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.
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:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- 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
English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art,
Physical Education, Music, R.E.
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.
Lessons always include a time for developing mental strategies and investigative skills. They are planned to teach a mathematical skill and then apply the skill to a real life problem or challenge. We have one math’s lesson per week outside in the garden or playground. Each class has a book of collective outdoor maths activities.
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.
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.