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Infant Curriculum Overview Spring Term 2017


The Infant curriculum is planned in short blocks, usually lasting 3 - 4 weeks to allow time in each half-term to follow shorter sub-themes based on identified, common interests among the children. These will be communicated to you via the Infant Class page and on the Parent Noticeboard in the Infant cloakroom. English and Maths are incorporated into the themes, where possible. Where appropriate, children in Infants study the same or similar topics to the children in Juniors.


Children in KS1 are encouraged to take ownership of their learning by independently accessing indoor and outdoor provision linked to objectives covered in formal lesson time.


The curriculum for the Spring term will be inspired by the theme ‘Infinity and beyond’ with 'The Man on the Moon' our focus novel for English, which will drive much of our cross-curricular work during the first half term. Children will be learning about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and looking at space travel.



As Mathematicians, we will be thinking about counting, calculating, measuring, learning about shapes and using data.



This term we will read, write, tell and listen to stories by a significant children’s author. We will practise and rehearse sentences and stories to improve the overall effect of our writing and our use of Standard English, writing stories, poems, postcards and non-fiction texts.



As Scientists, we will continue to combine Science with other curriculum subject areas, investigating the moon landings, planets and space travel.



As Technicians, we will be using a range of applications and devices in order to create computer programmes and communicate our ideas.



As RE pupils, we will listen to and retell key stories from the Christian and Muslim faiths to understand the importance of signs and symbols and what these show us. In the run up to Easter, we will be looking at the Easter story and why this story is important for us as Christians.


Geography, History and Design

As Geographers, we will investigate space and the solar system to identify its key physical features. We will begin to develop our understanding of gravity and the lack of gravity in space.


As Designers, we will develop our construction skills as part of our learning in Science. We will design and build our own air rockets and test them to develop our understanding of forces.



For the whole of this term we we will using the facilities at Malton Sports Centre to carry out indoor activities such as circuit training, pilates, sumba and gymnastics.


Me and my future - I know how to keep money safe and can explain the differences between needs and wants.  Pupils will also why people work and the different jobs people do.



Watch this space!



As Artists, we will look at the work of Van Gogh as well as exploring how to communicate our ideas about what we are learning in other subject areas through drawing, digital media and sculpture.



This term we are going to learn the names of fruits and how to express likes and dislikes about them.



Children should read to an adult or older sibling every night where possible. Spellings and letter sounds (where applicable) for all children will be sent home every Monday and be tested Friday that same week. Year 1/2 Maths homework will be set every Tuesday to be handed in the following Monday. Reception children will receive a range of challenges to work through on an ongoing basis in order to develop their fundamental knowledge of number

Please check your child’s book bag regularly: occasionally, children may be asked to complete additional tasks to support future lessons.


Early Years

Early Years at Wykeham CE Primary School continues the young child’s development from their previous settings (home / playgroups / nurseries) through to the end of Reception age group (four to five years). We are delighted to have very close relationships with local pre-school providers which smooths the transition as new pupils join us. As part of our transition programme, Mrs Thorp visits children in their existing settings before the children attend a number of transition days in school during the summer term.

At the end of Reception, assessments are shared formally in writing regarding children's achievement and learning styles, against the Early Learning Goals: the prime areas (Communication / Language, Physical Development, and Personal / Social / Emotional Development) and the specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics,Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts and Design). These judgements are informed by children's work throughout the year, in their independent and adult-directed play-based learning, and are enhanced through regular contributions from parents and other adults known to the child. Staff also follow objective-led planning in order to identify and build on children's knowledge, skills and understanding. Attainment is judged as 'Emerging', 'Expected' or 'Exceeding' based on average achievements at the end of the child's first year at school, per the following statutory and non-statutory guidelines:

Phonics/Reading Schemes

Phonics is taught using a multisensory approach to support children’s developing understanding of decoding words for reading and encoding for writing. The school follows 'Letters and Sounds’ but also utilises elements of ‘Jolly Phonics’ to embed the children’s learning. 

Children are taught to use synthetic sounds for blending and spelling, and to use the correct vocabulary when discussing their reading and writing across the curriculum. From September 2015, the school will offer an annual workshop for parents and other school staff to ensure that there is a consistent approach from all adults who support children with their reading and writing. This is to maintain the work undertaken in September 2013 and December 2015 by Phonics Adviser Victoria Marshall, which included workshops and further training for parents and staff. The school have also taken advantage of the Government match-funding programme to purchase a range of resources for Phonics teaching and learning.

Children have access to graded reading schemes from Oxford University Press (including Oxford Owls, a vast range of eBooks), Collins Big Cat and National Geographic, allowing them to apply their phonic knowledge across a range of texts and develop their comprehension skills as they do so. The school is also developing Guided Reading in Early Years and KS1 and currently uses a range of texts from Scholastic, Rigby Star and ‘free’ readers (such as well-loved books by Roald Dahl, Jill Murphy or Julia Donaldson), depending on children’s ability and interests.
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