Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

We provide a broad, balanced and relevant education for each child, paying particular attention to the teaching of basic skills and working within the framework of the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Aspects of subjects are linked purposefully together to provide many exciting learning opportunities which encourage creative thinking. We believe this approach ensures balance, continuity and progression throughout the school.

The Governing Body is in total agreement with the Nottinghamshire County Council Statement of Educational Aims.

Planning

Thorough planning is the key to making children’s learning effective and progressive. Effective learning builds on and extends what children know and can do. Our planning is informed by talking to our children and our observations of them.

All planning is based on the 2014 National Curriculum. If you would like to look at what your child will be learning please click on this link which takes you to gov.uk where you can navigate to the National Curriculum.

Teaching Methods

Our teachers use a variety of teaching styles. They consider tasks and desired learning outcomes then teach in the most appropriate way. This may include working with a whole class, a group or an individual.

The Learning Environment

We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first hand experiences. We foster independence and encourage children to become independent learners.

Most activities are portable and allow the children to take them to either the indoor or outdoor areas. The learning environment has been carefully divided into quiet areas and more active areas with small communication friendly spaces. Within our environment we have areas devoted to:-

  • Role play and storytelling – 2 role play areas, small world play, a stage outside and a storytelling area in the book corners.
  • Reading book and story corners
  • Writing area
  • Number area
  • Sand and water
  • Small and large scale construction
  • Art area
  • Discovery areas
  • Computers, an interactive whiteboard and other ICT equipment are also available for the children to use.
  • We also have a dedicated outdoor learning space and we make extensive use of the school grounds for exploration and learning.

Play

Well planned play is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. It provides opportunities for children to enter discussions, make friends, explore materials, be creative, use their imaginations and work collaboratively.

Extra Curricular Activities

Here at Larkfields we realise that a valuable contribution to education is made through visits and additional non-academic classes. Consequently, we organise educational visits to extend and enrich the work done in school and, in year 2, the children participate in a residential visit. All children benefit from visiting speakers, theatre groups and from our involvement in the local Family of Schools. Year 2 children learn country dancing and have the opportunity to play the recorder.

Special Teaching Arrangements

‘The needs of children are recognised through the systematic tracking of skills and progress from entry onwards. This helps identify if and where additional help might be needed, and support for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is excellent. The needs of higher ability children are also recognised and challenge provided for them.’ Ofsted 2007

Children with Special Educational Needs

We recognise that all children have their own individual needs at different times in their school career and we cater for these needs in a variety of ways.

We have a policy, in line with the Code of Practice, for meeting the needs of pupils, whether they have a statement of special educational needs or not. This detailed policy includes information about the school’s processes and procedures in the following areas: special educational provision, identification, assessment, allocation of resources, staffing, roles and responsibilities. A copy of the full policy is available in school and from the ‘Policies’ section of the website for reference.

It is always our policy to inform and involve parents when children require additional support. We may draw up an individual education plan for a child. This is always reviewed on a regular basis.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Larkfields Infant School we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in developing secure foundations for future learning.

The EYFS is for children from birth to five years of age. The final year of the EYFS is referred to as the Reception year (F2), which is when children enter our school. We have one intake of Reception children in September. Children will enter with varying experiences and abilities. Their needs will therefore vary. They require a well-planned and resourced curriculum to take their learning forward.

Learning and Development

The areas of learning as described by the “Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage” document (Department of Children Schools and Families, 2012) are:

Prime Areas:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)

Specific Areas:-

  • Literacy (L)
  • Numeracy (N)
  • Understanding of the World (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

We believe these six areas are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. We deliver all the areas through a combination of: planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities, and direct teaching.

Ks1

Our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are taught in accordance with the 2014 National Curriculum. The school’s KS1 curriculum is outlined under the category headings.

Reading

It is our aim to foster a love of books and reading. We encourage our children to read a wide range of materials, with fluency and understanding.
Listed below are the reading schemes the school uses prior to our pupils learning with ‘real reading’ books.

Jelly & Bean
Big Cat
Oxford Reading Tree
Sails
Project X

Ginn 360
Songbirds
Fireflies
Snapdragons
OLW

A&B
Ragtime Rhymes
Lighthouse
Ruby & Merlin
Storyworld

We provide a litary rich environment with easy access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We have an extensive reference library and in addition have recently developed this into a lending library for our pupils and their families.

We teach the skills of reading through whole class shared reading sessions, small group guided reading sessions and individual reading. We have an extensive range of scheme books and book banded ‘real’ books that allow us to tailor and scaffold children’s reading to their individual requirements. Reading is taught in accordance with the 2014 National Curriculum.

Phonics

Reading skills and spelling are taught through the delivery of phonics in a systematic way (using Letters and Sounds, Support for Spelling and elements of the Spelling Exemplification Programme as a basis for our teaching.) It is our aim to ensure the children are familiar with the high frequency words, both decodable and non-decodable from the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme.

