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Curriculum

At Willesborough Infant School we deliver a Creative Curriculum.

A Creative Curriculum focuses on problem solving, discussion, collaboration and imaginative thinking that leads to the following 'creative behaviours':

  • questioning and challenging 

  • envisaging what might be 

  • exploring ideas, keeping options open 

  • reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes
  • making connections and seeing relationships 


The Creative Curriculum takes the National Curriculum content and uses a 'thematic' (topic or theme) approach to teach multiple learning objectives across different subject areas.  Teaching in this way makes more sense to young children as they make links in their learning and develop their skills as creative thinkers.

 By adopting a whole school approach to teaching and learning we aim to;

  • deliver consistency of teaching and learning across our school 

  • enable teachers to teach as effectively as possible 

  • enable children to learn as efficiently as possible 

  • give children the skills they require to become effective lifelong learners 

  • provide an inclusive education for all children 

  • learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative, enquiry based approach to teaching and learning, where good practice is shared

National Curriculum Link below:

https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview

During your child's first year at school they will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.  By the end of their first year in school they will be working towards the Key Stage One National Curriculum.  We believe that where one curriculum starts and another ends is different for all children and that is why learning is carefully differentiated to suit the needs of the individual.

Our provision is cross curricular.  Learning follows a theme or topic.  We believe that teaching in this way makes more sense to children as they make links in their learning and develop their skills as creative thinkers.

Teaching and Learning Policy(Click on this link)  

 

WHOLE SCHOOL LEARNING FOCUS

 

 READING

  There are three skills necessary for reading:

  1. Word recognition ~ decoding (blending) and encoding (segmenting)
  2. Understanding and interpreting texts
  3. Engaging with and responding to texts

At Willesborough Infant School we aim to:

  •  Develop a love of reading in our children
  • Teach children to read accurately, fluently and independently
  • Support children to understand the meaning of what is read to them
  • Develop children’s understanding of and response to the texts they read
  • Provide a wide variety of genres and stimuli
  • Enable children to use reading skills to access all areas of the curriculum
  • Develop the understanding that reading allows us to make connections with others
  • Stimulate and enhance children’s writing through their reading experience
  • Develop the ability to use reading to access the past, the future, and other worlds both real and imagined

At Willesborough Infant School our core scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. This is broadened and enriched by additional schemes and core texts.

Reading is enhanced through inviting class book corners, a well stocked library with fiction, non fiction and picture books, big books, story sacks, and kindles.

In order to ensure that our teaching of reading is as effective as possible we will:

  • Access a wide variety of factual, fictional, poetry and reference material to support our class topics
  • Have daily regular reading sessions where the teacher models the reading process, and children are involved through listening, following the text, joining in, and contributing to discussion and response
  • Have regular guided reading sessions to help children to understand and interpret texts, encouraging them to engage and respond to text
  • Consistently teach “Letters and Sounds” across the school
  • Have regular specified time for quiet reading in each class
  • Provide a guided free choice of reading materials in the class
  • Promote book corners and a vibrant school library which help to foster a love of books and reading

PHONICS

We use  the 'Letters and Sounds' document across Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Every child takes part in a daily phonics lesson. Our phonics lessons are fun, interactive and pacey. The teaching of phonics is carefully differentiated within classes to match the varying needs of children. In the early stages of learning, Jolly Phonics resources are used to teach phonics.

WRITING

We foster a love of writing from the earliest stages of learning. Children are taught to write in shared, guided and independent contexts within their daily LIteracy lessons. Opportunities for writing are incorprated into the children's learning environments and we aim to inspire them to write in their own time as well as in directed time. The application of writing for a range of purposes is incorporated into other areas of children's learning through topics. We are very proud of our 'Write What You Like!' strategy which was devised and developed by WIS and has now been cascaded to many other schools.

We celebrate Literacy by providing the children with regular enrichment opportunities such as; storytelling days, author visits, illustrator visits, drama workshops. Every year we celebrate 'Book Week'. This children enjoy a range of activities during this week.

                                                                                     

In Reception we teach the children to print the letters of the alphabet, ensuring that they begin and end in the correct place. When children are ready to progress on to writing cursively they use the supported cursive document as a reference. We refer to the green dots and arrows to support the children in correctly forming the letters. Please support your children with this at home.

Spelling is an integral part of our curriculum. We encourage our children to learn how to spell tricky words and common exception words correctly, using the mats below to support them. The tricky words can't be sounded out using phonics, the children have to learn how to spell them by using their alphabet names and by creating photographic pictures of these words in their heads. We give the children opportunities to practise these words by playing a range of spelling games, such as, hang man, creating the words in playdough, finding them in wordsearches etc. Our children love to practise these spelling by using rainbow writing. This is where the children change the colour of their pen each time they have written the word. Have fun creating games to support your children in developing their spelling knowledge!

TRICKY WORD Mat (please click on this link if you want to print a copy)

1 CEW Mat (please click on this link if you want to print a copy)

2 CEW Mat (please click on this link if you want to print a copy)

Developing Writing Progression Information Year By Year (Please Click  this link)

  

Maths

Early Years Maths

By the end of their Reception Year the majority of children will have achieved their Early Learning Goals. Some children will be working towards the expectations and some beyond.

Early Learning Goal for Number

Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is 1 more or 1 less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Early Learning Goal for Shape, Space and Measure

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Early Years Maths Workshops

We were delighted that so many Reception parents were able to attend our Maths Workshops. Parents found the information informative and enjoyed the opportunity to work with their child.

Click on the links below to access the presentations from the workshops.
 

Numicon Maths Workshop Presentation Session 1 (Please click)

Numicon Maths Workshop Presentation Session 2 (Please click)

Numicon Maths Workshop Presentation Session 3 (Please click)

 

 For your information, we have provided an overview of the Year One and Two Maths curriculum document.  It is divided into year groups and terms.

