skills in close observational drawing. We encourage them to take pride in their work and to aim for high standards in presentation. Using artists in residence, pictures and artefacts, children develop an understanding of the work of artists and crafts people and apply that knowledge to their work.
Design and Technology
The purpose of Design and Technology is to enable the children to be inventive in designing practical solutions to problems and to learn to use appropriate tools and materials with increasing skill. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and resilient learners. They develop a critical understanding through evaluation and redesigning to further improve designs. We aim to provide the foundations of a high quality design and technology education to support contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At St Andrew’s CE Infant School our vision is to promote a long term healthy lifestyle that is enjoyable and fulfilling. Children are inspired to engage in lifelong activity, raise their attainment and build self-esteem. Physical education is an important and unique part of the curriculum that contributes to the development and maintenance of fitness, motor skills, health and brain development.
Children learn social skills through activities involving co-operation and collaboration which enhances teamwork and leadership. Pupils will develop positive attitudes towards themselves and will gain a sense of fair play, understanding how to conduct themselves in competitive situations. Sport transcends cultural boundaries and children are given opportunities to experience other traditions through dance and games.
Collective Worship and Religious Education
Pupils take part in an act of collective worship each school day. The Rector of St. Andrew’s, and other visitors are invited to take part in, or lead worships. The children are given the opportunity to reflect upon stories and themes which are led through eight Christian values: truth, friendship, love, forgiveness, respect, courage, perseverance and creativity. These values are embedded across all areas of school life and promote Christian distinctiveness through awe and wonder.
Religious Education provides opportunities to foster the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the child and plays an important part in children’s education. Religious ideas are introduced through everyday experience, exploration of the natural world and through stories, customs, celebrations and visits to St. Andrew’s Parish Church.
Religious Education develops a caring attitude and sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. It promotes a positive attitude towards themselves and an awareness of a sense of mystery and wonder in life. This curriculum area provides an interest in and respect for their world and an awareness of the interdependence of the natural order and of people. Through teaching, children consider a sense of right and wrong and a sense of thankfulness and reverence.
We follow the County Agreed Syllabus. Teaching is non-denominational and predominantly of the Christian tradition. We encourage children to be aware of other faiths and traditions, and foster attitudes of respect and tolerance. R.E. is taught mainly through cross-curricular topics and we cover the main Church festivals.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E. lessons and Acts of Worship.
Our Music curriculum fosters the enjoyment and appreciation of music at the same time as developing creativity and technical ability. Essential skills of music are taught regularly to enable children to develop vocal, rhythmic and instrumental ability, as well as an understanding of musical traditions, styles and cultures. In Year 2 the children learn to play the recorder and this provides an opportunity to perform to an audience during their end of year performance.