 

English

Speaking and Listening

It is our aim for children to develop the necessary skills to use language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability, and for them to speak clearly, fluently and with conviction. We use rhymes, stories, role play, drama and poetry to develop listening skills.

Writing

It is our aim for our children to write effectively using spelling, simple punctuation and syntax with confidence and accuracy and to meet or exceed the national literacy targets. We give our pupils frequent opportunities to write for a variety of purposes, and we encourage creativity and independence in writing. The children are taught to support themselves with dictionaries and phonic knowledge.

Handwriting

Children are taught to produce well formed, properly orientated letters. They are shown how to hold a pencil correctly and to use legible upper and lower case letters as they move towards joined writing.

Mathematics

We follow a carefully structured maths programme which equips the children with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to enable them to progress through the National Curriculum. The children are encouraged to build up concepts through practical activities. They develop their own mathematical thinking through problem solving and investigation.

We aim to teach mathematics so that all children:-

  • Develop a positive attitude to mathematics
  • Develop skills in mental calculation
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding in using and applying numbers, measures, shape
  • Possess the skills required for problem solving and mathematical reasoning
  • Are able to communicate mathematics
  • Meet or exceed the national mathematics targets

Tests and assessments are carried out each term.

Once children enter school they are given a set of targets for their year group, and activities that can be carried out at home to help achieve these targets.

Click the icons below to access our ‘Maths at Home’ and Maths Glossary booklets. We hope you find it useful.

Maths at Home

Maths Glossary

Science

Young children are curious and keen to learn therefore science offers them the opportunity to explore and find out about the world around them.

At Larkfields our Foundation Stage 2 children take part in science based activities which are planned according to ‘The World’ area of learning within the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Activities are linked to cross curricular topics and their learning is assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of FS2.

During Key Stage 1 we teach science to cover the appropriate scientific skills and knowledge for Years 1 and 2 as laid down in the National Curriculum. At present our Y2 children are following the content of the previous National Curriculum as required and our Y1 children are following the content of the new 2014 National Curriculum.

The children are being taught to use a range of skills to meet the expectations of the Key Stage 1 Programmes of Study. When the 2014 science curriculum is fully implemented the children will carry out work about plants, animals including humans and everyday materials at an appropriate level for the different year groups. In addition to these topics Y1 will cover seasonal change and Y2 living things and their habitats. The science curriculum will be enhanced by science based learning through scientific enquiry methods related to our current half termly topics.

Computing

The use of Information Technology forms an important part of our work, providing a variety of cross-curricular activities. The children explore ICT and learn to use it confidently and purposefully achieving specific outcomes. They use different software to help them develop ideas and record creative work. All children have supervised access to the Internet to gather information and visit specific web sites. The school has a filtering system for Internet access.

Design and Technology

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, children are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the repetitive process of designing and making a variety of products.

The children are given the opportunity to learn where different food comes from and they are taught the importance of having a healthy and varied diet. The Kimberley School host a day where they invite the Year 2 children to take part in activities using their specialised rooms and equipment.

We value our adult helpers who enrich the Design and Technology curriculum by taking groups of children to do a variety of activities such as baking, sewing, and weaving.

Humanities

Religious Education

Our school is not affiliated with any particular religious denomination. R.E. is taught according to the current Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus. Arrangements can be made for parents who wish to withdraw their child from assemblies or teaching.

History

By using the child’s own history and that of the locality, we aim to give an awareness and understanding of the comparison between the past and the present. This is then extended to encompass a range of historical personalities, events and social situations.

Geography

The children study their local area, localities in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the ways and cultures of other people in other places.

Music

We give children a wide range of musical activities, which include singing, the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, and musical appreciation. We encourage listening skills, composition and co-operative performance. Year 2 children learn to play the recorder.

Health and Wellbeing

P.E.

Our aims in P.E. are to develop motor skills, increase fitness levels and to enable children to express ideas in movement. Use is made of the playing fields in the summer term and the children receive training in ball skills and team games. The Year 2 children have a weekly country-dancing lesson and our daily ‘Wake and Shake’ sessions are guaranteed to ensure a lively and fun start to the day for staff and children alike.

Primary School Sport Funding

Larkfields Infant School currently receives Primary Sport Funding every year to improve provision for PE in sport within the school. This money is from the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and has been ‘ring-fenced’ which means it can only be spent on sport provision and not on any other areas in the school. At Larkfields we strongly believe that if children can be engaged in sport at an early age that this engagement can last a lifetime. Sport encourages our young children to choose a healthy, athletic lifestyle and at this age we can provide the children with lots of opportunities to try a variety of sports.

How much is the Sports Premium Grant?

Allocations for the academic year 2016/17 are allocated using the number of pupils in year 1 and 2 and those age 5 in Reception, as recorded at the January 2016 Census as follows;

Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8000 plus £5 per eligible pupil; and schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per eligible pupil.

