North Baddesley Infant School

Happy, valued and growing together

Our Curriculum Statement

Our approach to learning

As a school we are focused on developing a growth mindset in all our children to enable them to become effective learners. But what does this mean? Essentially, a growth mindset allows a person to be resilient, to keep on trying and to learn from their mistakes because our abilities are not fixed or dependent on talent; without exception they can be developed through dedication, practice and hard work.

A learner’s approach to learning:

Growth mindset (learning orientation)Fixed mindset (performance orientation)
Wanting to improve their competenceWanting to prove their competence
Belief that effort leads to successBelief that ability leads to success
Belief in your own ability to improve and learnWanting to be judged as able and a good performer
Preferences for challenging tasksSatisfaction from doing better than others
Personal satisfaction from success at difficult tasksEmphasis on competition and public evaluation
Problem solving when engaged in tasksHelplessness and negative self-evaluation when a task is difficult

At North Baddesley we will value effort over success and teach children that struggle and mistakes are a vital and positive part of learning.

How our curriculum is organised

The curriculum is a framework within which learning and teaching takes place. All children at North Baddesley have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, regardless of gender, race, religion, age or ability. We believe learning should be fun, relevant and motivating. We firmly believe in the importance of providing meaningful learning experiences. Our curriculum is effectively delivered through stimulating cross curricular topics that combine a range of subjects to make learning meaningful and enable children to make links between subjects. See our topic newsletters for more information.

We check the coverage of the National Curriculum against our topics to ensure children are taught the appropriateknowledge and skills for their year group.

Our projects aim to bring the curriculum to life through hooks to engage the children and capture their attention as well as a meaningful purpose and context for learning.

Our intention is to offer a curriculum that:

  • Is creative, exciting and engaging.
  • Enables pupils and teachers to make the most out of every learning opportunity and create lifelong learners.
  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • Is valued because it is fun to teach and inspires independence, resilience, originality and confidence.
  • Develops enquiring minds.

What will children experience?

We believe that children learn most effectively when they:

  • Can take part in memorable first-hand experiences and have the opportunity to investigate and explore new things and possibilities.
  • Are introduced to the new topic or theme in exciting ways.
  • Are appropriately challenged.
  • Have fun!
  • Are engaged and can make links in their learning.
  • Work in a range of ways.
  • Have opportunities to build their self-esteem and confidence and develop resilience, independence and respect.
  • Pose their own enquiry questions and have multiple opportunities to solve problems, answer questions and follow pathways of enquiry.
  • Apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life and imaginary contexts.
  • Develop the language to make observations and explain and describe their learning and understanding.

The Early Years Curriculum

Children in Foundation Stage experience the EYFS statutory framework. This comprises of seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

• Communication and language

Opportunities are provided for pupils to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

• Physical development

Opportunities are provided for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

• Personal, social and emotional development

Children are helped to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

The school also supports children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:

• Literacy

This involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials such as books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.

• Mathematics

Children are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

• Understanding the world

Children are guided to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

• Expressive arts and design

Children are enabled to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as being given opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

The National Curriculum

Children in Year 1 and 2 will experience the National Curriculum, comprising of English, maths, science, art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, music and physical education. In addition to this, we are required to teach RE, and we also teach Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE), all of which supports our duty to promote the fundamental British Values.

Computing, Maths and Science are protected and taught discretely where necessary although we always aim to integrate them into topics where possible.

English leads all our topics and there will be at least one fiction and one non-fiction focus each half term.

RE, PE, PSHCE, Philosophy for Children and Music are also all taught on a regular basis and again, we link them to topics where appropriate.

The content of our curriculum covers knowledge and understanding as well as enabling the children to acquire a range of skills.

PSHE and Citizenship

We believe that PSHE and Citizenship promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares all pupils for opportunities, responsibility and experiences of life. PSHE is a fundamental part of the school life that is not only taught in its own right, but also runs through every part of the curriculum.

English (Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing)

English is core to all aspects of the curriculum and we provide continual opportunities for the children to apply and develop their language skills.

Speaking and Listening is an essential part of life in an infant classroom and we provide a range of opportunities to develop skills such as explaining, describing, narrating and asking questions in response to a range of stimuli. We always encourage children to develop and use an increasing range of vocabulary. Role play and drama are important aspects of speaking and listening.

Reading is a skill we aim to develop for life. We promote a love of reading, encouraging children to read for enjoyment and information every day. We have a wide range of books that children can take home and share and they are also given the opportunity to listen and respond to a range of texts.

Writing opportunities are varied and stimulating as we encourage children to write for a range of audiences and purposes. Spellings, phonics, sentence structure and grammar are taught in a variety of ways. Handwriting is taught in each class and begins with children being taught how to hold their pencil correctly and how to form and subsequently join each letter in our school script.

Mathematics

We use a broad range of activities in real life contexts wherever possible and teach the importance of selecting from a range of mental strategies to solve mathematical problems in order to develop mathematical fluency.

We emphasise the importance of practical and oral work to engage children and make maths meaningful and fun.

Science

Our children are encouraged to work scientifically and ask questions about the world around them. Children experience different types of scientific enquiries and participate in practical hands-on activities so that they learn by exploring and "doing" as well as using simple secondary sources to find answers.

Computing

Computing is both explicitly taught and embedded within other subjects. We benefit from interactive whiteboards in each classroom, a bespoke computer suite, classroom laptops and desktops as well as other resources that support the children's learning such as digital cameras, the internet and our NBBrightSparks learning platform. Children have the opportunity to learn how technology is used in their daily lives and to develop skills in debugging simple programs, using logic and understanding what algorithms area and using these to program and control devices. Children will also be taught how to store, organise and retrieve digital content and how to use technology safely.

History and Geography

These subjects are used to help pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, both past and present. As part of History, children develop curiosity about the past and key events, whilst in Geography they study the local area, UK and wider world whilst developing an understanding of physical and human geography.

Art and Design Technology

Children are given the opportunity to work imaginatively with a range of media and techniques, solve problems and plan and evaluate their own work. They also study the work of famous artists, designers and craftspeople.

Music

At North Baddesley, children are given the opportunity to enjoy music through listening, participating and responding. Children have many varied opportunities to compose and make music using both their voice and instruments expressively. At times during the year children will be able to perform in front of audiences and respond to music from a variety of cultures.

Physical Education (PE)

PE can help children’s academic achievement as well as contributing positively to their health and physical development. Children have the opportunity to engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education at North Baddesley aims to develop children’s understanding and provide opportunities to reflect on beliefs and moral issues. They investigate traditions and some principal religious faiths represented in Britain. We deliver the content of the curriculum positively, but without imparting religious beliefs on children or compromising the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another.

We provide daily collective worship for pupils, either in class, year group or as a whole school. This time enables pupils to reflect on and explore religious, moral and spiritual ideas.

Parents who wish to withdraw their child from collective worship should see the Headteacher.

Intercultural Education

Children are provided with many rich and varied experiences to find out about their own and other cultures within a range of topics and curriculum areas. Our aim is to help children understand and celebrate differences as part of our inclusive ethos and our duty to promote British Values.

Environmental Education

Through our geography topics, children are encouraged to learn about, care for and use the school grounds and local environment.

Children will also explore global environmental issues and how they can help to make our world a better place for everyone.

Our spacious and well resourced grounds provide opportunities for quiet reflection, as well as learning through play and sport activities.

Sex Education

The school has clear guidelines for sex education that have been agreed by the Governors. Pupils study human and animal life cycles. If children ask specific questions, teachers will answer as truthfully and appropriately as possible. A full copy of our policy is available from the school office or from our website.