Helping children to develop as confident, enthusiastic and effective learners is central to or thinking. We recognise the importance of designing and teaching a curriculum that inspires and challenges our children and begins to prepare them for life in the 21st Century.
Based on the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum we aim to promote a programme of learning which brings out the best in every child and which takes place in an inspiring and engaging learning environment.
Play is an essential part of daily life, exploration of the world around them encourages our children to seek and delve beneath the surface of things and to ask and answer questions like: What do you think…? Why do you think…? How do you think…?
The National Curriculum
At Wootton Bassett Infants we teach all the subjects defined in the National Curriculum:
All our children fall within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. Some of these subjects will be taught discretely but the majority will be taught through a topic based approach which embraces cross-curricular activities.
We do not necessarily teach lessons named after all individual subjects. Topics are planned to involve a range of subjects in the study of a theme e.g. Living & Growing or People Who Help Us.
The children work individually, in groups or as a whole class. The teaching staff carefully determine which approach is appropriate at any one time. In a formal school week 21 hours and 20 minutes are spent on teaching, including Religious Education but excluding the statutory daily act of collective worship, registration, breaks and lunch hour.
All children have equal access to all areas of the curriculum.
The Core Subjects are English, Mathematics and Science. More details on how we teach Mathematics within the school can be found here: Mathematics Presentation to Parents
The Foundation Subjects are History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Design, Computing and Physical Education.
The following phonic and reading schemes are used throughout the school: Oxford Reading Tree, Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. More details of how to help your child with reading can be found here Reading Workshop 2019
We have also introduced the Big Cat Phonics Reading Scheme.
We were pleased to be able host a Phonics information session for parents. The presentation can be found here Phonics workshop Oct2019
Our year 1 children will start practicing and using cursive writing within their daily work. Each child will have a laminated copy of the alphabet in their book bag but it is also available here Year 1 Cursive Writing Sheet
The presentation and parents guide to the scheme is available here Handwriting workshop Jan 2020