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Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.

Mount Stewart Infant School Curriculum

 

Mount Stewart Infant School Curriculum

Our curriculum is broad, balanced, exciting and creative.   Our curriculum

  • Promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society.
  • Prepares pupils for responsibilities in life
  • Inspires children to keep on learning and improving.
  • Develops enquiring minds through activities designed to encourage thinking, problem solving and creativity
  • Develops respect for the views of others
  • Appreciates human achievements and aspirations

 

Curriculum overview

We teach the curriculum through a range of topics. Our teaching is child-centred, we aim to meet the need of all our pupils.  We have high expectation for our children and our focus is to make them interested in learning and to recognise that learning is fun.   We show our appreciation of pupils’ achievement and success, through different initiatives.

 

Each year group has a topic overview of the year which is matched to the Programme of Study for the National Curriculum or EYFS curriculum.   The topics are reviewed at the end of the school year and any changes will be incorporated in the new school year.   The yearly overview is broken down into medium term plans or termly units of work to show progression, continuity and development of basic skills.  Each year group plans weekly activities from the medium term plans.  Class teachers adapt these plans to meet the needs of their class.  The curriculum focuses on developing skills attitudes knowledge and social skills to foster collaboration of ideas and working together towards a common goal.  Our curriculum also includes extra-curricular activities, and promotes equality of opportunity.

 

We link together as many National Curriculum subjects as is possible to develop cross curricular teaching and learning and  to bring concepts and content together from different disciplines.  Special days/weeks  e.g ., Art week, Science Week, Maths focus days, Health and Fitness Week, Celebration of Festivals and Culture Week and celebrations are some of the way in which we celebrate the breadth and balance of our curriculum.  Fortnightly parent support workshops, Curriculum Evenings and information on our website are ways in which we share our curriculum content with parents.   

Pupils’ engagement is a top priority for our school.  We want our pupils to understand what they are learning and to engage in robust practical activities.  Pupils are given the opportunity to say what they would like to learn about a topic and this information is incorporated into the teacher’s plan.

Our curriculum is needs based, we look  at the specific needs of our school community to make sure the curriculum is relevant to our pupils’ needs as well as extending their understanding of the wider world.  Senior leaders keep a close check on the coverage of the curriculum ensuring that pupils are challenged and progression is evident.  The curriculum is  monitored regularly to make sure that the all pupils are challenged and extended.

 

 

Extra Curricula Activities

We provide a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance pupils’ learning.  These activities include trips linked to topics, after school clubs – chess, art, music, ICT, football, Gymnastics, Taekwondo, drama and ballet; visiting theatre groups and other companies  and presenters.  Clubs help pupils to collaborate with pupils of different ages and abilities and to use some of the skills they have been learning at school.

 

We make the curriculum work for our children, we want every child in our school to experience success and the curriculum is the vehicle that makes this happen.

 

Topics

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Nursery

This is me

(PSHE)    

Nursery Rhymes (Literacy)

High in the sky

(UW)

A world of animals

(UW)

Green fingers

(UW)

Bugs and Beasties

(UW)

Reception

Ourselves

(PSHE)

Colour my world

(ART)

Bears

 

(English/

UW/PSHE)

Traditional tales

(English)

Down at the farm

(Science)

Water, water everywhere

(Science/RE)

 

Year 1

Me and my world (Geography/History)

Celebrations

 

RE/PSHE

From A to B

Travel & Transport

(Geography, History)

Materials (Science)

Plants

How does your garden grow?

(Science)

 Fun in the sun (Great Fire of London)

(History/

English)

Year 2

London

(History

Geography)

Stories from around the world (English/

PSHE/RE)

Explorers

 (Science)

 (History and Geography)

Healthy world (Science)

(Geography

Healthy Me (Science)

(PSHE)

 

Phase/Class Organisation

The school is divided into two phases, EYFS (EFS Curriculum) and Key Stage 1 (National Curriculum).  Each phase has a phase leader.  EYFS phase consists of 1 nursery class and 3 reception classes.  Key Stage 1 phase has three Year 1 classes and four Year 2 classes.   Teachers and support staff in the phase meets with the phase leader to identify teaching focus before planning as a year group, adapting plans to the needs of their class and evaluate progress within the phase.

English

Pupils have regular experience of speaking and listening, reading, writing, phonics, grammar, handwriting and spelling.   English is taught across the curriculum using topics and themes and the programmes of study in the National Curriculum and EYFS curriculum.   Pupils are learning to use language effectively for different purposes and different audiences.  They are supported in developing and extending their English through visits, projects, competitions celebration of national events e.g., National Story Telling Week, book Week and National Poetry Day.  The school has a lending library that pupils borrow books from each week.   Pupils also take home banded reading books from their class.  For more information on reading, see the English Policy and Reading at Mount Stewart Infant School

Mathematics

We follow the EYFS and National Curriculum for teaching mathematics.  We use a range of resources including Abacus teaching Programme and Education City for homework.  We teach mathematics using practical, investigative and written methods.   Each day pupils have mental maths and in every maths lesson there are mini plenaries to moderate children’s learning to clarify any misconceptions, to review and extend the lesson.  The school encourages exploration and investigation of mathematical concepts.  There are maths focus days in the spring term in which pupils are involved in whole school maths projects and investigation with the Happy Puzzle Company.  We support parents in their children’s mathematical learning through workshops, curriculum evening, hand-outs e.g., Calculation Policy and strategies for teaching maths in each year group.

