Curriculum

At Broomhill Infant School we provide an exciting, innovative, broad and balanced curriculum, which includes the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.

We see reading as the most important skill for our children to master.  Through reading they can discover, imagine and enjoy the world around them and beyond.  As well as nuturing a love of reading, we aim to equip each child with the skills and confidence to read successfully at their level

FOUNDATION STAGE: RECEPTION

In Reception children engage with a range of areas of Learning and Development, they are: ‘Prime Areas’ and ‘Specific Areas.’ In Year 1 children begin to access the National Curriculum. The Foundation Stage curriculum is planned around:

Prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The Early Learning Goals establish expectations for most children to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM KEY STAGE 1 YEAR 1 & YEAR 2

Subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art,

Physical Education, Music, R.E.


ENGLISH:

Whole class work involves shared reading from an enlarged text or shared writing, and the development of specific reading and writing skills. The children then work independently in ability groups while the teacher focuses on a group for guided writing. Opportunities for extended writing tasks and for the development of speaking and listening skills occur across the broad curriculum.

APPROACH TO READING:

Our aim is for children to read with pleasure and understanding. Each classroom has a wide selection of quality literature appropriate for the spread of ability within the age group. The school library, which includes an extensive non-fiction section, gives further opportunities for the children to choose books to take home. Each class will visit the library every Tuesday to borrow and return library books. Our policy is to respect the choices that children make, giving guidance and support when required. Children take part in a phonics lesson each day and either a guided reading session or ‘author study’ session to develop both the ‘mechanics’ of reading and comprehension of texts. We use the Collins Little Wondle Phonics reading books that support the correct phonics phase.

PHONICS:

Phonics is taught every day at the same time across school.  children are grouped according to the phonic phase they are working in.  The school follows Letters and Sounds and the children read books that they can decode using their phonics knowledge.

MATHEMATICS:

Intent

Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at Broomhill Infant School is to develop children’s mathematical competence to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately whilst building the pre-requisite fluency in mathematical skills and concepts.

New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allowing them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding.

Arithmetic and basic mathematical skills are practiced daily to ensure key concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.

Implementation

Key mental arithmetic skills are revisited daily.

Teachers plan using the White Rose Maths scheme to ensure progression and depth of understanding.

Lessons use a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to guide children through their understanding of mathematical processes.

Children are taught through targeted differentiated small group and mixed ability whole class lessons.

A range of reasoning resources are used to challenge all children and give them the opportunity to reason with their understanding.

Children are supported within the Maths lesson (or within the same day) to ensure they are ready for their next Maths lesson.

Teachers plan to use the outdoors to explore and embed mathematical concepts and to make links with other subjects across the curriculum.

Impact

As a result of our Mathematics teaching at Broomhill Infant School you will see:

Engaged children who are all challenged.

Confident children who can all talk about their learning and can model and explain mathematical concepts.

Lessons that are active and use a variety of practical resources to support learning.

Different representations of mathematical concepts.

Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress from their starting points.

SCIENCE:

For each year group there is a detailed scheme of work based round topics such as ‘Animals, including humans.’ Children are taught the skills of observation, sorting and classification. They carry out simple investigations, predict the outcome and record their findings in a variety of ways. Year 2 children are introduced to the concept of a fair test and are encouraged to make a hypothesis.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: 

All classrooms are equipped with a workstation housing three networked computers. In addition we have 4 i pads and 30 Dell net books with wireless connection to the internet. These are stored in a laptop trolley and used with either the whole class or small groups. Each classroom has their own interactive whiteboard installed. CROSS-CURRICULAR THEMES:

Half-termly topics, which are planned for the whole school, often have a subject focus but also link with other curriculum areas. For example ‘Is it Art?’ ‘Where do stories come from?’ and ‘What’s so great about Broomhill?’ support Art, English, Geography and History.

Please see our annual list of topics and ‘learning challenge’ related questions on our school website. For further information please ask your child’s class teacher.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION & SPORTING AIMS:

Physical Education is an integral part of the total learning process. It gives all children the opportunity to develop body awareness and control through which they can experience enjoyment and self-confidence as an individual and as part of a group. Two hours per week is allocated to physical activity.

Games lessons focus on the development of individual skills along with partner and group work. Through small group activities the older children are introduced to the importance of agreed rules for co-operative and competitive games. Gymnastics, Games and Dance are taught in units of work. ‘The Arches’ School Sport Partnership support Broomhill staff in the delivery of PE sessions.

An annual whole school ‘Sports Afternoon’ event takes place in July at Sheffield University Goodwin Sports Centre to which parents and friends of the school are invited.

At playtimes on Monday and Tuesday children can use the climbing facilities and the garden to challenge themselves physically. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday children use the ‘Multi Use Games Area’ and climbing facilities. All staff at school have been trained to deliver ‘playground games’ at both playtime and lunchtime.                                                                

A range of big toys such as wheeled trucks, bikes and scooters are used by Foundation Stage in their outdoor learning environment.

Children are encouraged to bring certificates, for example for swimming, ballet, etc to our Tuesday ‘Achievement Assembly’ so that we can celebrate their achievements outside school.

The children, who take part in many individual events, are encouraged to be self-competitive to improve on their previous best effort.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & COLLECTIVE WORSHIP: 

The school follows the Sheffield Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Our aims are:

  • To provide each child with the opportunity for exploration, discovery, experience and growth within the religious and spiritual dimensions of
  • To encourage each child to understand and value their own religious faith and traditions and develop an understanding, respect and sensitivity for those of
  • To develop understanding of the ways in which religious beliefs are expressed and how they affect people’s

Our aims are explored in the context of three world faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We have an annual International Day celebrating a variety of faiths and cultures. Parents and the local community are invited to support this special event.

The daily assembly follows a range of religious and non-religious themes in order to promote a caring school ethos. Under regulations in the 1988 Education Act parents may withdraw their children from assemblies and activities relating to Religious Education. If they wish to do so arrangements should be made with the Headteacher. A Class Attendance trophy is presented to one class each week on a Monday and an extra playtime awarded for the highest class attendance. Birthdays are celebrated too on a Monday. Gold Awards are presented in Special Mention Assembly (2 children per class) on a Friday. Parents will be informed and invited to celebrate.

ANNUAL ENRICHMENT EVENTS:

To deepen learning and enable knowledge to be committed to the long term memory the school offers different experiences throughout the year, including; International Day, Black History, Harvest – links to Sheffield Catherdral Archer Project, Broomhill Bonfire, Remembrance (Service at War Memorial in Weston Park) Christmas celebrations, Chinese New Year, Year 2 residential visit to Whirlow Hall Farm, Visit to Seaside (Bridlington) Summer Fairs and Open Garden as part of Broomhill Festival