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Curriculum

We believe that all children are entitled to an enriched, broad and balanced curriculum experience of the highest quality.  Their education must enable children to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which they will work and live.

“Every child is entitled to a curriculum rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which enables every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard, so that all, for the benefit of all, are able to shape their destinies and create a better world.”

Every Learner   Essex LEA 1992

The following 10 core experiences are provided each year as a ‘minimum entitlement’:

  • To perform in a concert to their parents and/or other relatives;
  • To take part in a class assembly, shared with parents and visitors;
  • To go on an educational visit that involves travelling on a coach;
  • To go on an educational visit in the local area;
  • To visit St Michael’s C of E Junior School for an assembly or performance;
  • To watch a live performance undertaken by visiting professionals e.g. storytellers, musicians, actors or other performers;
  • To have the opportunity to work with experts: an artist, musician, performer or author;
  • To access 2 hours of high quality, organised physical activity each week;
  • To have access to extended provision in the form of after school clubs in KS1.

The Foundation Stage

A well-established programme of induction visits enables children to make a happy and confident start to school.

Learning in the Foundation Stage is organised into 7 areas of learning & development:

The prime areas:

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

The specific areas:

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

 

Children learn through carefully planned activities both indoors and outdoors, sometimes in a guided group with an adult and sometimes through self-chosen play. Children are encouraged to become independent learners, making decisions for themselves and cooperating with others.  Through observations and discussion children’s learning is continually assessed and next step targets planned.

Key Stage One

At KS1 teaching is based upon the National Curriculum and on the Frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy.  At Galleywood Infant School we have designed a thematic approach, carefully planning units of work that link together in a two year cycle. We have incorporated visits and visitors, performances and events to make children’s learning real, relevant and fun! Children and their teachers often use the school grounds as an outdoor classroom.

Topic Webs, which give an overview of the half-term’s work are sent home, and published on our website, showing how different subject areas integrate within our themes; we hope these will help parents to support their child’s learning. 

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus for Essex schools. Lessons are broadly Christian but also include teaching about other faiths and cultures. We aim to help children grow in spirituality and develop moral values.

A daily act of collective worship takes place with themes taken from the key values for our school.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and from the daily act of worship.