Stoke Park Infant School
We provide a wide and interesting Curriculum to suit
the lively curiosity and interests of a young child. We have a core
Curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum. We use the
National Early Learning Goals and also QCA schemes of work and adapt
them to suit our own topics and our children.
Each half term the children follow a topic. The topic
integrates many aspects of the Curriculum including human and social
skills, moral, cultural and spiritual education. At all stages we want
to take the child’s experience and expand it further. We encourage
independence, enthusiasm, creativity and the ability to be critical, to
question and find out answers, to think logically and to gain
confidence. We expect the children to reach their full potential both
academically and socially.
The teaching of reading is based on Oxford Reading Tree,
which is supplemented by a wide variety of fiction and non fiction books
at all levels. Children work through the colour coded levels of the
scheme at different rates and our aim is to produce competent and
confident readers who can read purposefully and for pleasure. Children
have a reading book bag which should go home nightly, containing reading
scheme books, library books, key words, spelling and sometimes maths
homework sheets or activities. However, it is not expected that a child
will change reading books more than once per week. Each classroom also
contains a reading book corner where children can access a wide variety
of texts within the classroom to share and enjoy.
The children are taught literacy daily
covering objectives from the National Literacy Strategy. They are also
encouraged to communicate verbally, to increase their vocabulary,
language and listening skills and to develop writing skills through talk
as well as presentation and handwriting. The school is very well
resourced and a variety of approaches are used in teaching. These
include the use of ICT eg computers, television and digital cameras, as
this encourages children to become effective readers, writers and
communicators. Other activities include extended writing concepts,
individual and group reading, speaking and listening, and library.
English takes place all the time through other Curriculum areas.
Our core scheme is based on the National Numeracy
Strategy and Foundation Stage Curriculum and enhanced by games and
problem solving activities. Children will be given opportunities to do
practical investigative and written work. There is an emphasis placed
on mental and oral work using a wide variety of strategies. ICT is used
also to support teaching and learning.
It is most important
that the children develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and
understand its use in everyday life whilst developing a fascination of