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The Curriculum

The Curriculum

 

At Brookland Infant and Nursery School we want children to:

  • think creatively and use their imagination

  • to be confident and independent

  • care for their environment and the wider world

  • solve problems

  • respect other people

  • communicate effectively

  • challenge themselves

  • be resilient and to persevere

  • form good relationships with others

  • be curious and ask questions

  • keep healthy and safe

  • reflect on their learning

 

We want our curriculum to:

  • foster enthusiasm and a love of learning
  • be exciting and engaging for all learners

  • be practical, cross curricular and fun!

  • stimulate creative thinking and problem solving

  • develop effective communication skills

  • discover, nurture and celebrate children’s talents

  • teach resilience and the ability to persevere

  • teach the essential skills of English and Mathematics

  • promote independence and motivation

  • develop social responsibility and citizenship

  • encourage a healthy lifestyle

     

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage covers children’s education and development from birth to 5 years. This includes Foundation 1, which we call Nursery, and Foundation 2, which we call Reception. Our aim is to develop their personalities, talents and abilities.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

 

PRIME AREAS OF LEARNING SPECIFIC AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Self Confidence and Awareness
Managing Feelings & Behaviour
Managing Relationships
Communication and Language
Listening & Attention
Understanding
Speaking
Physical Development
Moving & Handling
Health & Self Care
Literacy
Reading
Writing
Maths
Numbers
Space, Shape & Measures
Understanding The World
People & Communities
The World
Technology
Communities
Expressive Arts & Design
Exploring Media & Materials
Being Imaginative
We plan a range of learning experiences to help children develop in all of these areas of learning. We encourage and promote opportunities to allow children to express the characteristics of effective learning in their play.

 

Key Stage 1

In Key stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) we follow the National Curriculum. The current National Curriculum came into effect on September 2014 and applies  to all children in state maintained schools. It sets out the skills and knowledge which must be taught in each year group but does not specify how they should be taught, leaving that to each school’s judgement.  In addition schools are able to  individualise and enhance their curriculum to reflect their School’s characteristics and priorities.

 

Our creative curriculum is based around English and incorporates Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Religious Education and Physical Education. Mathematics is taught daily in discrete lessons following the Primary Framework. The children also follow a Personal, Social and Health Education programme. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Education Reform Act of 1988 and in line with the London Borough of Barnet’s Agreed Syllabus. The children have daily discrete phonics lessons and we follow the "Tower Hamlets" programme.

 
Sex and relationship Education
There is no formal sex education. The children are however taught about family relationships. Children’s questions are answered in a sensitive and responsible manner.
 
Educational Visits and Visitors
 
We believe in providing our children with as many first hand experiences as possible to inspire and consolidate their learning. Throughout the year we organise a range of trips and school visits. Some trips require hire of a coach and an entrance fee and therefore parents are asked for a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. Parent/carers must give written permission for every trip.
 
In the summer term all Year 2 children have the opportunity to go on a residential school journey with their teachers and support staff. This is a wonderful experience for the children and a highlight of their year. Over a period of two days and one night, they enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities.  Children enjoy these experiences and they develop self awareness, self confidence and independence.
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