Science

Science is taught using practical activities and written accounts of why things happen.  We encourage pupils to predict outcomes and form simple hypotheses.  Science topics taught are based on the National Curriculum.    There is a nature area in the school ground that is developed as a resource for teaching science.  Pupils are able to learn about mini-beasts, plants and animals in the local area in the school science resource area.

ICT/Computing

The school has a range of ICT resources including ICT room, iPads, notebooks, Interactive white boards, cameras and laptops.  Each class has a weekly teaching session in the ICT room and access to laptops, iPads , CD player, cameras and note books on a regular basis.

Sex and relationship Education

The school has a Sex and Relationship Education Policy, a copy of this policy is on the school website.  Parents can request a copy from the school office.  The policy outlines how the subject is taught at school.

Religious Education

Our RE syllabus is in accordance with Brent SACRE.  Pupils are provided with the opportunity to discuss topics and gain a better understanding of religious beliefs.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of religious education and collective worship provided.  This should be discussed with the headteacher.

Design and Technology

We teach pupils to design and make products using a variety of materials, techniques and finishes.  We encourage evaluation and reflection on what has been done and how it can be improved.  Designing and making products is cross curricular and reflects learning in other subjects.

Physical Education

Our PE curriculum includes dance, gymnastics, athletics and games.  PE is taught by trained PE coaches.  During lunch time pupils enjoy games and sports led by a teaching assistant, sports coach and junior play leaders from Mount Stewart Junior School.  Pupils also participate in interschool sports competition and special day with celebrity/professional sports men or women.

History

We teach our pupils about the past through stories, visits to places of historical interest, artefacts and ICT.   Pupils visited a variety of places.  Places visited in the past include: Hampton Court, Royal Maritime Museum, Kew Gardens, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood and Science Museum.  We celebrate black history month in October.  Each year we focus on a different aspect of black history

Geography

In geography we study the local area, a place in England and a place abroad.   The study of geography looks at use of land, buildings, weather, people and products.   Pupils visit the local area and Harrow Town Centre to look at features of the area, how people travel and how buildings are used.

Music

The school employs a music teacher from Brent Music Service who teaches music on Monday and Tuesday from nursery to Year 2.  All class teachers attend music sessions with their class and follow up pupils’ learning during the week.  Pupils learn to play the violin in Year 1 and the recorder in Year 2.  Pupils who have an aptitude for singing are auditioned for a place in the school choir.  There is a weekly key stage one singing assembly in the autumn term. In the Spring term, reception join the rest of the school for singing assembly.  The school also puts on a variety of productions during the school year, including Christmas celebrations, Summer concerts and class assemblies.

Art

The school follows the National Curriculum for art.  In Key Stage 1 Pupils are taught by an art specialist who also conducts two after school art clubs.   Pupils participate in art competition and recently won an award at the Fourth Plinth Art Competition hosted by the Mayor of London.

PSHE

In PSHE pupils are taught how to develop positive attitudes, appreciate each other and learn how to deal with emotional issues, bullying and other negative behaviours.   The school has adopted Brent PSHE curriculum which is linked to the SEAL curriculum.   Each class has weekly circle time to explore a range of issues.  Pupils have class rules and a poster outlining the school strategies for dealing with behaviour is in every classroom

Special Needs

From time to time children will need special help either to overcome a learning difficulty or to ensure that the curriculum fully extends their abilities.  Specialist help is available within the school.  Our Special needs co-ordinator oversees the work of teaching assistants and advises and support the class teachers.   SEN pupils work in small groups, pairs or one to one support.   Additional help is available from Speech and Language Therapists, Brent Autism outreach Team, Educational Psychologists, Occupational therapists and the school nurse.

The more able child

The school policy is to identify through clear curriculum guidance these children who have outstanding abilities.  Opportunities are given for children to develop their specific skills or talents right across the curriculum.   The school has made special provision for able pupils in mathematics and writing.   Opportunities are provided for pupils to develop talent in art, music and sport.

Our Topics, Subjects and Pupil Support

Nursery Curriculum Overview Autumn 2- 2016

Nursery Curriculum Overview Spring 1- 2017

Nursery Curriculum Overview Spring 2- 2017

Nursery Curriculum Overview Summer 1-2017

Reception Curriculum Overview Autumn - 2016

Reception Curriculum Overview Spring - 2017

Reception Curriculum Overview Summer - 2017

Year 1 Curriculum Overview Autumn 2- 2016

Year 1 Curriculum Overview Spring 1- 2017

Year 1 Curriculum Overview Spring 2- 2017

Year 1 Curriculum Overview Summer 1- 2017

Year 2 Curriculum Overview Autumn 1,2- 2016

Year 2 Curriculum Overview Spring 1,2- 2017

Year 2 Curriculum Overview Summer 1,2- 2017

MSI End of the Year Expectations- EYFS

MSI End of the Year Expectations- Year 1

MSI End of the Year Expectations- Year 2

 

For more information about New National Curiculum please visit;

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

http://www.risingstars-uk.com/curriculumparentguide/