Wootton Bassett Infants’ School provides a learning
environment where each child is helped and encouraged to develop his or her
full potential in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. ‘Where learning
is fun’ is at the heart of our curriculum intent.
As an infant school, we have designed our curriculum to reflect the needs of the children at our school. We begin with the individual child and what we want them to learn about themselves. We then widen our learning intentions to develop their understanding of the locality around our school, and finally, to the wider world. In our school every child matters. The curriculum will be the means of providing all children with creative opportunities for enjoyment and achievement.
We aim to equip the future generation with the knowledge
and cultural capital they need to succeed as educated citizens in modern day
society with sound judgement and strong core values which will enable them to
thrive, be safe, and be the best that they can be. Our intention is for every
child to leave us well prepared with a broad skillset, interest in the world
around them, and a range of life-long learning experiences which will inspire
them throughout their future education and beyond, contributing positively
within our community.
At Wootton Bassett Infants we offer an ambitious, cross curricular and topic- based curriculum with quality texts at its heart. Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at Wootton Bassett Infants as it is the skill that underpins everything that is taught and opens the door to learning across the curriculum.
The intent of our curriculum begins from the outset in the Early Years. Here, children are provided with creative, play-based learning and engaging ways to explore and investigate their learning so that foundations are laid for a lifelong love of learning from the beginning- this then continues throughout Key Stage 1. Through cross-curricular, play-based learning experiences, and the development of the characteristic of Effective Learning, the children are encouraged to become inquisitive, resilient learners who challenge themselves.
The foundations are then built on further in Key Stage 1, where a knowledge rich curriculum allows children to embed their core skills through a variety of learning experiences. Offsite visits and visitors into school, linked to the curriculum, provide first-hand experiences for children to ensure that the children’s learning is memorable and enables them to challenge themselves further. Regular sporting experiences, library sessions, book weeks, art and craft and extra-curricular events also widen children’s opportunities. Other experiences, e.g. theatre, cinema and seaside trips serve to further enrich the wider curriculum for the children and develop cultural capital.
Throughout their time at Wootton Bassett Infants, our pupils engage with the local community through local area visits, engaging with different cultural and generational groups and supporting local charities. Our core values are central to everything we do and ensure that our pupils make a positive contribution to society. Working in partnership with families is an integral aspect of life at Wootton Bassett Infants and parents are regularly invited to school to participate in their child’s learning and celebrate their achievements. The implementation of the curriculum is underpinned by our core vision and values, and these are routinely highlighted, encouraged and celebrated throughout the school community.
At Wootton Bassett Infants, we use the following resources to support then teaching of the curriculum:
Some subjects are taught discretely, and all national curriculum subjects are covered throughout Key Stage 1.
The Seven Areas of Learning provide the framework for the Early Years curriculum, but young children’s learning does not divide into distinct areas and a particular experience may develop learning over several areas at one time.Key concepts
A set of key themes and concepts that underpin our curriculum ensure that children can make connections and build on their learning, and exposure to ambitious and subject- specific vocabulary means they can talk and write about it.
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English and maths are taught as discrete subjects with additional daily phonics or spelling and guided reading.
English is topic based and book related using the key text or a related text from the curriculum map. Grammar is taught through reading and writing activities but there is some discrete grammar teaching, and this follows the school grammar progression.
Guided reading may take the form of group reading activities or whole class /shared reading and uses Vipers for key questioning and comprehension.
Maths follows the National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics and is taught daily. Key Instant Recall Facts support the teaching of mental maths and quick number recall.
Science, Computing, Music, PE, Re and PSHE are taught discretely unless robust links can be made with topics being taught. History, Geography, Design and Technology and Art and Design are taught through our topic -based approach with progressive skills and knowledge highlighted on subject area skills progression.
As a school we have created Curriculum Maps for both EYFS and KS1. This covers all the subjects taught in school.
EYFS Curriculum Map - December 2021
Key Stage 1 Curriculum Map - May 2022
Each year group also produces a topic web which gives you more information about what your child will be covering each term - the link can be found here Topic Maps
Our School brochures is divided into two sections with one covering the Curriculum - Part 2 - The Curriculum