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:
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.
WHOLE SCHOOL LEARNING FOCUS
There are three skills necessary for reading:
- Word recognition ~ decoding (blending) and encoding (segmenting)
- Understanding and interpreting texts
- 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
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.
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!
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.