Inglehurst Infant School Curriculum Intent
Nurturing and inspiring happy, healthy, confident, life-long learners
At Inglehurst Infant School we pride ourselves on creating a welcoming, caring and safe environment in which each person feels valued and respected. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, building the necessary skills and confidence needed for pupils to achieve high standards, as well as develop a life-long love of learning.
It is our priority to learn about the children as individuals, finding out what motivates and inspires them as well as their unique learning needs. We create a stimulating environment and provide rich learning activities that encourage children’s curiosity and an eagerness to learn. We aim to raise aspirations and encourage the belief that with ambition, hard work and resilience they have the potential to achieve great things. We want all pupils to become confident, healthy and caring individuals who value and respect the differences that make themselves and others unique.
It is important to us to build good relationships with families as it is our belief that when parents, carers and school staff work well together everyone benefits. By sharing unique insights and different perspectives we all gain a more complete understanding of each child’s abilities, strengths and challenges. We also know that a child’s chances of success in school are greatly improved when parents and carers know how to support their child’s learning at home and when children can see that they have a whole team of adults working together to support them.
Inglehurst Infant School is an inclusive school and we value the unique contributions that all children have to bring to the classroom. We believe that diverse groups of children working side by side will benefit all. We aim to break down barriers to learning by understanding the needs of our children and their families and putting in place support, where needed, for them to thrive.
As an infant school we believe that we have a duty to get the basics right and to lay firm foundations academically, socially and emotionally because we know that these positive early experiences will support future successes. Spoken language, vocabulary development, phonics, reading, writing and maths are taught daily so that children acquire the skills that will increase their opportunities to access the wider curriculum and to learn independently. We also provide frequent opportunities for children to develop social skills and the emotional capabilities to enable them to understand their feelings and to solve problems.
We have developed a creative topic based curriculum as we know from experience that children learn best when they are immersed in topics that interest them. The different subject areas are interwoven throughout the topics, taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills. Visitors to school and educational visits are planned in to topics to further enhance learning experiences as well as to inspire pupils and raise aspirations.
We review our curriculum regularly, reflecting on our practice and the latest educational developments and research. We are unwavering in our ambition to ensure that we provide the best possible educational experiences for our pupils so that each one of them can reach their potential and are well prepared for the next stage in their learning.
The teaching of English encompasses reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and speaking and listening. English is taught daily throughout the school.
All children in Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics sessions. Phonics is a crucial part of Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, as it gives children confidence and helps them become independent readers and writers.
Inglehurst Infant School’s phonics programme uses a synthetic, active approach to the teaching of phonics and is based on the good practice from the Knowledge Transfer Centre for phonics and reading.
Our early reading books are phonetically decodable and are organised according to the phases and grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) covered in them. The teachers ensure children practise reading with books that are decodable for them at that stage of their learning. We use Phonic Bug Club books to provide the core of the school’s guided reading scheme and Collins: Big Cat, decodable books for the children to take home to read to their parents and carers. Our home reading books closely match the phonic knowledge of the children. This allows our children to keep practising at home the learning that has taken place at school.
In addition to this, the children choose another book to take home from the school or classroom library. This book may often be at a reading level above that of the child. Its purpose is to be a ‘read aloud’ text, in which parents are encouraged to read it to their child, in order to promote a deeper enjoyment of reading, as well as introducing them to new vocabulary and genres of writing.
As part of the Literacy curriculum, the children take part in weekly guided reading sessions. These sessions allow the children to develop their reading and fluency. They are carefully planned to help the children develop their comprehension and understanding of fiction and nonfiction texts. There are also opportunities each week for the children to read individually.
At Inglehurst Infant School, we aim to teach writing in a range of genres, fiction and nonfiction, in line with the National Curriculum.
Writing is taught through the use of quality texts and other stimuli, such as short animated films. These expose the children to high level vocabulary, inference, a range of punctuation and characterisation. Each text is purposefully selected to promote a love of reading, engagement and high quality writing from the children. Class discussions and role play involving the texts, also help to develop and enrich the children’s own writing skills.
Mathematics is taught daily. Children are taught using a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach and they are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them to understand and explain what they are doing. These include everyday objects, counters, cubes, ten frames, numicon and base 10 apparatus.
Pictorial – Children build on this concrete approach by using pictures to represent objects. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – Children can then move on to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
Mathematics is an exciting and challenging subject and is essential to everyday life. We want all of our children to develop the ability to reason mathematically, solve problems and gain a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths includes counting and comparing numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It also involves measuring (distance, time, weight etc.), fractions and decimals, shapes (2d and 3d) and presenting information in tables and graphs.
Mathematical skills are taught through practical activities using apparatus such as numicon, counters and cubes, bead strings and base 10
By the time children leave our school, our aim is for each individual to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, for example knowing and using number bonds and times table facts. An emphasis is placed on learning mathematical vocabulary and encouraging children to talk about their work using the higher-level skills of comparing, explaining and justifying their answers. Puzzles and problems are used to help children to reason strategically to find solutions.
Key Stage One Topics
|Marvellous Me||Fun and games|
|Lights, Camera, Action!||Let's celebrate|
|Intrepid Explorers||Food glorious food|
|How it works||The nature of the beast|
|Secret Superheroes||Stories around the world|
|The world around me||Blast off!|
For more information about any aspect of the curriculum and resources, please ask your child’s teacher (if your child is already in the school) or contact the school office.
Our curriculum is arranged in topics. Please click on the relevant year group to view the termly curriculum maps.
Early Years Foundation Stage ( Nursery and Reception)
The Foundation Stage classes follow the curriculum guidelines in Development Matters.