The Content and Organisation of the Curriculum
The curriculum to which each child is entitled has been laid down by the National Curriculum, ensuring the development of a child moving through the school from Reception to Year 2. Children in Reception follow the Early Year Foundation Stage Curriculum which is supported by Development Matters. For further information please follow the links:
The subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Art, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Computing and Design and Technology form the content of the curriculum.
In addition to the above, the School Curriculum also addresses cross-curricular issues such as Personal and Social Education, and Multi-cultural Education. The manner in which the curriculum as a whole is delivered will reflect the needs of each individual child, and so the organisation of teaching groups will, of necessity, be flexible.
Children will be taught at various times, as a whole class, as a matched or mixed ability group and individually.
At South Petherton Infants School we place the highest emphasis on teaching our children to read. To enable us to have a consistent approach to the learning of phonics and reading, we use a program called Read Write Inc. This is a proven phonics scheme and we are delighted with the results we are achieving. Three times weekly for Year 1 and Year 2 children and each day for Reception children, they are grouped according to their ability in reading and are taught phonics, reading and spelling for one hour. We regularly hold parent information meetings to explain how you can support your child at home. If you have missed this please contact the school office who will be happy to make an appointment for you to find out more about the scheme and how we can provide support or visit: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents.
Once children have progressed through the Read, Write, Inc. they are ready to read independently and develop higher order reading skills. Teacher led guided reading sessions take place every day with children who are ready and we use a mixture of home readers plus our library to support independent reading.
We have a clear Maths Calculation Policy which enables the same strategies and methods to be taught across the school. This encompasses the latest methodology for Maths teaching and learning, supporting our children to learn using the concrete, pictorial and abstract methods as appropriate. The Maths Calculation Policy is available to parents through the school office or on the Website. In addition to this, children in Year 1 and 2 are encouraged to use Mathletics at home. This is a motivational on-line resource with a number of visual quizzes for the children to access, certificates are awarded to the children in our Celebration Assembly.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Religious Education in our school is in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus and reflects the teaching of the Church of England. In addition, we have interwoven ‘Understanding Christianity’ in to our curriculum, an exciting new resource from the Church of England which gives all our pupils the chance to engage more deeply, thoughtfully and creatively with RE. It gives opportunity to explore life’s big questions and to think imaginatively about this major world faith community.
Through the teaching of Religious Education we aim to promote the spiritual and moral development of the children, at the same time seeking to ensure that it promotes respect, understanding and tolerance for those who adhere to different faiths. A parent does have the right to withdraw their child from religious education if so wished.
In order to comply with the 1988 Education Reform Act each school is required to ensure that all pupils take part in daily collective worship. Nothing in the Education Reform Act affects parents’ rights, as established in the 1944 Act. Any parent does have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship if they wish.
If you want to look in more detail of the planning and learning which is happening in your child's class then please go to their class page, which you will find in the children's section of the website.