At Merton Infant School, we have high expectations to enable our pupils to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes. We have embraced the new National Curriculum for 2014 and plan according to the needs of our local community. We focus on the personal development of our pupils with an emphasis on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development including their Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE).
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. This is organised into three Prime and four Specific Areas of Learning.
This area encourages children to become more aware of themselves and others. It is all about feeling good about who they are and respecting those around them.
This area of learning develops children’s speaking, listening skills and understanding skills.
Children will receive 2 hours of P.E. per week. There will also be brain and ‘dough’ gym activities everyday which will develop their gross motor skills and improve their co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement.
Children will learn to count, order, read and write numbers. They will be taught to identify patterns and making connections. They will know how to recognise and use shapes, measure, quantities and weight.
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.
This area develops children’s scientific, history, geography and IT skills. This element assists children in finding out about the outside world.
Children will be able to learn specific creative skills e.g. art, D.T., music and drama.
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' 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.
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 ends with a key 'landing' 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.
Children are organised in mixed ability classes per year group. We often 'stream' for Writing and Maths i.e. where children are taught in ability groups.