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School Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.  At Oak Farm Infant School this refers to both the Nursery and Reception Years. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The framework can be found by clicking on the following link Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Schools and we teach this framework through topics that excite the children.

Key Stage 1

We aspire to help every child in our care to develop as a whole person, becoming confident, happy, independent, creative and adaptable; to love learning and achieve more than they ever thought possible. We believe that everybody should feel safe and that every child has strengths which should be recognised and celebrated.

Our curriculum is delivered in a creative way that inspires children's appetite for learning. In addition we have ensured our curriculum reflects the school community and includes content that will support all our children.

Through our curriculum provision, teachers develop pupils' spoken language, phonic knowledge, reading, writing and vocabulary and mathematical fluency as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. Fluency in the English language and numeracy is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Our curriculum is built on a foundation of skills that are practiced and extended each year and on knowledge and vocabulary that informs, enriches and extends understanding. It is also designed to recognise children's prior knowledge. At the beginning of each new topic we gather the children’s ideas through mind mapping and plan our teaching according to their interests and knowledge. 

All children will have access to a range of enrichment activities, for example, visitors to school and trips to the local area and beyond, in order to give all children the opportunities they may not otherwise have.

Our school values are the basis upon which our curriculum is delivered-support, respect, encouragement, effort, knowledge, challenge, achievement, success and fulfilment. Together with our PHSE and P4C curriculum and the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs, we believe our children will thrive and become confident learners.

We have very high expectations of behaviour and attitudes to learning and we expect all our children to do their best.

Our curriculum learning journey is mapped out from Nursery to Year 2 and sets out what children are expected to know at the end of each year. Subject leaders have mapped the content to ensure there is clear progression and extension of skills and knowledge. Each year group covers six cross-curricular topics per year to understand that learning is connected, relevant and purposeful.

Our curriculum helps to develop engagement and children who love learning. By the end of Year 2, children are able to work collaboratively and independently using a wide range of skills, an ever increasing vocabulary and greater knowledge. Progress from their starting points is at least good for all children and we aim for outcomes which are above national levels, ensuring children are ready for their next stage of learning in KS2.

Subjects covered within the curriculum are:

English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music;  Physical Education; Art and Design; Design Technology and Religious Education.

The National Curriculum can be found by clicking on the following link : National Curriculum in England: Primary Curriculum

Please hover over the navigation tab for Curriculum to click on the information available about each subject taught at Oak Farm Infant School. Please click on the sub-tab for Topic Plans under the Learning tab for more information about the half-termly topic plans.

Homework

The children bring home their reading book which they are encouraged to share with you.

Homework is set weekly according to the enclosed policy and framework.  Tasks usually support the Literacy and Numeracy work covered in class but other activities may be set to support learning in other area of the curriculum.

Homework Policy September 2015

Pastoral Care

The pastoral care of your child is the concern of every member of staff.  The class teachers, assistants and nursery nurses work in the close liaison with the Headteacher and Welfare Assistant/Administrator to see that all children are well nurtured during the school day.

Our Welfare Assistant/Administrator has a special role to play in forming good relationships with children who need extra attention for whatever reason.

If you have any anxieties at all concerning your child, please do not hesitate to come into school where you can discuss the problem with either the Head, the class teacher, nursery nurses or the Welfare Assistant.  Likewise if we are concerned in any way about your child then we will contact you either directly or by telephone or letter.

Special Educational Needs

All children who meet the admission criteria are welcome at Oak Farm Infants regardless of need.

The school has an Inclusion Manager. Her role is to identify, with the class teacher, any problem a child may be experiencing as quickly as possible.  This enables early intervention to take place through the formation of individual education plans. 

If it is judged necessary, individual and small group teaching is provided by assistants.  

If the class teacher is concerned about any aspect of your child’s education you will be invited to a meeting to discuss any measures planned and ways that you can help.  Regular meetings will then be held to keep you informed of progress.

The school keeps contact with outside agencies such as the School Nurse, Health Visitor, Educational Psychologist and Child Guidance Centre, so if we have a problem that cannot easily be resolved within the school we contact other professional agencies for advice.  Your permission will be sought before any outside agencies are invited to become involved.

Philosophy for Children (P4C)

At Oak farm Infant School children have the opportunity to take part in Philosophy for Children also known as P4C. P4C underpins our whole school ethos as it is about giving children the chance to think carefully about a wide range of questions in a deep and meaningful way. It teaches children to listen to others and have respect for other children's points of view, even it is different from their own.  P4C teaches children to reason and be reasoned with. For more information please see the adjoining slideshow.

Sex Education

Children will have the opportunity, through topic work and situation play, to learn the correct names for body parts and appreciate similarities and differences between the sexes.  We endeavour to answer all the children’s questions in a natural, understanding and honest manner.  There are no formal sex education lessons.