BLP – To underpin the curriculum at Grange Infant School, we have introduced ‘Building Learning Power’. This programme introduces the children to attributes and capacities, such as perseverance and collaboration. These give each child the tools and skills necessary to become successful and responsible citizens in the future. Learning power can inspire design and delivery of an effective and exciting curriculum.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children under 5 follow the EYFS curriculum in 7 areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The National Curriculum (NC)
Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum which consists of core and foundation subjects:
- Design Technology
- PHSE: Personal, Health and Social Education
Religious Education is taught in accordance with Hampshire County Council’s agreed syllabus: ‘Living Difference’. R.E. is not a subject of the National Curriculum but is statutory. At Grange Infant School, the curriculum is designed to give full coverage of the National Curriculum through topics which are planned to engage and excite the children.
The school teaches Literacy in line with the National Curriculum. Children learn reading and phonics through the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme. This runs daily and the children are grouped according to ability. In addition, children have planned reading and writing sessions. The children are given a purpose and audience for writing and are given much encouragement to develop as writers. Speaking and listening skills are developed through all aspects of the curriculum, as well as circle times and drama. All children have the opportunity to change their reading book on a daily basis. In addition to these books, children may bring home a copy of the text they are reading during their Read Write Inc. session. All children may choose a book from the school library which may be changed on a weekly basis. The Literacy curriculum is also enhanced through themed book weeks and visit from well-known authors and illustrators.
In line with the National Curriculum, Mathematics teaching builds upon early play experiences and helps the children to make sense of the world around them. They are taught the skills of problem solving and reasoning through rich tasks which encourage children to apply their mathematical knowledge. The children’s understanding of numeracy is developed using a variety of counting resources such as number lines and bead strings. Oral and mental work feature strongly in each lesson, with children gaining a good understanding of numbers, the number system, shape, space and measures.