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John Ray Infant School

John RayInfant School

Curriculum Ethos

The Curriculum at John Ray Infants.

Curriculum Intent

In September 2017, we re-designed our curriculum to reflect the needs of the children at our school. We thought long and hard about the skills our children needed to learn and then, with input from the staff and children, we re-worked our themes to reflect the areas we had identified the children needed to work on the most. 

Curriculum Overview

Each topic builds upon skills previously taught and uses the local environment to enhance what is being taught within the classroom.

Subject and Year Group leads have developed their planning to ensure that the children are taught the basic skills they will need to become successful learners. This is modelled through our Learning Spoons which visually demonstrate these skills to the children and are as follows:

* The Concentrating Cat

* The Co-operating Caterpillar

* The Reflective Owl

* The Persevering Pig

* The Resilient Rabbit.

It is our intention to provide every child with the basic skills which will ignite their enthusiasm for lifelong learning and prepare them for a future where there is no ceiling placed on their potential to be successful.

At the start of the 2018/19 academic year, an evaluation of the curriculum was made to ensure continued breadth and balance regardless of the needs of the individual child.  

Click on the link to open our Curriculum action plan for the coming academic year.

Curriculum Action Plan

In addition to the day to day teaching which takes place, we pride ourselves on supporting our formal curriculum with a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for the children in Key Stage One. These opportunities extend their knowledge and understanding and improve their skills in a range of artistic, creative and sporting activities. Examples of the extra-curricular activities on offer this year include Gardening, Art, Gymnastics, Dodgeball and Creative clubs.

We will continue to monitor the impact of our curriculum each term through regular reviews of what we have taught. This will be done through discussions with our children, in Staff Meetings and through our Parent Council.