Infants Curriculum 2021-2022
Our Curriculum Intent
Our intent is for all our pupils to be THRIVING throughout their time at Malorees and to design a curriculum to maximise this.
At Malorees THRIVING stands for:
Health & Happiness,
Growth & Challenge
We aim to lay strong foundations to enable our pupils to continue to thrive during their next stage of education and into adulthood.
At Malorees Infant School, the curriculum provides ambitious learning opportunities to promote the achievement of all pupils in all curriculum areas. Our ethos THRIVING promotes and nurtures the social, emotional, and spiritual well-being for all pupils.
Our thematic approach to the delivery of our curriculum, ensures that learning is developed from purposeful starting points, which build on prior learning enabling our pupils to make meaningful connections. Our curriculum reflects the contexts, values, and needs of our school community where our pupils are exposed to enriching and cultural capital experiences, immersing them in concrete learning opportunities which equipped with a breadth of knowledge and skills which enables them to be lifelong learners.
Reading and phonics is at the heart of our curriculum which is supported by language and print rich learning environments. At every opportunity, our pupils are encouraged to articulate what they have learnt in a knowledgeable and coherent manner. Developing our pupils reading and vocabulary, right from the outset, we believe is the gateway to our pupils’ THRIVING’ and becoming global citizen.
At Malorees we expect all our children to succeed! Our curriculum relies upon working in partnership with all stakeholders. We aim to create a curriculum that’s exciting, meaningful and one which will equip our children with a breadth of knowledge and skills to prepare them for the next stages of the curriculum and their life.
We will do this by:
- Supporting, guiding, and inspiring our children through excellent teaching practices.
- Appreciating the uniqueness of each child and recognising their potential.
- Working with our families to create an inspirational school community in which everyone is valued, and successes are celebrated.
- Engaging in the local community and seeking out organizations and facilities that offer opportunities to expand our children’s horizons and goes beyond a normal school’s scope.
- Creating caring, confident, and curious children who dream big, who are motivated to achieve academic success.
- Developing a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
- Reviewing our curriculum regularly and making purposeful changes that reflect our children, the community and current topics highlighted in the current climate.
- Encouraging our children to be ambitious.
- Teaching basic skills, knowledge, concepts, and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school and which enables our students to make strong contributions to the common good of society.
- Delivering high quality education, recognising individual needs, and reflecting the school's vision and values.
- Encouraging our students to navigate their learning pathway through positive relationships and guidance in a safe and inclusive environment.
- Engage learners through authentic, meaningful, and deep learning tasks.
- Ensuring that all teachers and leaders are ready to continue and adapt learning as our children's needs evolve.
- Being committed to teaching and learning in a collaborative learning environment that improves learning outcomes for all.
- Ensuring that our pupils are competent, life-long learners and have high aspirations for themselves.
Impact of our curriculum
As part of our learning journey, we constantly review our curriculum through rigorous monitoring systems which are in place, these are scheduled throughout the academic year and help us to measure the level of impact our carefully crafted curriculum is having. Our monitoring process, supported by the senior leadership team, phase leaders and subject leaders focuses on the following areas:
- Pupil progress meeting (PITA- Point in Time Assessment)
- Deep Dives
- Pupil voice
- End of KS1 SATs/Teacher Assessment.
- Phonics Screening Check
- Target settting
- Book scrutiny’s and moderations
- Learning walk
The impact of our in-house assessment feeds into our school’s ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our developing curriculum and shared outcomes. This approach helps to drives next step planning and supports our school to achieve outcomes that are in line or better when compared against schools nationally.
We believe the real impact of our curriculum comes through how effectively our pupils develop into well rounded individuals and embody and express our school values of THRIVING, and the British Values of Democracy, Individual Liberty, Rule of the Law, Mutual Respect and Tolerance. We want our children to be instilled with these values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens.
Our Principles of Learning
At Malorees Infant School we believe our curriculum principles will give our pupils the best possible chance of becoming well-rounded members of society, happy individuals, who are active participants in the community, and will prepare them for next steps in education and future job prospects.
Our Principles of intent for our curriculum:
- Will promote the cultural capital of all pupils, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds; through providing an understanding of the wider world and offering pupil’s first-hand, real-life experiences.
- Will instil reciprocity and cooperation in pupils to build positive relationships and confidently present their views and ideas in discussions, problems solving activities and challenging situations.
- Will promote active listening and learning through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities, topics, and environments.
- Will create independent learners and encourage pupils to set high aspirations for themselves.
- Will promote positive behaviour that enables all students to learn and make progress.
- Will instil the British values of democracy, liberty, respect and tolerance.
- Will have literacy at its heart whatever subject specialism is being taught.