Year One Maths Curriculum Overview Terms 1 and 2

Oral and Mental Calculation

  • Recite numbers to 100 forwards and backwards from 0 or 1
  • Recite numbers to 10 as first, second, third
  • Read and write numbers to at least 20
  • Spell numbers to 10
  • Order numbers to at least 20
  • Compare numbers within 20
  • Find 1 more / 1 less of any number from 1 to 20
  • Find numbers between 2 given numbers
  • Count on or back in ones from a given number within at least 0 to 20
  • Identify 2D shapes in different orientations and begin to describe them
  • Identify 3D shapes in different orientations and begin to describe them
  • Compare and sort common 2D and 2D shapes and everyday objects
  • Describe position, direction and movement

Week 1 - Main focus of teaching - Number and place value to solve problems

  • Count up to at least 20 objects accurately
  • Order numbers to at least 20
  • Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and be able to write them in words
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line and use the language of:  equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
  • Model 1 more / 1 less (before/after) of a given number to at least 20
  • Given a number, identify 1 more and 1 less
  • Solve practical problems involving all of the above

Week 2  - Main focus of teaching - Addition within 10 to solve problems

  • Partition numbers 3 to 10 into two sets and re-combine
  • Model + and = signs
  • Model reading, writing and interpreting addition sentences
  • Add 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to numbers less than 6 by counting on
  • Add 1 or 2 to numbers 6 to 8 by counting on
  • Add zero to numbers
  • Use inverse to check answers to calculations
    • Solve simple one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations

Week 3 - Main focus of teaching - Money to solve problems

  • Recognise coinage 1p and 2p
  • Pay for items using 1p and 2p coins
  • Add combinations of 1p and 2p coins to make 10p
  • Solve simple one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using coins, objects and pictorial representations
  • Use inverse to check answers to calculations

Week 4 - Main focus of teaching - Measures; length and height to solve problems

  • Estimate and measure lengths and heights using non-standard but uniform units
  • Compare and order lengths and heights
  • Compare and describe lengths and heights (for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half)
  • Measure and begin to record lengths and heights, using non-standard measures within the range of numbers the children understand
  • Solve practical problems for lengths and heights

 Week 5 - Main focus of teaching - Addition and subtraction within 10 to solve problems

  • Model +, - and = signs
  • Model reading, writing and interpreting subtraction sentences (take away)
  • Subtract 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 from a number up to 10 by counting back on a number track
  • Subtract zero
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10
  • Use inverse to check answers to calculations
  • Solve simple one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction within 10, using concrete objects and pictorial representations
  • Solve missing number problems such as 7 = [ ] -5

Week 6 - Main focus of teaching - Number and place value 0 to 20 to solve problems

  • Order numbers 1 to 20 on track and bead string
  • Make teen numbers with apparatus
  • Partition teen numbers in 10 and rest
  • Compare 2 numbers - which is more or less?
  • Explore reading, writing and ordering teen numbers
  • Begin to recognise the place value of numbers beyond 20 (tens and ones)
  • Solve problems involving ordering and comparing numbers

 Week 7 - Main focus of teaching - Addition and subtraction bonds to 10 to solve problems

  • Partition 3 into two groups and model recording the resulting addition and related subtraction number sentences 3 + 0 = 3, 2 + 1 = 3, 1 + 2 = 3 and 3 - 0 = 3, 3 - 1 = 2, 3 - 2 = 1
  • Repeat with other number to 10
  • Use inverse to check answers to calculations
    • Solve missing number problems such as 3 = [ ] -2

Week 8 - Main focus of teaching - Shape, position and direction to solve problems

  • Recognise, visualise, name and describe squares, circles, rectangles and triangles
  • Vary size and orientation of shapes
  • Make pictures with shapes
  • Follow and then devise repeating patterns with shapes
  • Use of practical activities linked to position

Week 9 - Main focus of teaching - Addition, Subtraction within 20 to solve problems

  • Order numbers to 20
  • Find 1 more / 1 less for numbers to 20
  • Find 2 more / 2 less for numbers to 20
  • Solve problems practically using addition and subtraction bonds and facts up to 10, including missing number problems

Week 10 - Main focus of teaching - Multiplication and division and fractions to solve problems

  • Practical grouping and sharing of quantities to 20
  • Practical doubling 1 to 5
  • Practical sharing (halving) numbers to 10

Week 11 - Assess and review

 Year One Maths Curriculum Overview Terms 3 and 4

Oral and mental calculation

  • Recite numbers to 100 forwards and backwards from 0 or 1
  • Recite numbers to 10 as first, second, third
  • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals
  • Read and write numbers to 20 in words
  • Recite multiples of 10 to 100
  • Order random numbers within 100
  • Compare numbers within 100
  • Find 1 more / 1 less of any number from 1 to 99
  • Find numbers between 2 given numbers
  • Count onwards or backwards from a given number with 100
  • Recite days of the week
  • Recall addition and subtraction facts for each number up to 10
  • Recall doubles of number to 10 + 10
  • Recall halves of even numbers to 20
  • Name 2D shapes and describe them

Week 1 - Main focus of teaching - Number and place value to solve problems

  • Count up to 100 objects accurately
  • Count to and across 100 forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1 or from any given number
  • Order numbers to `100 on a track / number line
  • Model 1 more / 1 less (before/after) and 10 more / 10 less of a given number to 100
  • Place other numbers onto washing line marked with multiples of 5 and 10
  • Identify missing numbers on washing line / number line
  • Reinforce reading , writing and ordering teen numbers
  • Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words
  • Begin to recognise the place value of numbers beyond 20 (tens and ones)