Whole School Curriculum
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Children are introduced to a wide range of skills through teaching, structured play and exploration of their environment.
In Key Stage One the National Curriculum core subjects and foundation subjects are taught either individually or through a topic based approach.
The EYFS framework and programmes of study for the new National Curriculum can be found in the documents below.
We follow Letters and Sounds from Reception through to the end of KS1. Phonics may be taught as a whole class lesson or in smaller groups, depending upon which 'phase' the children are currently working.
In school we use traditional reading books and e-books - Bug Club. This means that lots of children can read the same books at the same time.
If you have any questions regarding our curriculum, please ask your child's class teacher or year group leader.
TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Signhills Infant Academy.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. In our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We listen to child and parent voice. Children and parents are also consulted regarding aspects of our school (for example: transition to the Junior school, school lunches, design of the new toilets, breakfast club provision). Our School Council is appointed by the pupil body, and they make suggestions and share ideas on behalf of all children. They regularly lead assemblies. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
The Rule of Law:
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children have written our whole school ‘Golden Rules’ and set their class rules. They are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations, that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy stems from Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and children are encouraged in this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Adults help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress up in clothes and try foods from different cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.