Find information about our curriculum below. Further information can be found within the School Handbook and the Year Pages.
Imaginative Learning Projects
This year we have introduced the Cornerstones Curriculum into Year 1 and Year 2. This is a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge, comprising of themed projects mapped to the national curriculum. Each theme will last for approximately half a term and will support all aspects of the curriculum except for reading which is taught through the Read, Write, Inc Programme and Maths which is taught through the Abacus Maths Scheme although links to both these areas are built into the curriculum.
In year 1 the themes for the autumn term are:
- The Enchanted Woodland
- Memory Box
In year 2 the themes are:
- Muck, Mess & Mixtures
- Street Detective
Themes are selected to maximise curriculum coverage across the year.
In our Nursery and Reception classes we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. A topic based approach to learning is used in Reception with topics being planned around children’s interests and developmental needs. Throughout Nursery and Willow a ‘teaching in the moment’ approach is followed. Adults create an enabling environment that is equipped to meet the needs, interests and stages of development of each child. Adults move to where the children are engaged and interact with them as they play, making the most of children’s natural desire to explore and learn to enhance the learning whenever a “teachable moment” is spotted. Practitioner observations, interactions and the outcomes of these moments are recorded and contribute to the child’s ‘Special Book’ which is a detailed profile of the child’s developmental learning journey. This approach supports children to develop as purposeful, calm, confident and independent learners.
At Chapel End Infants we use the Read, Write Inc programme (RWI) to teach reading. This is a phonics based programme that has been used successfully in many schools and features in the Government report ‘Reading by Six’. The programme was introduced into school in September 2011 and we have seen significant improvements in children’s reading attainment since its introduction. It helps children enormously if they can practise their reading at home as well as in school. Parent workshops are offered to give parents an opportunity to see how the programme works and to give ideas on working with children at home. There is a parent letter and a phonic sounds Powerpoint below this article that I hope you will find helpful in understanding how the programme works and how to support your child at home.
RWI Parent Letter
This letter has been written by Ruth Miskin and gives some key information about the RWI programme.
RWI phonic sounds
This PowerPoint slide show will help you if you want to practise the sounds with your child at home.
This video demonstrates the correct way to say the sounds.