Curriculum Policy

Aims and Objectives:

The curriculum at Scargill Infant School is a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that is designed to promote a wide range of skills and knowledge in a stimulating format. School provides a wide range of opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and practical abilities which are relevant to in later life and assist children in becoming positive and contributing citizens. The curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and needs, whilst also promotes a constant thread of social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

Children at Scargill Infant School are taught to self-manage and aspire to achieve. Pupils learn to be pro-active and confident in their approaches; they are prepared for the next steps in their education.

Our Curriculum:

In KS1 our curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. 

  • English is taught through a daily English lesson as well as a 30 minute Reading focus session. We also link key English skills in a variety of other subjects.
  • Mathematics is taught through a daily mathematics lesson and includes a focused session of mental arithmetic. Key Mathematical skills are used in other subjects.
  • Science is taught through an investigative approach.
  • Computing is taught across the curriculum. Pupils use IT resources in their classrooms as having access to a Computing Suite.  School ensures that online safety is a common thread in all work.
  • History and Geography is planned using the National Curriculum and we aim to make it as relevant to the children at Scargill Infant School as we can.
  • Art and Design Technology is planned using the National Curriculum and we aim to make it as relevant to the children at Scargill Infant School as we can.
  • Music is planned using the National Curriculum and we aim to make it as relevant to the children at Scargill Infant School as we can.
  • Physical Education is planned using the National Curriculum and we aim to make it as relevant to the children at Scargill Infant School as we can, with an emphasis on team games and sportsmanship.
  • Children follow the Havering agreed syllabus for Religious Education. 

We follow a planned programme of study for PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education).  

Teaching at Scargill Infant School is supported by various online platforms such as Dojo, busy things, MyMaths and Phonics Play.

Assessment:

School continually assesses children in order to make robust and well informed judgements on children’s progress and attainment. School individually tracks all children to ensure that no child is left behind in their learning. In the event that a child is under performing, they are quickly identified and an intervention is put in place for the child. At its first instance, this will be provided, managed and monitored by the designated class teacher.

School regularly reports progress and attainment to parents/carers. Reporting can be verbal or written, formal or informal, whilst all parents/carers will receive an end of year report including performance in meeting the given year group standard. This will be reported as either: 

  • Emerging
  • Developing
  • Secure

In the event you wish to discuss the progress or your child, please direct your enquiry to the class teacher.

For further information, you can view the school Assessment Policy on the school website.

Homework:

All children are strongly encouraged to take their reading books home every evening for regular practice with parent(s)/carers. Library books are also taken home and changed weekly. A Home/School reading record for each child operates throughout the school, where the teacher and parent can comment on the child’s reading.

Weekly spelling lists are set for all year groups. These are tested at the end of each week. The learning of times tables is very important and should be practised regularly at home. An award system is in place that children follow.

Homework is set on a weekly basis, and we request that parents encourage their children to complete these on time.

For further information, please see the school Homework Policy as available on the school website.

Special Educational Needs:

It is normal that from time to time, children experience some difficulties in their learning and may need additional help either on a short or long-term basis. As a result, children may be supported within the classroom or withdrawn in a small group to work.   This is organised and managed by Miss Hutton, SEND and Inclusion Lead for the school.

The support that is organised is often specific, targeted and personal to the individual requirements of the child.  If the difficulty does not improve by the intervention of the school, other agencies may be engaged to assist progress, such as an Educational Psychologist.  This of course would take place following consultation with parents/carers.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

School offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities that are run on a voluntary basis by staff.  These take place either before school, after school or during lunchtime and are advertised on a termly basis and on the school website.

For more information about our curriculum please see year group planning and/or subject planning.