At Rise Park Infant School we aim to provide meaningful and memorable learning experiences through an exciting, stimulating and balanced curriculum. We ensure that all children are able to work in a safe environment and are encouraged to try new things and challenge themselves. We believe that engagement is the key to success alongside a strong home school partnership. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible and we try to make the children’s learning as interactive as it can be.
We aim to deliver an inclusive curriculum where differences are celebrated and all children enjoy equal opportunities.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that all children lean and develop well. In our school this refers to our Reception year. The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for Key Stage 1 (KS1).
There are four guiding principles which shape practice in Reception. These are:
- A Unique Child – Every child is a unique child who is consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years’ provision, including children with special educational needs. Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development in Reception. The three prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Teaching and Learning takes place through topics and themes such as:
- Traditional Tales and Stories
- Growth- New Life
- Up, Up and Away
Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The children in Years 1 and 2 have been following a new curriculum which was introduced in September 2014. The national curriculum sets out the most important knowledge, skills and understanding that every child has a right to learn. It is a framework given to teachers by the government so that all children are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable but with an element of challenge. In addition to the National curriculum the school provides a wide range of visits and extra-curricular opportunities which include drama and sport.
In Key Stage 1 each year group has curriculum guidelines which set out in detail the content for each subject area based on the National Curriculum subjects. A year group curriculum sheet is sent home at the start of each term informing parents about the topic and what staff will be working on that term.
Topics include themes such as:
- Year 1 - I’m alive, Celebrations, Toys, Transport, Light and Dark, Dressing Up
- Year 2 - Places people go, Buildings, We are what we eat, Night time, Time Detectives, My World
Reading at Rise Park Infant School
At Rise Park we believe that a love of reading is central to learning and we promote this throughout the school. All classrooms have an engaging reading area which consists of a variety of texts including fiction, non- fiction, poetry and magazines. Children need to be able to choose the kind of reading materials they enjoy; they may already be hooked on a particular author or type of book. Story time is an essential part of the daily timetable and all teachers ensure they make time to share a story and discuss it with the class.
Every day each class in KS1 has guided reading and during this time the teacher and other adults will spend time with a group of children, exploring texts and listening to children read. Children are also heard read individually every couple of weeks in KS1. If we feel a child needs further support with their reading they may be a focus daily reader which means they will read with an adult daily. Reception children participate in guided reading after the Autumn Term.
We use books which are colour banded to National Curriculum levels and children are able to change these 3 times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is a range of fiction and non-fiction books within the book bands as we feel it is important for children to read a variety of texts in order to broaden their understanding. We keep a record of how many times a week children are reading at home based on comments in the home / school reading records. Children who read at least 3 times a week are given a sticker and any child who has consistently read at home throughout the term will be given a certificate at the end of each half term.
In addition to their reading book, the children in Years 1 and 2 are encouraged to choose from our library, they may bring home books which they cannot read alone and favourite books which they have read repeatedly (you may well find that a very well loved story like this is the first one that your child learns to read independently). Library sessions are often run by parent helpers who keep a record of the books chosen. Reception children have their own library area within the early year’s unit.
We strongly believe that all parents should be fully involved in their children’s education. Homework is given to children throughout their time at this school. We try to differentiate work where possible so that all children can succeed and progress at an appropriate level.
Homework will be the same across the year group and children will be rewarded when work is completed at home.
Children will be given sounds to revise at home within a few weeks of starting school. As the year progresses they will be given additional words to revise. Reading books will be brought home 3 times a week.
Year 1 and Year 2
Children will be given a set of spellings to learn each week (they will be tested on these words in school).
Reading books will be brought home 3 times a week.
Maths / Literacy homework will be sent home on alternate weeks. Work related to the class topic may also be sent home.