The National Curriculum
This comprises Core and Foundation Subjects
The core subjects are Mathematics, English and Science
Foundation subjects are History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design Technology, Information Communication Technology.
Children also receive Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (which includes sex and drugs education), citizenship and Multi-cultural Education.
Infant Schools have a special responsibility to teach children how to learn independently by teaching and practising skills, concepts and attitudes. We also want our children to experience a broad range of opportunities and to enjoy their learning. This means that elements of the subjects listed above will be discovered by our pupils during play activities and through the teaching of Integrated Units of Work.
Cross-curricular work is an essential feature of learning, when several subejcts are linked together to provide a rich purpose and context for learning. Since 2005 we have been working on a new curriculum, totally unique to our school and based on values. We now have a bank of "integrated units of work". Each unit is planned with a particular emphasis on challenging the more able and incorporates one or more of our Values for Learning:
At the commencement of each Half Term block you will receive information showing the specific areas of learning that your child's year group will be covering. This gives you some information that will help to support your child's learning. We also ask you to bring in artefacts of items of interest, or let us know of contacts that we could make in our local community that would enrich these areas. It may be that you have a hidden talent, skill or interest that could be shared.
When children first start school they follow what is called the Foundation Stage curriculum - the legal entitlement for all nursery, pre-school and Year R pupils. The Foundation Stage curriculum leads into the National Curriculum (the legal entitlement for 5-7 years olds) and there is a strong emphasis within it on learning through play and language development.
At Mill Rythe you will see learning through play taking place throughout the school. It takes on many forms - sometimes it is very structured, at other times it is developed by a supportive adult who intervenes in order to move learning forward, or perhaps children are left to explore and discover alone with resources that have been carefully selected.