The Curriculum at Dorset Road Infant School

The Curriculum at Dorset Road Infant School

The school bases its Curriculum on the Early Years Foundation Stage for Reception and on the National Curriculum ( revised ) in Years 1 and 2.

Years 1 and 2 follow the revised National Curriculum.

In addition to the broad based curriculum, all children are taught a daily, discrete phonics lesson, from Letters and Sounds. Children receive age-appropriate phonics teaching alongside being supported and challenged at a level tailored to their needs.  A separate discrete grammar and punctuation lesson is taught weekly at Key Stage 1.

We approach all teaching and learning in a meaningful and practical way, making links with real life wherever possible. Memorable learning experiences are planned and delivered thematically; teachers are able to choose how to fit areas of teaching and learning together into a broad theme that will enable the children to make links between the areas. The Curriculum at Dorset Road Infant school is broadly based and our aim is to enable all children to become confident learners who are willing to take risks to enhance their learning. All teachers work hard to promote independent learning, independent thinking, so that children develop a sense of themselves within a wider community and make good choices – now and in the future.

All children are encouraged and supported to do their best, to know when to ask for help and when to work independently. We are an inclusive school where every child really does matter. All children, including those with specific learning difficulties, the most able, those with physical disabilities and children with English as an additional language are nurtured through a wide range of strategies, interventions and support.

In addition to the basic curriculum, years 1 and 2 enjoy jujitsu coaching weekly and a specialist music teacher teaches all classes weekly. We offer piano and violin lessons too.

Parent receive a class newsletter on the first day of each half term, telling them the main foci of the half term’s learning and suggesting ways in which they can support their children. This will detail the learning planned in all areas of the Curriculum: Literacy, Maths, Science, Humanities ( History, Geography, RE ) or the Prime and Specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We have high expectations of everyone in the school community, teaching, learning and socially. Our children are happy, feel safe and are enthusiastic about life and learning.