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Lee-on-the-SolentInfant and Nursery School

LEAP to success at Lee!

Curriculum

At Lee-on-the-Solent Infant and Nursery School we believe that childhood is precious and should be protected. A child is ‘five for one year of their life’ and we share with the parents and carers the huge responsibility of ensuring that their early years are the very best they can be.

 

Developing the child holistically is of the utmost importance and with this in mind we offer a broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum. We endeavour to provide enrichment in every way possible for example, yoga, steel pans and Philosophy for Children (P4C).

 

At every point our desire is to open children’s eyes to every possibility.  For instance, we arranged for a helicopter to land on our school field; the intent was to provide science and design and technology opportunities, however the awe and wonder created certainly inspired future helicopter pilots.  Indeed, first-hand experiences like these enable children to believe they can be anything they want to be.

 

Every child is loved and nurtured so that they can take risks and make mistakes in a safe environment, we know that the greatest learning stems from making mistakes and solving problems.

Our Curriculum is based on our commitment to our values:

 

‘LEAP to success at Lee’

  • Enthusiastic Learner
  • Excellent Communicator
  • Active and Healthy
  • Part of the Community

 

Our learning behaviours drive our planning and assessment procedures:-

  • Independence and Resilience
  • Collaboration and Relationships
  • Self-Awareness
  • Thinking Skills

 

At Lee-on-the-Solent Infant and Nursery School reading is of upmost importance to us as we recognise that it opens the doors to all other areas of learning.

 

PHONICS

 

Early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. The school follows the government published programme “Letters and Sounds” which supports us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. Children are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend sounds for reading, and how to segment the sounds to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which are not phonically regular.

 

READING

 

We use a range of published schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club Phonics, Story Worlds, Rigby Star, Oxford Project X, Reading Champions, Usborne First Reading, Hopscotch, Fireflies, Tree Tops, Snap Dragons, Songbird Phonics, Collins Big Cat Phonics, Ginn Lighthouse, Floppy’s Phonics and Discovery World.  All of our early reading books are colour banded. Every colour band includes books from a range of reading schemes so children experience a range of genres.

 

Our weekly Star Reading Challenge encourages children to read at home daily, all children who achieve this are celebrated in our Friday Assembly and one child from each year group wins a star reader book as a prize for their commitment to reading.   

 

Our Librarian, Mrs Newell ensures our school library is well stocked with a lovely range of books, the children have a weekly library visit where they are taught library skills and choose a book to take home to share with their family.

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Nursery and Reception we follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Curriculum. This is organised into three Prime and four Specific Areas of Learning.

 

Prime Areas

 

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form authentic 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.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities 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

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Children receive PE, Yoga, Dance and a host of gross motor activities both in and outdoors.

 

Specific Areas

 

Mathematics

Mathematics involves providing children 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 measure.

 

Literacy

Literacy development 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 (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

 

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Understanding the world involves guiding children 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

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing 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.

 

Key Stage One

In KS1 we follow the National Curriculum to teach the following subjects:

Core Subjects

  • English (Speaking & Listening, Reading, Writing and Phonics)
  • Maths (Number, Measures and Geometry)
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education (Dance, Yoga, Gymnastics, Ball Games)
  • PSHE/SMSC/P4C
  • Religious Education (compulsory subject)

 

The Curriculum, in each year group, is planned through irresistible hooks which entices child initiated learning. Children are organised in mixed ability classes per year group and learning is personalised to meet individual and group needs.  Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) skills promote Fundamental British Values (FBV) as a part of the curriculum and everyday life in school.

For additional information on our curriculum, please follow the links below.

 

Follow the links below to find additional information about the curriculum for each year group and a timetable detailing all our extra curricular activities.

 

 

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