Blossomfield Infant & Nursery School
CURRICULUM INTENT AT BLOSSOMFIELD
We believe that we have a responsibility to lay strong foundations that will enable children to be ready for the next stage of their educational career. We subscribe to the assertion made by the DFE in their national curriculum in England document 2014, which states that;
The curriculum should provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement’. (DFE - The national curriculum in England 2014)
In designing our curriculum we have considered our school community values and the 5 ways to wellbeing, which scientific studies have shown increase happiness and emotional health and wellbeing.
We therefore strive to give the children a broad, balanced and memorable curriculum that encompasses key knowledge with tangible learning experiences that encourage them to have high aspirations, take managed risks and develop resilience and good character.
- We are happy and feel safe
- We are all different, we are all equal, we are all special
- We want to be healthy and active
- We care for each other and the grown-ups care for us
- We look after our world, near and far, so it can look after us
- We learn to make good choices for ourselves and others
- We have fun learning together even when it’s hard
- We achieve the best we can
Children, Parents, Governors and Staff worked together
to produce our school values
Foundation Stage Provision at Blossomfield
‘ The goal of early education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn’
The provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Blossomfield is based upon four principles:
- A unique child – developing resilient, capable, confident and self-assured individuals.
- Positive relationships – supporting the children in becoming strong and independent.
- Enabling environments – where opportunities and experiences respond to the individual needs of the child by developing a strong partnership between practitioners, parents/carers and the child.
- Learning and developing – An acknowledgement that children learn in different ways and at different rates.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning as outlined in the Development Matters document (2012) underpins all EYFS practice at Blossomfield.
‘Play is the highest form of research’
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The planned Key Stage 1 national curriculum at Blossomfield provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated global citizens of tomorrow. We endeavor to support our children to explore and question the world around them and encourage them to use their knowledge to engage in critical thinking when debating topical issues.
The subjects taught in Key Stage 1 are English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Computing, Music, Physical Education (PE), Art & Design, Design & Technology (DT) and Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE).
In Year 1 and Year 2 we base our work in school on the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. Assessments of children’s attainment and achievement at the end of the key stage will be made against this curriculum.
Classes are organised in single age groups. Within each class children experience a range of teaching strategies, and teaching methods may vary according to the subject.
Children will be taught in whole class, groups and individually, allowing for support and challenge. Children are encouraged to develop their own learning styles, using a range of strategies to access the curriculum.
All children have a right to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:
- achieve their best
- become confident individuals and live fulfilling lives
- make a successful transition into becoming an adult – whether that’s into further and higher education, training or work
At Blossomfield we make a commitment to:
- Set suitable learning challenges
- Respond to children’s diverse needs
- Overcome potential barriers to learning
We believe that these principles underpin both our ethos and the taught curriculum.