Curriculum Statement

At Drayton Community Infant School we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which encourages the children to have enquiring minds and become independent learners. We believe that our curriculum:

  • Develops inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning
  • Equip the children with the skills to fully participate in an ever changing world
  • Teach children to be respectful and productive members of the community
  • Have high expectations and self- belief to enable them to fulfil their potential
  • Encourage children to reflect on their learning and seek to extend themselves mentally, physically and spiritually
  • Teach children to persevere and learn from their mistakes
  • Encourage an understanding and respect for the environment
  • Empower children to have courage and confidence to take calculated risks

We achieve this by providing a highly inclusive creative curriculum which enables the children to succeed in a happy and safe environment. All staff work together effectively to plan and deliver a curriculum that meets the needs of all children and follows the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is rich, purposeful and challenging for all children. Our learning environments develop creative and independent learners who are motivated, resilient and focused.

The curriculum itself covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, technical, creative and sporting excellence. We plan topics using the texts from Power of Reading which are chosen to capture the interests and imaginations of our children. We make sure we know children’s abilities and interests well so that we can help them make as much progress as possible in all areas. Long term plans are made at the start of each year to ensure the requirements of the National Curriculum will be met, but the detail may change or develop as topics grow from children’s interests and enthusiasms.

We enable Skills-based learning to be developed by linking subjects such as history, geography, art, design technology and music to the topic being studied which allows the children to make purposeful connections in their learning. We use every opportunity to involve reading, writing, maths, science and computing.

Themed Weeks / Days

Throughout the year, we plan fun, creative and exciting themed days/weeks which are woven into the curriculum to extend the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer our children. These include weeks such as; Multicultural week and Science week.

Visits and visitors

Educational visits and visitors to the School are essential elements of the wider curriculum. They provide memorable experiences and rich opportunities for learning, for wider personal development and well-being. Our recent destinations include Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Theatre Royal, Gressenhall, Norwich Castle and Easton College Farm. We have had visitors from the Vets, Lifeguards, a Road Safety Magician, Police Officers and many more.

Clubs/Extra Curricula Activities

Clubs can extend and enrich children’s learning, but can also engage more reluctant learners. Staff help to run clubs and activities at some point during the year and outside providers are also used to extend opportunities as much as possible. The clubs that we currently run are: RugbyTots, a Choir, Tennis, Running Club, KiddyCook, Karate, Football, Reading Club and a Gardening Club. Throughout the year these clubs change to broaden the opportunity to learn different skills.

Homework

Our main focus is reading and parents are expected to help and support us by giving their children the chance to practice or share reading with them, at home, at least three times a week. Reading records and books will be checked carefully by teachers once a week. In Key Stage One spellings are also sent home weekly for the children to learn and revise ready to be tested the following week. Other homework, such as maths games, maths challenges, and research may be sent home when the teacher chooses.

If you would like any further information relating to our curriculum, please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Edwards or Miss Jackson our Curriculum Leads.  We also hold class meetings at the beginning of each academic year which is an excellent opportunity to find out what exciting events and activities will be taking place during the year.

 

Further Links

The National Curriculum for England
www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Useful Information for Primary School Parents
www.theschoolrun.com/primary-national-curriculum-2014