The Curriculum

At Westfields Infant School we value the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum.  We follow the statutory National Curriculum in Year 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Year R.

At Westfields we aim to provide a stimulating environment which will encourage children to ask questions, and whenever possible, to find the answer for themselves.  Youngl children learn most effectively through exploration, investigation, experimentation and discovery.  Underlying all learning is the development of creativity, ensuring that all our children are stimulated and appropriately challenged.  Above all, we aim to make learning fun!

Planning is done both on a topic and subject specific basis.  A cross-curricular topic themed approach across subjects motivates children’s learning in a meaningful way. However to enable new concepts and skills to be learned, sometimes specific subjects may be taught. 

Curriculum maps detail the areas to be covered in each topic and termly or half termly topic leaflets are available to view on our school website so that parents can support the teaching.

Curriculum Links
Phonics Reading

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Year R

The EYFS is arranged in seven areas of learning;

Prime areas, which are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal and social and emotional development

Specific areas, which are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

A key feature of the EYFS is that children learn through purposeful play. This is carefully planned by our Year R team and takes account of the children’s ongoing development as well as their interests. We have a large, secure outside learning area which is a dedicated space for our Year R children. Children ‘free flow’ between inside and outside, as relevant learning opportunities are available in both spaces

Key Stage One (KS1) – Years 1 and 2

The National Curriculum for KS1 covers the subjects of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and communication Technology (ICT)
  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Art
  • Design Technology (DT)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)

English

We aim for children to be able to communicate clearly and effectively in the spoken word and writing.  We foster a love of books and encourage children to read confidently and fluently.  We teach phonics through a structured programme on a daily basis. In addition we teach handwriting skills.  These skills are used and taught throughout all aspects of the curriculum.

Mathematics

Children are taught to use mathematics in all areas of life.  Maths is taught to be purposeful and meaningful through the building of mathematical knowledge and skills.   We aim to develop accuracy in computation, logical thinking and the ability to apply mathematical knowledge to everyday problems.

Science

We provide relevant opportunities and first hand experiences to encourage children to acquire and use knowledge and skills in science.  Children are taught to observe carefully, question, measure, hypothesise, investigate and draw conclusions in a scientific way. We make much use of the outdoor environment to teach children about nature and the seasons from first hand experiences.

Computing

The school is well equipped with an interactive whiteboard in each classroom. We also have ipads and laptops which are used in class to support children’s learning in the classroom. Our ICT suite is well resourced with desk top PCs and all classes in Year 1 and 2 have timetabled slots to use this area. Children are taught to explore and develop their knowledge and understanding through use of ICT in all aspects of the curriculum.  We teach children about the importance of online safety.

Religious Knowledge (RE) and Collective Worship

RE is mainly taught as a separate subject in accordance with the agreed Hampshire Syllabus.  The main focus is Christianity with Judaism taught as the non-Christian religion chosen by school to fulfil the requirements of the Agreed Syllabus. The RE teaching aims to build on the children’s own experiences and progressively develop an understanding of the key symbols, beliefs, celebrations and values of the two religions.

At Westfields Infant School collective worship takes place during assemblies.  Assemblies are non-denominational and broadly Christian.  They provide opportunities for celebration, supporting school Golden Rules or challenges and where spiritual, moral, social and cultural development can be shared by the whole school community.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the teaching of RE and collective worship.  Any parent wishing to exercise this right should discuss this with the headteacher.

Art and Music

Creativity is valued at Westfields.  Every opportunity is given to develop children’s learning across the curriculum through the creative arts.  Practical and imaginative work is encouraged using a range of materials and techniques.  Children are taught to appreciate the work of different artists.  Aesthetic awareness and an understanding of culture and artistic traditions are developed. We teach singing and percussion as well as an appreciation of musical styles.  Year 1 and 2 children have opportunities to sing in the school choir and play the recorder as an extra-curricular activity.

Design Technology (DT)

At Westfields children will work with numerous materials including plastic, card, wood, metal, fabric and food.  They are taught the skills required to handle tools correctly and safely.  Through ‘design and make’ projects they learn which materials to use for a purpose.

Physical Education (PE)

At Westfields we recognise the importance of physical activity for our children.  We teach a programme that includes gymnastics, dance and games using indoors and outdoors as appropriate. We have a specialist sports coach who teaches a range of games during the school day as well as football and multisports clubs after school. 

History and Geography

Other countries’ lifestyles and traditions are taught through topic work using teaching methods that allow the children to make connections and see relevance in their learning.  Visits are made within the local area and further afield to provide first hand experiences.

Sex Education

Our intention is to give the children an understanding of the importance of relationships, caring and nurture with reference to both human and animal families.  The family unit is discussed sensitively bearing in mind there are many variations.

Sex Education in the infant school is taught through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).  Visits from people in the community including the school nurse, doctors, police officers and the dental service support our teaching.  Staff are encouraged to deal with specific questions which arise in a manner, and in such detail, as is compatible with their professional judgement and the governors’ school policy.

Topic Map for KS1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2
Year 1

Gruffalo and Friends

 

Local Heroes

 Hooves, Paws and Trotters

 Out of this World

 Fire, FIre Fire!

 Digging Around

Year 2

A World of Imagination

History Detectives  Once Upon A Time Food Glorious Food   Wonderful World  Wonderful World