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Foundation Subjects

Art and Design

The children have many opportunities to develop artistic skills through the use of a variety of materials and in a range of settings. Children will develop their creativity and imagination by exploring visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They will use drawing, painting and sculpture and will develop different techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape. Activities will often be linked to class topics. They will look at the work of different artists and describe similarities and differences between them.

Computing

Our aim is to provide every child who passes through the school the opportunity to explore ICT and learn to use it confidently so that they achieve the appropriate levels of attainment in the National Curriculum. ICT is used across the curriculum linking into different subject areas.

Children are taught to use technology purposefully in different situations. They should recognise the common uses of technology at home, in school and in the environment.

They learn the importance of being safe on the internet. They learn about programming and that instructions (or algorithms) are used to create programs. They will create their own simple programs.

All classrooms now have interactive whiteboards to enhance teaching and support learning in the classroom. All the children have access to the use of computers in their classrooms from the nursery and throughout the infant school. We also have a trolley of netbooks which are timetabled for use around the school. A variety of hardware and software is used to develop ICT skills and also to support other areas of the curriculum.

Design and Technology

Within this area, we aim to provide children with opportunities to develop their design and making skills. We encourage children to plan and communicate their ideas, modify, construct and evaluate their work. They are involved in planning, decision making and problem solving.

The children have access to a variety of equipment, enabling them to acquire and refine the practical skills associated with making. They will develop their technical knowledge as they work with different materials and are taught different skills.

They will also learn about cooking and nutrition as an essential life skill and use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare food. They will find out where food comes from.

Geography

The teaching of geography is linked to the children’s own experiences and topics where possible. They learn about their immediate environment (home, school and the local area) and the wider world using basic geographical vocabulary to refer to physical and human features. They will consider how their local area compares to other localities and how our weather patterns in the UK compare to other places in the world.

They will be taught to use world maps, atlases and globes; simple compass directions. They will use aerial photographs to identify landmarks and relate this to maps and plans.

They will use their first hand experiences, but will also use secondary sources of information such as videos and CD Roms, stories and information books, post cards and pictures, artefacts and other sources.

History

The teaching of history is linked to the children’s own experiences and is topic based where possible. Children develop an awareness of the past and time passing and begin to understand chronology. They learn how the past is different to the present using their own first hand experiences and by looking at artefacts or photographs, videos or computer software, stories and books, talking to older people or visiting historical sites or museums.

They will begin to learn about significant events in history and to place events or objects in chronological order. They will also find out about the lives of significant people in the past who have contributed to national or international achievements.

The children are also encouraged to ask and answer questions to develop historical enquiry and an awareness of change.

Music

The teaching of music develops the children’s creativity and their ability to listen. Children listen to a wide variety of music during music sessions and also in assembly. They learn a variety of songs and these along with other aspects of the curriculum may be used in school performances.

We encourage active music making and all the children have access to musical instruments and activities. Children will be taught to experiment with sounds, using the dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.

Physical Education (PE)

The ultimate aim for physical education is a healthy and active lifestyle. In the infant school we begin this through planned activities that are essential for the growth and development of young children. We aim to develop stamina and strength, to build self-esteem and self-confidence as well as a host of other skills.

The children take part in gymnastic, dance and games activities. They engage in competitive activities (both against themselves and others) and take part in cooperative team games, developing tactics for attacking and defending.

They need to keep a pair of shorts and a tee shirt at school for PE sessions.