Within the school curriculum everything is planned, implemented and encouraged by school to promote the development of pupils to prepare them for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of life. Much of the learning that our children do in school is through cross-curricular topics and themes. Teachers carefully plan work that is stimulating, interesting and will arouse children’s natural curiosity whilst covering key skills and knowledge.
Teaching our pupils to become happy confident readers plays a vital role within our school. This is delivered through regular reading and phonic sessions. All home school reading material and the Guided Reading Sets in school have been book banded. Reading in school is taught through Guided, Individual and Independent reading sessions. Phonics are planned and taught in line with the Letters and Sounds document provided by the DfES. Phonics sessions contain the Review> Teach > Practise> Apply teaching sequence. There is fidelity to one programme. A shared vocabulary is used in school. The Phonics tracker is in place for each class. The inputs are whole class with a kinaesthetic approach.
NB. Phonics delivery is currently under review.
Further information: Reading at Great Moor Infant School.
For more information about the EYFS and the KS1 National Curriculum please click on the following links below:
In the Nursery and Reception year the foundation stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three prime areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The children are supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas of learning are as follows:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Key Stage 1
This dovetails when a child is ready into the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum.
The Curriculum the school offers includes:
- Design and Technology
- Art and Design
- Physical Education
Each subject area within our Curriculum is carefully planned for by individual Subject Leaders. Teachers’ carefully ensure a progression of skills throughout each subject. Please click on the subject for more information:
Our Vision for Reading: Reading is a vital skill that underpins children’s learning in school and for the rest of their lives. GMCIS delivers a systematic, purposeful and dynamic reading curriculum. Children are taught to read through phonics first and then keywords and other higher order strategies. We want children to be able to reflect and talk about what they have read. Story-telling and ensuring children love books is a vital part of our day. We want children to love stories and information books. We want them to enjoy a good story and be able to read a good story too. The impact for a child’s well-being, language, creativity and enjoyment is well understood, for them as children and as an adult.
Our Vision for Writing: At GMCIS we want children to see themselves as writers of all the many genres of writing accessible to young children. We embed the basics through systematic quality first teaching. To become creative writers, we want the children to have first-hand experiences in order that our children may talk their piece of writing first. Trips, drama strategies, embedded stories (so the children are story-tellers).
Our Vision for Phonics: Our vision is for every child to become an able reader. We want children to enjoy reading as part of their school day and for the rest of their lives. We appreciate that learning to read can be challenging and therefore the consistent teaching of high quality phonics sessions is a key tool in the learning to read process. Quality first teaching of phonics is a bedrock for learning to read and this is delivered at GMCIS. For those children who need further support, appropriate interventions are put in place to ensure they will achieve to the best of their ability.
Our Vision for Maths: Maths at GMICS is taught progressively through a rich and broad range of practical (equipment), pictorial (images) and abstract (mental) activities. Children are taught key skills and concepts (fluency) and are then given the opportunity to apply these creatively within real life contexts (problem solving/reasoning). Where appropriate, maths is linked to other subject areas e.g. geography – the use of positional language, art – exploring shapes such as in the designs of Clarice Cliff, history – chronology, ordering events. Maths at GMICS is viewed as an interactive and collaborative subject with an emphasis on talk, through questioning and modelling of technical vocabulary. Maths is adapted to cater for all children, ensuring it is accessible, allowing all children to make progress. As a result children at GMICS show confidence, engagement and creativity towards maths which is evident in the successful results achieved by our learners.
Our Vision for Science: Science learning at GMCIS is an ongoing and practical investigation into the world around us. Science is contextual and relevant with real links to the children’s everyday lives. Science is creative and practical. Hands on investigations develop enquiry skills and lead to development of knowledge and understanding. Wherever possible science is open ended, encouraging children to ask and answer their own questions and to make links with their broader learning.
