Our curriculum

Every day brings an opportunity to learn or experience something new. We monitor our curriculum to ensure that opportunities brought by new technologies, methodology, visitors and the wider community are embraced. We provide many extra-curricular clubs and activities. We recognise that learning continues and often improves outside of the classroom. We search for every opportunity to make learning as stimulating as possible.

We pride ourselves on our skills based broad and balanced curriculum.  Each subject has long term plans that give a general overview of the work that your child will be covering over the year.   These follow the National Curriulum and allow for teachers to plan and deliver lessons that vary according to the individual children and levels of learning and understanding that they have from year to year.

Download the Foundation Stage Curriculum overview here.

Download the Year 1 Curriculum overview here.

Download the Year 2 Curriculum overview here.

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Our partnership with parents

The ‘Year Groups’ section will give you a more detailed account of what work is being taught during any individual term. However, if you have any queries or concerns about the work that your child is doing, please make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher.

We pride ourselves on the successful partnership that we build with parents and value the importance of our home/school links.

During the school year we provide opportunities for parents to come in to school to support their child's learning.  We also provide information sessions to give parents information about how they can support their child's learning at home.

Curriculum organisation

Children have a daily literacy and maths lesson planned by the teachers in line with government guidelines.  We also have a daily phonics session and all classes follow the LCP scheme of work for phonics.  Children read in class on a daily basis either as part of a guided reading session or reading independently.

Science teaching follows the requirements of the National Curriculum with children covering a wide range of areas and skills during their time at our school.

We have a topic approach to History and Geography using our community and local environment to their best advantage.  We aim to ensure that children are aware of their place and purpose in society and in today's changing world. 

Our music teaching encourages children to listen to, enjoy and appreciate music through singing, responding to different kinds of music, playing instruments, creative music, movement and dance.

Technology is related to generating ideas and developing children's skills in designing, planning, making and evaluating.  We aim to promote the understanding of the properties of materials and structures in practical, problem solving contexts.

Opportunities to experiment with materials and techniques in all areas of art are given to children to stimulate their creative abilities.

School teams

Thomas Russell Infants' School has a tradition of School Teams (Owls, Penguins, Robins and Swans) and children become a member of one of those teams when they enter school. They learn a sense of loyalty and pride and an importance of belonging. 

It helps in the process of building respect for, and responsibility towards others. Children can earn points for their team: these are awarded at the discretion of all staff. Each week the points are totalled and in Assembly the Team of the Week is congratulated and a running total is kept. At the end of each term members of the overall winning team receive a special sticker.

Parents' consultation evenings

To keep you informed of your child’s progress and development we hold a parents’ consultation every term. This is a 15-minute appointment with the class teacher in private to discuss your child’s progress and targets for development.

Please remember that you can arrange to see a teacher or one of the headteachers at any time should you have a concern over any issue relating to your child.

Celebrating achievements

We are always keen to celebrate achievements with the children. Children are sent to the Headteacher for acknowledgement of exceptionally good or considerate behaviour, for improved effort in performance or particularly high standards of work. The child’s name is written in The Good Work Book. The child receives a sticky reward badge and places a smiley face against his/her name on a chart. On achieving five smiley faces he/she is awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

Once a week in Assembly the names are read out and the whole school celebrates the achievements where certificates are awarded. Out-of-school achievements are also acknowledged – pupils are able to show these in the assembly.

Class teachers choose a ‘worker of the week’ from each class and parents are invited in to this assembly to enjoy being a part of the celebration of their child’s achievements.

Extra curricular activities

At Thomas Russell Infants' School we provide our Year 2 children with the opportunity to take part in extra curricular activities.  All of our clubs are fun and educational at the same time.  Clubs either run during lunchtime or after school in which case they start at 3.15pm and finish at 4.00pm.   We ask parents collecting children from the clubs to wait just inside the school gates, opposite main reception, where the children will be brought out to meet you by the teachers.

Once clubs have started, children are expected to show commitment by attending every week.    Year 2 classes will bring home information about the clubs that are going to run at the start of the year and a slip to return to school to indicate which clubs the children would like to take part in.  When the lists have been finalised parents will be sent a letter informing them of which clubs their child has been accepted for, and in which terms (in the case of over subscribed clubs).

We also offer clubs run by outside providers in order to broaden the amount of activities that we can provide. These can change on a termly basis and details will be sent out periodically in the children’s book bags.

Other experiences

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Country dancing

We are always very proud of our Country Dancers who perform some simple English country dances, including traditional Maypole and Morris dances.  Thomas Russell Country Dancers and Mini Morris Men never fail to impress and delight audiences at events.

 

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Visitors

We are very lucky to be able to invite people into school to enhance the childrens' learning.  Poets, musicians, artists, nurses, road safety officers, dancers and many more visit each year, we value the expertise of them all.

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Visits

All children visit places away from school to complement and supplement the work done in class. All visits are linked to year group topics and may be at the beginning of a term, or it may be at the end to see for themselves what they have been learning about.

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Family learning

All children take part in Family Workshops each year. This is when we invite a family member to join the children for a lesson in the hall. It is always lots of fun, with many hands on activities which the adults enjoy just as much as the children.