Every child at Dropmore Infant School has access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum comprises all the varied and exciting activities and experiences we offer to the children and includes all the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and National Curriculum 2014.
The Early Years Foundation Stage - EYFS (Reception)
Children begin school with a wealth of skills and knowledge. The period of education from birth to five is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
There are 3 prime areas:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Subjects
These are categorised as Core Subjects -
The foundation subjects are:
- Art and design
- Design & technology
- Physical Education
In addition we teach Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Citizenship.
The basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics are given a high priority.
We place great emphasis on literacy at Dropmore Infant School. Children are taught the skills of handwriting, spelling, reading and comprehension, punctuation and grammar and are encouraged to write for many different purposes. They are given the opportunity to listen and respond to stories and poems and we are very successful in helping children to become confident, independent readers and writers.
The three areas of the national curriculum are taught; speaking and listening, reading and writing. Reception and Year 1 have a daily phonics lesson bases on the systematic ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. Basic writing skills are taught in Reception and children are encouraged in their emergent writing. In Year 1 children move onto writing more structured pieces of work, using simple punctuation. In Year 2 children are given the opportunity to develop and progress their writing skills through drafting process and use a joined handwriting style. Children in Key Stage 1 are given weekly spelling lists and sentences to practise at home and have spelling tests every week.
Reading is taught using phonics, look and say and many other strategies. The school uses commercially produced reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, New Way, Alphakids, National Geographic and real books. Children read for enjoyment and information every day.
Children’s speaking and listening skills are encouraged through participation in class discussions, sharing assemblies to which parents are invited, through the annual school play, through church services and by writing and delivering a leavers’ speech at the end of year service in July.
Children read at school regularly either individually or in groups and they are encouraged to read at home with their parents every day.
Children are taught the importance of selecting from a range of mental strategies to solve mathematical problems. Emphasis is placed on practical and oral work and mental computation as well as the application of principles and knowledge to everyday situations.
A wide variety of mathematical skills are taught through the maths curriculum; counting, adding, subtracting, multiplication and division. There is also a focus on practical problem solving to teach measuring, weighing, understanding shapes, using money and telling the time.
Children are encouraged to ask questions and find out about the world in which they live. They investigate plants, animals, materials and seasons, explore the world around them and record their findings through different types of tables, graphs and charts. Children look at how to make predictions, compare and contrast differences between things and how to measure and assess the results of their findings.
Interactive panels are fitted in all our classrooms. We have a central network and wireless access system in place. All classrooms have access to permanent and mobile IT equipment to deliver the computing curriculum and enhance learning across the curriculum. Children learn how ICT is used in their daily lives and develop skills in communicating, data handling and programming.
Religious Education at Dropmore Infant School fosters in children a reflective approach to life. Children are given opportunities to explore and respond to human experience. They also investigate religious traditions and listen to a range of stories from other faiths.
Whole school assemblies with collective worship are held each morning. The children attend the local church, St Anne’s, twice a year at Harvest and Christmas. They also visit the church as part of the RE, History and Geography curriculum.
The school follows the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus on RE and we teach children about a wide range of different religions, beliefs and customs to reflect the diverse world within which our children live. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship.
History and Geography
We use the subjects of history and geography to develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the world, both past and present. They are topic based and are usually taught as part of the Creative Curriculum. Children find out about famous people, places and events from the past as well as studying the local community in order to compare it with other localities. For example, recent topics have included; “The Dropmore School House” where children looked at the history of Dropmore and people who lived on the estate, and the geography of the area, farming, landscape etc. The school has logbooks dating back to the 1850’s which children have looked at and had read to them. The headteacher continues to write a weekly account in the log book.
Art & Craft and Design Technology
Quality art work can be seen displayed all around the school. We believe that art and design stimulates creativity and imagination and encourages our children to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials. Art and Design focuses greatly within the creative curriculum and children also benefit from a weekly art and craft session. We achieved the Artsmark in 2014 and continue to provide a wide variety of artistic experiences for the children.
Music is an integral part of the curriculum. All children have a weekly music lesson and singing practise. The Year 2 pupils all have a weekly recorder lesson. Music also forms part of the general learning, through singing in class and in assembly. Dropmore School is proud of its achievements in the performing arts. At the end of every autumn term a musical Christmas production is staged, where every child in the school takes part. This increases confidence and is enjoyed by all – children and parents alike. The children enjoy visits from theatre groups and visits to the theatre.
Our music curriculum is designed to give the children the opportunity to enjoy music of all kinds and experience a wide range of musical activities. Children create their own compositions, perform to the rest of the class and listen and respond to music from a variety of cultures.
Focus is placed on the three aspects of gymnastics, dance and games. Our aim for pupils in physical education is that they engage in and enjoy physical activity. We endeavour to provide opportunities for children to participate in extra- curricular clubs such as football, and multi skills.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Citizenship
We have an extensive PSHE programme that develops the children's self-esteem, communication skills and co-operation. Children are taught about values and behaviour and are encouraged to be aware of their own behaviour and its effect on other people. We encourage children to consider others and to behave in a kind and considerate way both in lessons and during playtimes equipping them to be responsible and independent individuals.
The children learn about, and are encouraged to care for and use the school grounds and local environment through a cross-curricular approach. They are taught the value of reducing, reusing and recycling. Children will also learn about global environmental issues and about the part they can play in making our world a better place for everyone. Where possible, the outdoor environment is used to enhance lessons in all subjects.
For more information about the curriculum at Dropmore Infant School, please contact the school office, who will forward your enquiry to the appropriate member of staff.
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