For children in Year 1 and Year 2 the school provides a curriculum that consists of religious education and the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum consists of:-
CORE SUBJECTS – English, Mathematics and Science
FOUNDATION SUBJECTS – Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art and PE.
Other elements of the curriculum include Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).
The children in nursery and reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is grouped into 7 areas; There are 3 prime areas and four specific areas. The prime areas include Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development. The four specific areas are Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
At Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School most of the learning takes place through cross curricular themes or topics often supported by high quality children’s books. This means that many of the above subjects may not appear by name when you discuss with your child what they have been learning at school. Nevertheless all the subject areas are taught through these themes and topics. Both National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum coverage is ensured by regular monitoring. The staff work hard to ensure that lessons are exciting and stimulating, are appropriate to the needs of your child and are supported by regular visits and workshops. They regularly inform parents what topics are being studied in school so that parents/carers can support their child’s learning at home. Our approach of using high quality children’s text as the stimulus for learning alongside giving children the continued opportunity to learn through play has the impact of ensuring our children make considerable progress with the vast majority leaving Trent Vale at or above age related expectations.
Our main curriculum aims are as follows and reflect the broad aims of the National Curriculum. We plan thoroughly to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:-
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of pupils at the school and in the wider community.
- Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.
- Is enjoyable, enriching and accessible to all.
- Challenges learners of all abilities to achieve high standards
Reading and Phonics
Throughout school both reading and phonics are taught systematically. A range of reading schemes are used and these are grouped into different coloured bands according to their level of difficulty. The children move through the reading bands and their progress is regularly tracked. Each reading band has a target sheet to go alongside it so the children know what they need to do next to improve their reading. Parents are given weekly advice on how to support their child with their reading at home. Phonics is taught by all teachers and teaching assistants so that the children receive the phonic instruction that is most suited to their needs. The whole school has phonic teaching for 20 minutes per day using ‘Bear Words in context; working with Pip’. This was developed alongside the National Early Reading Development Pilot. This scheme allows for the teaching of discreet, daily phonic sessions progressing from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills. Children use blending and segmenting skills from the onset through simple word building and reading activities. The whole school phonics planning incorporates both the EYFS curriculum and the 2014 national curriculum to ensure appropriate coverage. In addition to phonics children are also give ‘Bear Words’ to learn. These are the 50 most common words in children’s reading books. Learning to recognise these words quickly helps to support the children with their reading particularly if a word cannot be easily blended from its sounds.