At Merton Infant School, we have high expectations to enable our pupils to achieve the highest possible personal and academic outcomes. We have embraced the 2014 National Curriculum and plan according to the needs of our local community. We have a relentless focus on the personal development of our pupils with an emphasis on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure that our pupils achieve the best possible outcomes, regardless of their individual needs and abilities.
We promote a culture to support children in achieving their potential whatever their gender, social background, physical ability, language, religion or ethnic background. (Please see our Accessibility Plan located under: Key Information - Policies)
We have an open door policy and are happy to discuss any concerns that parents may have about their child. Initially parents can raise any concerns with their child's class teacher, the Inclusion Manager, Mrs Durbajlo, or the Headteacher, Mrs James. Full details of our Special Educational Needs provision can be found in our SEN Information Report on the SEN/Inclusion tab.
Our Curriculum is based on our commitment to our core learning values of:
These drive our planning and assessment procedures.
In YR we follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Curriculum which is organised into the following Areas of Learning.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
This enables children to self-regulate their emotions including their behaviour and attitudes. They will develop skills in managing themselves and building positive relationships.
Communication and Language
This area of learning develops children’s listening, attention and understanding skills including their speaking skills.
Children will receive 2 hours of P.E. per week. Gymnastics, Games and Dance are taught throughout the year. There will also be daily ‘dough’ gym activities which will develop their gross motor skills and improve their co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. They will also develop their fine motor skills.
Children will learn to understand numbers to 10 including recalling number bonds. This will involve counting, recognising and forming numbers. They will learn to subitise (recognise quantities without counting ) to 5. They will learn to identify numerical patterns and make connections between doubling and halving. They will verbally count beyond 20.
Children will become confident in writing e.g. letter formation, writing for a purpose (i.e. lists, captions, recipes, stories and leaflets). Children will be encouraged to have a love of books and begin to learn how to read using their Phonic knowledge and blending skills. They will also develop their comprehension skills.
Understanding the World
This area develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the past and present, including people, culture and communities. They will explore and make links of the natural world.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will learn how to create with materials. They will also develop being imaginative and expressive.
In Y1 & 2 we teach the following subjects:
The Curriculum, in each year group, is planned through half-termly topics. The topic is introduced by a key 'launch' and key question which 'hooks' the children into their learning e.g. a visit to a specific place, a visitor, receiving a mystery object or a letter challenging the children to complete an investigation. There is an audience and purpose which drives the learning per topic.
When the children are motivated and interested in their learning, their participation is far more forthcoming and so they achieve better. We ask the children what they already know about the topic and what they would like to find out. We start from their interests.
The topic is completed with a key 'landing' which celebrates all their learning e.g. presentation to an audience i.e. a dragon dance to parents, chocolate café to grandparents, planting demonstration to the local allotment owners. This approach supports our commitment to developing their speaking & listening skills.
For further information on the curriculum you may speak to your child's class teacher or visit the Curriculum Newsletters page which can be found under the 'Parents' tab.
Children are mostly organised in mixed ability classes per year group. On occasions, we 'stream' for Writing and Maths i.e. where children are taught in ability groups.