At Tweseldown, we aim to develop a positive attitude and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills. We ensure that Maths is accessible and enjoyable for all pupils at Tweseldown. We aim to develop:
- a positive attitude to Mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of Mathematics linked to real life
- competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
- initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- an ability to communicate mathematics, verbally and in written form
- an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
- an ability to master concepts rather than learning procedures by rote
In the classroom, children are given opportunities for practical activities, mathematical games, problem solving and investigations. The children will work as an individual, in pairs or part of a group to complete a given task. The children’s work will be supported through a range of resources e.g. numberlines, Numicon, 100 squares, small counting objects etc. Maths is mainly taught in the morning allowing 2 adults in each class to support and develop children’s learning.
The children’s progress is assessed after each lesson and their next steps are planned accordingly. Where appropriate children may be identified to receive additional intervention, to support their learning.
Good communication skills are essential for success and fulfilment in every area of life and we aim to lay the foundations for our children to become confident and effective communicators. At Tweseldown Infant School, pupils will be helped to understand the value of:
* Communicating with others appropriately and effectively through effective speaking and listening.
* Reading for information and for pleasure. We use a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club which are also supplemented by real books and other publications.
* Writing with confidence and fluency across a range of genres as a rewarding and important way of communicating ideas and feelings.
We teach children cursive (joined up) handwriting from year R, ethically with lead ins and lead outs. We teach English daily as a discrete subject in Key Stage One, with opportunities for English in the Foundation Stage being incorporated within the child’s day according to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We believe that children learn best through real experiences that are relevant to their lives and interests, so English learning takes place in the context of a rich and exciting curriculum which challenges and inspires all to strive for excellence. To support their learning of reading and spelling, children in all classes receive daily focused teaching of synthetics phonics which follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme along with Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play.
We aim to work with parents to achieve the best for our children, so children are encouraged to work on reading, spelling and a range of topic-based literacy tasks at home. We also welcome parents into school to support children’s reading.
Geography helps us to make sense of the world around us. Following the Geography National Curriculum, we aim to give children an interest in and an enthusiasm for their own immediate surroundings and the world beyond, an understanding of the differences between places, a sense of responsibility towards their environment and a range of skills to carry out geographical enquiry.
Geography is taught as part of the class topic work. At least two topics per year have a strong geographical emphasis. Work starts with what children know and moves further afield with practical experiences and fieldwork being most important.
Children have the opportunity to use a range of resources including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and computers to collect information for their geographical enquiries. They learn about the geography of the school and its grounds, the weather, the local area and the use of land. They also compare and contrast life in a Non-European Country such as Australia.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate. It provides an opportunity for creative expression and can play an important part in the personal development of the individual whilst singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development.
At Tweseldown we aim to enable children to:
- listen to a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music to enable children to enjoy and appreciate a variety of music and songs
- Begin to develop an understanding of how a variety of instruments can be played and how music can be composed
- Compose and perform music, independently and with others
- Begin to read and record simple notation for music
From the beginning of Reception children will be singing a variety of songs. They will also have an opportunity to explore musical instruments as part of their child-initiated learning. Children will also take part in a Christmas play, performing to an audience. They will have formal music lessons from a music specialist in the summer term.
In KS1 music is taught weekly by a music specialist. The children will experience playing and hearing a variety of percussion instruments. Children will be taught the dimensions and skills involved in music e.g. pitch, dynamics, tempo and structure. They will have opportunities to compose and perform to their peers using their instruments and voice. As well as singing a variety of songs in the lesson the children will attend a weekly singing assembly. In year 2 children will learn songs and perform them during Fleet festivities and take part in a carol concert at a local church.
Children will be exposed to live music from visiting musicians from different cultures which contributes to a better understanding of the world. Music can be enjoyed and studied at all levels and participation with others in musical activities contributes to a sense of community.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
We believe learning about PSHE and Citizenship helps children develop as individuals in a wider society. By enhancing a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development it prepares all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. PSHE plays an integral and crucial part in our school life and is delivered across the curriculum in specific PSHE lesson and throughout every school day. There are many natural links with other areas of learning. Through our PSHE curriculum we aim to develop each child’s self-esteem as well as their appreciation of the views, opinions and cultures of other people.
Through a range of such activities we aim to provide each child with the life skills that are essential to be a citizen in the 21st century.
The following curriculum maps show the coverage across the Foundation Stage and KS1:
- Me a Special Person
- My Special People
- Being Healthy and Safe
- Growing and Changing
- People Who Help
- Being Involved
- Working Well Together
- Other People are Special too
- Caring for Myself
- Caring for Others
- Keeping Safe
- Looking Forward
- Who is in Charge?
- Celebrating and Recognising differences
- My Body is Important
- Changing Friendships
- Taking Charge
- Looking Forward
Physical education focuses on the body and the physical experience. We educate the children on how the body works, how it responds to exercise and how it relates to a healthy lifestyle. PE develops physical competence, promotes physical development, artistic and aesthetic understanding and helps to establish self-esteem.
Tweseldown aims for PE are to:
- Promote enjoyment in physical activity
- Develop an understanding of the importance of regular physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Develop physical skills and competencies in a range of physical activities
- Develop the ability to evaluate and appreciate skillful and creative performance
- Develop problem solving skills
- Learn how to handle apparatus safely and understand the necessity for safety with physical activities
- Improve pupil’s self-esteem and confidence and ensure no pupils are discouraged from physical activity
- Ensure that physical education provision in the school is all-inclusive.
In reception children have access to the physical area in child-initiated activities, where there is a variety of equipment for them to use e.g. skipping ropes, bean bags, rackets, balls, space hoppers and the ‘snug’ climbing equipment. From September they have formal PE lessons with specialist sports coaches where they will learn a variety of fundamental movement skills and games. They begin formal PE lessons with the class teachers in the spring term, where they will experience a variety of dance and gymnastic activities.
In KS1 children will receive 2 hours of high quality PE each week. One lesson will be taught by PE specialists where they will be taught a range of multi skills and begin to learn games using equipment to reinforce the set skills e.g. sending and receiving, striking and fielding and athletic skills. The other lesson will be taught by their class teacher where they will be experiencing dance, gymnastics and orienteering.
Computing has replaced ICT in the September 2014 National Curriculum.
There are three main sections of the new Computing curriculum: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer science is a new aspect to the curriculum and will introduce children of all ages to understand how computers and networks work. It will also give all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, such as simple floor robots in Years 1 and 2. Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology. Finally, Digital Literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
Access to computing starts within the foundation years. All children have access to a range of technology such as computers, iPads, remote controlled toys and CD players. We create an environment that allows children to feel comfortable and confident to use technology within their play. All children in Key Stage 1 have the opportunity to be taught computing once a week within our ICT suite from a set of laptop computers. We currently follow and deliver fun learning experiences through the ‘Switched on’ planning scheme. This allows us to have exciting half termly projects where the children cover the computing curriculum. Throughout these projects the children are taught how to enter text, use drawing programmes, save their work and how to use search engines to research information to supplement their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
In addition to the ‘Switched On’ planning all children have an individual and secure logon to enable them to have access to dB Primary from at home and in school. dB Primary is an online virtual environment that allows children to have a secure area to explore electronic communication such as emailing and blogging.
We have a range of beebots which allow the children to programme an algorithm to carry out a set of simple travel instructions. Through using the beebots children are taught how to write and test simple programs and how to solve errors in their programming instructions.
At the heart of our computing curriculum however is e-safety. Children are taught how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Regular teaching of e-safety is important to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable. We also invite parents to information evenings so that they can work with us on this aspect of the curriculum.
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