At Lons Infant School we believe that children’s learning and development should be at the very heart of our school’s curriculum. It should be broad and balanced and equip our children with the skills necessary to succeed in the next phase of education and in life beyond education.
Our curriculum has been carefully designed for our children and the benefits it will bring to them which will be wonderful learning, self-improvement academically, socially and emotionally.
Alongside this document, there will be long term overviews for each year group which outlines the teaching of particular skills, opportunities for wow moments and engaging children in their learning as well as additional trips and visits.
What is the curriculum designed to achieve?
At Lons Infant School we have designed our curriculum with children learning and enjoyment at the centre. We recognise that a curriculum should be broad and balanced and offer opportunities to grow as individuals which enables them to become lifelong learners.
Our curriculum starts with development of skills in core areas and builds upon this each year. Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on English and maths.
Through a combination of quality first teaching and learning techniques, we aim to ensure children enjoy learning and feel prepared for the next stage of their learning. We are committed to offering our children new and exciting experiences through engaging curricular activities and extracurricular activities that build resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem. These experiences will take place in the classroom, outdoor learning, in the community and beyond. Children will learn about other cultures whilst celebrating our locality.
We recognise that children should be challenged in their learning, this is how we learn and celebrate our successes. We are ambitious for our children through setting high expectations and are determined that all children will achieve to the best of their ability.
How will we deliver our curriculum?
We intend to deliver our curriculum through a variety of methods that are classroom based and extra-curricular. We promote equal opportunities to all our pupils in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Classroom based learning – we value the different ways in which pupils learn and plan lessons to account for these differences. We encourage teachers to make cross curricular links where possible within their lesson plans.
Teachers use different learning resources to teach core content e.g. concrete equipment, multimedia, guest speakers to name a few. By using different techniques, we intend to keep children engaged with and independent in their learning and accommodate pupils who learn differently to their peers.
Lons carries out one to one intervention sessions for children who require additional support. Parents can request support but we also identify children who we know would most benefit from this support. We also carry out interventions for small groups of children with both teachers and TAs. Within these interventions, staff breakdown the content of concepts in a more digestible way for that group of children, or they may concentrate on an area of learning that needs further development. This allows children to access dedicated one-to-one or small group support, ensuring any questions that pupils may have get answered in a way they understand.
We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities for children to enhance their learning experience. The activities range from after-school clubs, to educational trips and visits. Extra-curricular activities are designed to enhance children’s learning experience, form social connections, create opportunities to try new experiences and teach skills essential for life.
How the school involves parents, children and the local community in curriculum planning and delivery
Lons values the input of its children, parents and the local community. We believe children get a well-rounded education if everyone is involved. We have a school council so children can express their opinions. We also send parents questionnaires on an annual basis.
We engage with the wider community by ensuring there are opportunities for children to participate in community projects e.g. crocus planting with our local Rotary Club to raise awareness and funds for their vaccination programs overseas and creating a memorial of art work with the British Legion in the local park. We embed projects within the curriculum into relevant subjects and within relevant clubs.
How the curriculum benefits pupils learning and personal development?
Our curriculum has been designed for a range of learners who have a range of experiences and starting points, providing equal opportunities for all and by doing this, pupils will benefit in the following ways: