Curriculum Overviews for Parents
Click on the overview for your child's year group to see what the children will be learning this half term:
Reading and Writing
At Whitehall Infant School we use the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics, reading and writing across the school.
Please click on the attached for a practical explanation of the Read Write Inc programme RWI Presentation for Parents
Children are systematically taught the 44 sounds and learn to:
- decode texts effortlessly so all their resources can be used to comprehend what they read
- spell effortlessly so that all their resources can be directed towards composing their writing
The children are assessed each half term and are grouped according to their reading ability. Read Write Inc lessons take place for an hour each day and involve practising letter-sounds, reading and spelling words using familiar sounds, and reading and writing about texts at their level.
We also like to encourage a love of books. All classes have a reading corner and non-fiction library and children choose a selection of books as their class favourites. Class teachers hear children read, and children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible.
For more information about the teaching of phonics, you can visit the Oxford Owl website here
For further information on the Read, Write, Inc programme, you can log on to: http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/
For information on the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, please visit the following website http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-phonics-screening-check/
In Year Two, children who have completed the Read Write Inc programme, move on to Read Write Inc 'Literacy and Language' and alongside the Read Write Inc 'Spelling' this ensures they learn all of the skills they need to master the Key Stage One curriculum.
Read Write Inc curriculum overview - Reception
Read Write Inc curriculum overview - Year One
Read Write Inc curriculum overview - Year Two
To enable all pupils to succeed in maths, we use the Teaching for Mastery Approach in our KS1 maths lessons, in line with the current National Curriculum. We are starting to also use this approach in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Some of the main features of teaching for mastery are:
- small steps, focusing on learning new concepts with smaller numbers
- topics are covered in greater depth before we move on
- a supportive environment where it’s ok to be ‘stuck’
- children are encouraged to give reasons for their answers and speak in full sentences.
- accurate use of mathematical language
- repetition (of each other and of the teacher)
- practical resources and images are important for all children – if a child really understands a mathematical concept they should be able to show it with resources and pictures or diagrams
You may also like to look at these Maths Websites to support your child’s learning
Maths Mastery Curriculum - Year 1 and Year 2 Overview
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning and children learn through both child-directed play experiences and adult-directed focus tasks. At the end of the EYFS, children are assessed against the 13 Early Learning Goals. Our Nursery and Reception Classrooms and outdoor areas are carefully organised into different 'zones' which children can spend time in, including: sand/water trays, role play areas, music areas, construction areas, creative areas, writing areas, computers, book corners and 'themed' areas linked to the topic or story that children are learning about.
To find out more about the EYFS curriculum, click here.
Jigsaw - the mindful approach to PSHE
What is PSHE Education?
PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
What do Schools have to teach in PSHE Education?
According to the latest guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum, every schools needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’
- promotes British values
The Puzzles and what Children learn.
Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn about how people and bodies change. This Puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.
The following documents provide an overview for each of the other subjects in the National Curriculum for Year 1 and Year 2.
The school uses 'Jigsaw' PSHE programme in KS1. All classes have weekly PSHE lessons. Click here for Jigsaw Information for Parents.
PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) is also taught throughout other curriculum areas and below you will find a summary of the content; whilst lesson themes and times of the year may change, all aspects will be taught:
The school follows the Hillingdon Sacre Syllabus for Religious Education. This year there have been changes to this syllabus. Please see the following document for the changes - Revised Agreed Syllabus.pdf
KS1 National Curriculum Tests (SATS)
Please click on the link for information for parents of children in Year 2
Own and British Values
Please click on the following document for our 'Own and British Values' presentation
If you would like to find out more information about the curriculum in your child’s year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher at any time.