Learning Journey – Science
Design & Technology
Our Vision for Design & Technology: Design and Technology is a ‘real life’, inspiring and practical subject with strong links to other subject areas. Using creativity and imagination, our children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Learning is progressive throughout the school, introducing and consolidating new skills and knowledge.
Learning Journey – DT
Our Vision for History: At Great Moor Infants we want all of our children to have an understanding of the past and how history will shape our future. We don’t just view History as dates to remember, or facts to recall. We encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in creative, engaging and exciting ways. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive! We believe the study of history inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the way people’s lives have changed over time. Each History topic is carefully planned to allow opportunities for extended writing, maths and reading too!
Learning Journey – History
Our Vision for Geography: Grounded in a broad understanding of their own community, children begin to understand the geographical factors that identify their place in the world. Children continually build geographical understanding, vocabulary and skills through first hand activities and fieldwork. Links are made between their own lives and with other places, events and people around the world; fuelling curiosity and fascination with the diverse geography of the wider world and its people.
Learning Journey – Geography
Art & Design
Our Vision For Art & Design: Art and design at GMCIS is a progressive and creative subject that develops and shares ideas, experiences and imagination across all areas of learning. Learning is engaging and practical, developing drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and print making skills. Activities are linked to themes, events, children’s interests and broader curricular learning. To enhance engagement and relevance, connections are made to the children’s community and local area.
Learning Journey – Art & Design
Our Vision for P.E: At Great Moor we feel P.E is important to instil confidence, discipline and determination in our children. We offer a broad and rich P.E curriculum that enable children to play and enjoy different aspects of sport. We feel it is important for children to recognise and strive for personal challenge increasing resilience in order to achieve. We promote the importance of collaboration, with good sportsmanship.
Learning Journey – PE
Our Vision for Computing: Computing plays a crucial role in the education of young children and we understand how technologies are an essential part of everyday life. We recognise and value the importance of teaching our children the skills which they can build upon in the future to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. Pupils are taught about e-safety progressively throughout the school, how to stay safe and know where to seek help. We deliver Computing in a creative way, delivering a broad and progressive cross-curricular scheme of work, with the intention of engaging our pupils and promoting a positive attitude towards this subject.
Our Vision for PSHE: PSHE (Personal, Social Health Education) at Great Moor Community Infant School underpins all that we do. Our school’s core values, Inclusion, Respect, Care, Independence, Resilience and Creativity are of paramount importance. We endeavour to create young people empowered with these qualities. We want to ensure that our children are equipped to face real-life contexts and have the skills, knowledge and awareness to keep themselves and others safe, healthy and happy.
To ensure our children get the very best teaching, within PSHE, we have chosen to use an award-winning resource – 1decision. 1decision is part of Headway Education and has been kite marked by the PSHE association – the effective governing body for the subject in the UK – as being a quality assured product. The 1decision resources have been developed over the past seven years and each module has been created by PSHE and Safeguarding experts together with schools, and most importantly children. As a school we are proud to say we will be using these resources and you may like to find out more about them by visiting their website: www.1decision.co.uk. You can also view the 1decision Knowledge Organisers (KO) below to see what our KS1 children will be covering within the nine modules. The KO also include question prompts which parents could use at home to initiate discussion / conversations around their child’s learning.
For a more in depth understanding of how we approach our PSHE curriculum, see the Relationships and Sex Education Policy in the Policies Section of our website.
|Knowledge Organisers||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Feelings & Emotions|
|Fire Safety||Years 1-3|
|Hazard Watch||Years 1-3|
|Keeping & Staying Healthy|
Our Vision for R.E: In our Religious Education teaching we strive to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, amongst other faiths/beliefs. We aim to encourage our children to be curious about the world and the people that live in it. We want our children to feel confident and proud of the beliefs and practices from their own home life. We provide a broad range of enjoyable, cross curricular activities which allow our children to develop their understanding and learn to respect the diversity in our school and community.
Learning Journey – RE.