The Enrichment of Learning
At Fordingbridge Infant School we have developed an exciting and balanced curriculum which gives pupils a wide range of experiences and opportunities to develop the skills they need to succeed. The result is a curriculum which ensures all children are interested and motivated to learn. Our school ethos ‘Learning together’ is one of encouraging success and progress and of building learning power and aspirations within every child. Our curriculum is driven by a growth mindset ethos which enables children to become effective learners in an ever changing world.
We firmly believe that school should be about developing children’s learning attitudes and their characters so that they will want to go on learning forever, and although this means very high standards in English and Mathematics, it means so much more besides. We have high expectations, working hard to make the best possible progress, but we have a great deal of fun as well and really value the laughter, enjoyment and variety that is essential in securing a unified and stimulating atmosphere for learning.
The curriculum is taught through learning units lasting for half a term, in which relevant subjects are combined to help develop children’s knowledge skills and understanding, around a common theme. Cross curricular links are made where they are meaningful, however this approach is not always possible and therefore specific subjects are taught discreetly when required. Throughout the Learning Units, we weave our learning dimensions of motivation, independence, resilience, team work, creativity and reflection into the activities so that as well as acquiring knowledge and skills, the children are developing very important life skills. Each learning unit begins with an exciting hook which is designed to ignite children’s interests in the learning.
6 Learning Dimensions
What is having a growth mindset?
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
The Hidden Curriculum
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to facilitate the development of our pupils. The children’s personal and social education is at the heart of our curriculum and we believe that the development of children as individuals, with their own strengths, interests and aspirations, is paramount. We believe that in order for children to become effective citizens, they need to have an understanding of both the wider world and their local community, including an understanding of British values. The curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the national curriculum, but also the range of enrichment and extracurricular experiences planned in order to benefit the learning and development of all pupils. Visitors to the school and educational visits all contribute to bringing the curriculum alive.
To view our current curriculum maps then please select the documents below. If you require any additional information about our curriculum then please contact the school office and Mrs Robertson or Mrs Penny will be happy to talk to you further.
At Fordingbridge Infant School we teach phonics by following the guidance of Letters and Sounds which was developed and published by The Department for Education. The teaching of phonics starts in Year R and continues in Year 1 and Year 2.
Letters and Sounds aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills, awareness of phonics and oral blending and segmenting, to prepare them for learning to read and write.
The phonics activities we use are part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre. We aim to link language with physical and practical experiences. We provide an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books.
There will be opportunities for you to learn more about Letters and Sounds and how you can support your child at home with their phonics learning throughout the year at information sessions and throughout support booklets. However, if you have any questions in the meantime please do get in touch and our English coordinator will be happy to answer them.
What is Letters and Sounds?
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
What do the different phases in Letters and Sounds?
There are six overlapping phases in Letters and Sounds. A brief summary of what is included in each phase is detailed below.
Phase 1: Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase 2: Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase 3: The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
Phase 4: No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase 5: Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase 6: Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc
National Curriculum Programmes of Study
For information regarding our curriculum for reading, writing and maths:
Curriculum information for KS1 subjects:
Please refer to our Curriculum Letters in Information for Parents for details of topics covered.
All maintained schools provide daily collective worship for pupils. In our school this is delivered through whole school, year group or class based assemblies. This time offers the opportunity to engage in collective expression and reflection, exploring religious, moral and spiritual ideas. Every week there is a Celebration Assembly during which children reflect upon their personal and collective achievement, both in school and outside. As parents, you have the right to withdraw your child from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided. If you feel this applies then please come and discuss it with the Headteacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education
At Fordingbridge Infant School the personal development of each child is considered key to them becoming successful learners and developing respect, independence and self-esteem as individuals. Our PSHE programme is designed to support personal development and is taught discreetly through lessons, circle times and cross-curricular opportunities. These sessions include opportunities for discussion, role-play, partner/group work and for the children to capture their ideas through film, photography or writing. PSHE is embedded and enhanced through assemblies, visitors to the school (e.g. Life Education Bus, NSPCC, Hampshire Fire Department) and educational visits off-site (Safe Wise). These opportunities are regularly recorded through our school blog.
At the beginning of each year the children create a Class Charter which establishes the class rules and routines. Each child takes part in these discussions to ensure a sense of belonging and value. The Class Charters are linked to the United Nations Rights of a Child and through this children learn about their ‘Rights’ but also their ‘Responsibilities’. Our school Pupil Council runs throughout the year and children have the opportunity to be elected on a half-termly basis. Elections for the Pupil Council are used as an opportunity to highlight the importance of democracy and other key British values such as diversity, tolerance, self-belief and individual liberty.
Our PSHE contributes to the promotion of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) of each and every pupil and also to their wider personal development and well-being.
The best “homework” children can have is enjoying shared experiences with family and friends. Visits, discussions, outings, talking about a favourite film, sharing a story, playing a game and writing a letter are all forms of homework.
The school wishes to promote a learning partnership. Children are expected to read at home on a regular basis. As the children progress through the school they may be expected to do some research on a particular study unit. We ask for as much parental encouragement as possible.