This is the story that we introduce to the children in Reception. It explains all about the animals that we talk about in class. Each animal has a different learning power!
Early Years Education
We believe that children in Reception should have a positive start to their school life and we work hard to ensure that this is the case. The children in Badgers' Class are taught by Mrs Hayes and Mrs Yeates.
In Hedgehogs' Class, children are taught by Mrs Gurnsey. Mrs Roach, Mrs Mead, Miss Johnson and Mr Trenchard also teach and support the children in Reception.
Reception has its own designated outdoor play area and the children also play in the main playground. From starting in Reception children will start to be taught different aspects of literacy and numeracy through a play-based curriculum and you will be helped with ideas regarding how to support to your child at home.
In September, all new Reception children are offered a home visit. Children initially start part time in order to enable them to become confident with their new setting and the members of staff involved in their care. Although this might seem like a difficult period logistically, especially after attending full time nursery in some cases, it is an essential induction period where detailed baseline assessments are made and the children are able to adjust to the far greater ratio of children to adults. For this, we do need those first few weeks where only half the class are present at any one time. Details of this induction period are given to parents in May/June of the year that they start school.
Children visit our school prior to their start and we work hard to ensure that we have all the relevant information about your child in order that they can have the best possible start to school life. Our doors are always open if you wish to talk about your child - we shall be delighted to see you. If your family requires an interpreter please let us know.
In an ever changing world of technology where even our youngest children have access to a wide range of information and images it is of the utmost importance that we keep them safe online. Throughout their time in Chandag Infant School we achieve this in many different ways including SWGFL filter system, 'Hector the dolphin', taking part in internet safety day, through the computing curriculum that is covered all year and through reminders and checks displayed in each classroom to refer to whenever needed.
Hector the dolphin
Hector is a picture of a dolphin that swims in the corner of all the school computers that the children use. He is an icon and if the children read or see an image that makes them feel uncomfortable or upset they can click on him and his image gets bigger and covers the screen until the children can tell an adult and discuss what they have seen. The teacher will then report any inappropriate websites or images to SWGFL who will ensure that the site is filtered.
Most of the time the children report seeing a picture of a dinosaur or a monster or they read a scary story and it is a great opportunity to discuss the way that different things can be perceived and about the likes and dislikes of other people.
We believe that children should be prepared for life in the wider community and that we now live in a world where access to different countries is far easier than ever before. We believe it is very important that our children are literate and numerate.
We have revised our curriculum to be in line with the new expectations of the National Curriculum 2014. The content covered in Years 1 and 2 is attached to this page. We have included the curriculum content for Year 3, so that you can see what children will go on to do in the Juniors.
Throughout our school we follow Read Write Inc for our phonics curriculum. Our reading scheme starts with the Oxford Reading Tree and as the children become more proficient we allow them to read age appropriate books.
Our Equalities curriculum runs in parallel with our 'main' curriculum and covers topics such as race, religion, gender discrimination, disabilities etc in order to prepare our children for the world in which they live. We are very lucky because we have many families with links to other countries through their families and we celebrate other cultures and heritage within school, using the family connections and knowledge as a resource for our children's learning.
We firmly believe in the importance of play for children and the role it has in building skills such as self confidence, independence, imagination, co-operation and collaborative working, and our development of our outdoor area is on-going. We are increasingly using our outdoor provision to support learning in our school.
If you would like further information about our Curriculum, please contact Mrs Weeks in our school office and she can pass on your enquiry.