At Burnham-on-Sea Community Infant School we believe our high standards are due to the rich and broad experiences the children have as they move through the school. Our curriculum is designed with our children’s needs in mind. Many of the children start school with relative weaknesses in spoken communication and understanding and this has become one of the key drivers in the planning and delivery of our curriculum.
Our school aims and values underpin our curriculum.
During their time with us we encourage the children to be:
Whilst designing a curriculum that will ensure our children leave us with secure basic skills in reading, writing and numeracy is of high importance, a broad range of subjects and experiences is vital in order for them to develop a lifelong love of learning and to discover where their talents may lie.
We use a topic based approach to plan our curriculum which is informed by the National Curriculum, and wider local, national and global events. We build on children’s prior learning and provide first hand learning experiences.
We use ‘Sounds-Write’ in order to provide a structured and sequential programme for the teaching of phonics. This is a recent introduction and we are already seeing a positive impact on children’s progress in reading and spelling. Dandelion Readers, Bug Club, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree phonics books support this programme. We provide numerous opportunities for the children to develop their vocabulary, communication skills, and understanding for example, ensuring that children speak in full sentences, explain their reasoning in maths, retell stories, recite poetry and take part in drama productions.
We plan our themes to ensure every aspect is covered, in order to make seamless links between subjects and to make learning meaningful, relevant, interesting and engaging, including visits and trips and a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs.
We highly value Forest School. We have two Forest School areas and the children take part in regular Forest School sessions throughout the year. It allows children to understand and appreciate the natural cycles of the year, to respect nature, work as part of a team, develop their tolerance of each other, learn traditional skills, problem solve and have fun.
Parental engagement is crucial to every child’s success and we strive to involve parents during their child’s learning journey. For example, we hold workshops, invite parents to contribute to topics, hold a face-to-face parents’ evening every term and share learning success through our newsletters and website.
We are proud of the standards that the children achieve across all areas of the curriculum.
We consistently achieve outstanding results in reading, writing and numeracy and our children leave the school at the end of Year 2 with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
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Settling into School
Sorting and Matching
Colour and Rainbows
Winter celebrations including Bonfire
Night and Carnival
Light and Dark
Chinese New Year
Time and growth including
100 Years ago and
Celebrations including Easter
Trip to Court Farm
Three Little Pigs and Builders
Water and the
and sinking, fish, lighthouses, bees and recycling
|Year 1 & 2 Topics|
|Autumn 2020||Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Reach for the Stars||Through the Keyhole||Seaside and Sunshine|
|Autumn 2021||Spring 2022||Summer 2022|
|Castles & Dragons|
Daily Phonics teaching – Sounds-Write
Levelled Reading Materials – Book Banded Dandelion Readers, Oxford Reading Tree / Project X / Bug Club
Talk for Writing approach to the teaching of writing
Guided maths approach to the teaching of numeracy in Year 1
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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