At Lenthall Infant and Nursery School we are proud to provide a curriculum, which is creative, inspiring and motivating for all pupils. We bring learning to life through the rich, broad and hands on experiences we provide in our own stimulating environment and that within the wider community.
We recognise that every child is unique so we ensure that the curriculum we provide is carefully planned and tailored to meet the individual needs of every child, ensuring that there are no barriers to every child achieving. We also ensure that the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, physical and emotional needs of our children are also met, enabling each child to reach their full potential and provide the knowledge and skills they will need in later life.
We ensure that we teach to the requirements of the National Curriculum in England (2014) for years one and two and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2012) for Nursery and Reception. Our experienced staff deliver the curriculum in an exciting and stimulating way that promotes and encourages the children to become confident, inquisitive, knowledgeable and independent learners, with the ability to ‘persevere’ but also challenge themselves in a range of contexts.
In Year 1 and Year 2 the National Curriculum is taught to children. The core subjects are English, Maths and Science. The other subjects taught include History, Geography, Art, Physical Education, Music, Design and Technology and Computing Technology. A day’s programme will include many of the above, often taught as part of a topic.
The teaching of phonics is an integral part of the curriculum in both the Foundation Stage classes (Nursery and Reception) and in Key stage 1.
We follow the national phonics programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’, where children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made of just one letter, and those that are made by two or more. As the children progress through the scheme they will learn about alternative ways of representing the same sound. The teaching of phonics is essential to the development of children’s reading and writing as it enables children to decode for reading and encode for spelling.
Children have a discrete, daily phonics session, where they revise previous learning and learn new phonemes. Throughout this time they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained. In order to cater for the different learning styles and stimulate and motivate the children we ensure that our phonics lessons are interactive and pacey. Teachers carefully monitor how each child applies and embeds their phonic knowledge within different writing activities across the curriculum.
At Lenthall we have a real love and passion for reading and we strive to ensure that our children develop a positive and confident approach to this subject. Through our rich environment and creative themed curriculum we set alight that pleasure of reading. We feel strongly that children have access to a vast range of reading materials, therefore our reading areas are stocked with fiction, non-fiction, poetry and magazines which support the termly theme and capture the children’s interests.
Oxford reading tree is our main Reading scheme but we also use other schemes to ensure the children become confident and independent learners. We encourage our parents to choose books from the home-school reading shelves to share with their children at home and reward
the reading of 50 books within celebration assembly. Children are able to access the school library, selecting a book of their choice developing that interest and pleasure of reading, as well as setting ambitious expectations for themselves.
We believe the success to writing begins with valuing those very early stages of writing: mark making. This means right from the start we are building confident writers. Alongside this we ensure that we capture children’s interests and embed this into our exciting curriculum to inspire and develop our young writers. From this we support children on a very exciting journey of becoming a writer, from writing their name, applying their phonic skills, spelling keys words to writing at length, with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. We ensure these skills are embedded in a range of contexts and they have the opportunity to understand and consolidate what they have heard, read or experienced through a range of writing purposes.
To ensure that children understand the importance of mathematics for their life long journey we strive to embed the use of mathematical skills; numeracy, reasoning and measures across the curriculum. We find that by encouraging them to apply their skills in a range of contexts enables them to develop a positive and confident approach to this subject. This then enables them to draw upon appropriate strategies and skills they require to solve problems in different subject areas within school and the wider world.
Through the teaching of a comprehensive science curriculum we aim to ignite children’s awe and wonder of the world around them. We bring learning to life by ensuring that children have plenty of opportunity for practical first hand experiences. This involves them carrying out a range of investigations and explorations enabling them to find the answer to their own scientific enquiries, questions and problems. We ensure that we equip them with the scientific language and skills they will need to communicate their findings in a range of contexts.
To ensure our children are equipped with the necessary skills to prepare them for the technological world we live in, we offer lots of ‘hands-on’ opportunities in computing. Teachers use computing across other subjects, such as literacy, mathematics, science and design and technology.
We follow Derbyshire guidelines. This requires us to teach Christianity plus one other main faith. School Assemblies are held daily and religious festivals are celebrated. Assemblies are predominately Christian in nature but we also strive to support and teach children to understand, respect and enjoy the rich diversity of cultures that exist in the United Kingdom.
At Lenthall we recognise that children are at their happiest when they are physically active. Through the range of PE sessions we offer our children learn to move in different ways, participate in team games and perform dances using simple patterns and movements. At Lenthall our children participate in many external PE days with other local schools such as multi-skills and dance, as well as attending a range of external clubs we offer after school such as gymnastics, football and athletics. These opportunities enable pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
We have a cross-curricular approach to teaching the subjects of History, Geography, Music, Art, Design and Technology. Through these areas we inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination of the world around them. We teach them to apply and understand the matters, skills and processes key to each subject area.
To enhance Music we also have a specialist music teacher who comes into school on a weekly basis; the children grow in confidence as performers through regular concerts.
Although not compulsory for EYFS and Key Stage 1, at Lenthall we provide all children with the opportunity to learn French, beginning in Nursery through a specialist French teacher. Children develop confidence in speaking and singing in another language.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage comprises of a Nursery and a Reception class. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is based on Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals. The curriculum is very creative, taking into account children’s interests and at the core is the unique child. Children learn best through play and our school provides a stimulating, safe indoor and outdoor learning environment where children can develop their curiosity and investigative skills with the support of experienced Early Years staff. Children are assessed at the end of Reception against the Early Learning Goals within a holistic approach. The Early Learning Goals are split into 7 areas of learning:
If you wish to know more about our curriculum, please ask a member of staff who will be pleased to help.