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The Curriculum

We deliver the National Curriculum as specified by the Department for Education and Skills in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). You can find out more about this by clicking here

This consists of core subjects: English (including drama), Maths, Science, ICT and Foundation Subjects: Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Art. P.E., PSHE and Citizenship.  We also teach RE.

Year R complete the Foundation Stage Curriculum which is delivered through the following key areas:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional & Economic Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (this forms the foundation for later work in Science, History, Geography, DT and ICT)
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Full details of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework can be found by clicking here and for further information on the Development Matters in the EYFS, please click here.

At Millbrook Infant School we believe that the Early Years of Education are crucial in developing a love of learning and the start of life long learning. Whilst the key skills in English and Maths are vital and these underpin all of our curriculum as well as being taught discretely, we also firmly believe that learning should be linked wherever possible to allow children opportunities to use their skills within a fun, creative and problem solving approach.

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and allows time for all subjects to be valued. We provide many wonderful, stimulating opportunities for our children throughout their time with us.The following gives a flavour of these:

  • Educational visits and visitors linked to themes being taught in class e.g. Year 2 receive a visit from Samuel Pepys to bring History to life whilst learning about The Great fire of London. We aim to incorporate visits or visitors within each topic.
  • Where possible we enhance our topics with lots of actual artefacts, e.g. original tools for the kitchen in the past, a Keyper when we are finding out about Judaism.
  • Special Weeks take place every year e.g. Book Week, Science Week, Arts Weeks – the focus for these weeks runs throughout the school and usually involves a collective assembly where the children are able to share with peers what they have been doing.

We also endeavour to give the children an understanding of personal, social, moral, spiritual and health education, as well as an awareness of the world of work and intercultural understanding. We value our well developed outside areas as learning resources and make maximum use of them.

As an Infant School, we provide 25 hours of education time per week for our children. This includes playtimes, assemblies and registration time.Clubs

We run a wide range of pre school or after school clubs for children such as football, gymnastics etc. We do try to vary the clubs we offer the children ~ currently the following are happening / scheduled to take place.

  • Drama club is run by Erika Burrows from Christ the King Church on a Friday lunchtime.  It is open to year 2 children and teachers select from those wishing to go on a monthly basis.
  • French Club, led by Carole Warnes takes place once a week before the start of school at 8.15am. Payment needs to be made directly to Carole and further information can be obtained from the admin staff in the office.
  • Spanish Club, led by Marta O’Reilly, also takes place once a week before the start of school at 8.15am. Like French this is an externally run club and payment needs to be made directly to Marta. Further information may be obtained from the admin staff in the office.
  • We use external club providers to offer FUNdamentals, football and gymnastics clubs after school on three days each week; for further information ask in the office.

We welcome your support in working with your child at home to reinforce and/or extend work in the classroom. Sharing books with your child, working to help them learn words by sight, finding phonic patterns and completing sentences etc., are activities you might be asked to support your child in as they move through the school.

Homework is sent home on an individual basis ~ please discuss with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about homework.

Learning to read is a priority for young children therefore we recommend you share a reading book each night, or as often as possible, with your child in order for him / her to practice reading.

A full copy of our homework policy is available in school.


 

 

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