At Larkfields Infant School, we will receive £8905 for the academic year 2016/2017

We can use this money to:

Hire specialist P.E. teachers/qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching P.E.
Provide new or additional Change4Life sports clubs
Pay for professional development opportunities
Pay for cover to release teachers for development
Run sports competitions
Buy schemes of work/development modules or materials for P.E./sport
Provide places for pupils at an afterschool club and/or holiday club

In 2015-16, a significant amount of this money was spent on providing our pupils with experiences of sports that they may not usually have access to by organising a whole school day out to various sporting venues. We also provided continuing professional development for the PE subject leader, Mrs Merrill, so that she was confident in supporting the staff in their delivery of the P.E. curriculum. In addition to the provision of sport in school, we celebrate the achievements of children who regularly partake in sport outside of school by putting a photograph of them with their trophy or certificate on our ‘Sporting Achievements’ board. This enables everyone in school to celebrate pupils who lead active lifestyles and has been very successful. It has also encouraged pupils to lead active lifestyles out of school.

From September 2014 the money has been spent on:-

 

  • Continuing professional development for all staff on the new PE scheme and other aspects of PE teaching in school
  • Coaches and trainers from a variety of sports club to give the children the opportunity to experience a range of different sports.
  • Talented KS1 pupils attending competitions and festivals at the Kimberley School and George Spencer Academy
  • Participation in a Boccia competition between local schools preceded by after school coaching from Premier Education Group on Boccia ,
  • Organising a KS1 football tournament for local schools
  • Whole school days out/ in focusing on experiencing new sports through taster sessions
  • Provision of a running club
  • Daily Funfit sessions
  • Football coaching for FS2 and KS1
  • Provision of dance workshops for all pupils
    Impact
  • As a result of these initiatives we are seeing an increase in pupils’ interest in different sports and in pupil participation rates in sports outside of school, evidenced by certificates and trophies brought into school by the children which are then shared in assemblies. This year we have offered 244 places at sporting after school clubs, enabling 107 of our 120 KS1 pupils and 23 of our 60 FS2 pupils to participate.

Additionally the Sports Development Funding has been targeted at pupils for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding. This is to ensure that our most disadvantaged children are able to access out of school activities to broaden and deepen their overall development.

Primary Sports Funding Spending 2016-17

 

Resource Amount Number of Pupils Intended impact

First Grade Sports

 

 

 

 

 

£6120

 

 

 

 

 

All pupils

 

 

 

 

 

Develop the skills of the teaching staff

Provision of after school activities including tag rugby, hand ball, tri-golf, zumba, cricket and tennis

Funfit sessions

equipment

£680

£459

48 pupils Develop core strength and co-ordination
Running club £420 8 pupils Pupils with SEND benefit from this extra-curricular activity
After School Football Coaching £660

72 pupils

Our F.A. coach has delivered football skills at every level of competence

Whole school health and fitness day

 

 

£1500

 

 

 

All pupils

 

 

 

Pupils experience a day filled with a variety of new sports, e.g. archery, fencing and learn about staying healthy

Homework

At Larkfields Infant School we encourage parents/carers to play a full part in their children’s education and this includes helping children when they bring work home. Homework can help consolidate learning and can assist in the development of important work habits, such as personal organisation and self discipline.

The following section shows you the kinds of homework that parents/carers can expect their children to receive from us so that they may fully support the work of the school.

Foundation Stage Two

Children bring reading books home daily to share with you. About ten minutes is an ideal amount of time to spend on this activity.
Sometimes your child may bring sounds or words to practise.
Children are encouraged to visit local libraries with you.

Year One

  • Children bring reading books home daily to share with you. Between ten and fifteen minutes is an ideal amount of time to spend on this activity.
  • Sometimes your child may bring spellings home to practice.
  • Your child may bring home activities linked to a specific area of learning, which has been covered during the week and is both purposeful and relevant in the consolidation of your child’s learning, but only when appropriate.

Year Two

  • Children bring reading books home regularly to share with you. About fifteen minutes is an ideal amount of time to spend on this activity.
  • Sometimes your child may bring spellings home to practice.
  • Your child may bring home activities linked to a specific area of learning, which has been covered during the week and is both purposeful and relevant in the consolidation of your child’s learning, but only when appropriate.
  • Children learning to play the recorder are encouraged to practice each week.
  • Children are encouraged to visit local libraries with you.

Half termly newsletters specifically inform parents of current areas of learning, which enable you to support your child at home and extend their learning by using reference books, the internet or by visiting places of interest.

Art & Design

  • Enjoy art and design and develop increased confidence and control over the processes involved;
  • Experiment with different media to understand their potential, to become familiar with their characteristics and to develop competency when working with them;
  • Understand basic principles and ideas in Art and Design; mixing colour, exploring pattern and texture, exploring the use of 2D and 3D shape and form, experimenting with line and tone;
  • Respond positively and with understanding to the diversity of Art and Design across different cultures, times and styles;
  • Are provided with the opportunity to work collaboratively;
  • Develop the ability to observe and examine the world about them and to be excited by it;
  • Develop an ability to evaluate and modify the process and the end product of their work and the work of others.