Fair Oak Infant School Curriculum
Within Year R our pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is broken down into the following areas: Communication and Language Development, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy Development, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Express Arts and Design.
In Key Stage One pupils follow the National Curriculum which is broken into subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, PE, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, PSHE and Music. The school also uses Hampshire's locally agreed syllabus for RE. These subjects are often taught through exciting topics to stimulate the children's interests and desire to learn.
Throughout the school teachers are continually assessing each child's progress to ensure that they are able to make the best possible progress and also to quickly identify any problems or difficulties which may create a barrier to a child's learning. There are also more formal assessments carried out in both Year 1 and Year 2.
At Fair Oak Infant School, we follow Ruth Miskin's ReadWriteInc. Phonics programme which is one of the government's approved systematic synthetic phonics schemes. This programme supports children's phonemic awareness whilst also developing their reading. The reading books that children read within school and at home are part of the ReadWriteInc. scheme. These match the decoding needs of each child, depending on the stage at which they are within their phonics journey. Once children have progressed beyond ReadWriteInc, they move onto reading a selection of books from different publishers and authors which match their reading needs, identified by the Reading Leader. The focus at this point develops from a phonetic, word reading focus to a reading comprehension and fluency focus.
Our Topic Map
All About Me!
Where I Live
The Great Outdoors
Once Upon a Time
Around the World
Blast from the Past
Heroes - Ambulance Service
Near & Far
Voyage to the Moon
Food Glorious Food
Changes to the topics and the curriculum may take place over the year.
At Fair Oak we recognise that language is fundamental to all learning. We believe in the importance of a whole language approach to the teaching of English so that each child will become an enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable member of our literacy society.
Our aim is to instil a love of Mathematics in our children in order for them to become confident learners who are able to tackle the use of numbers use in everyday life.
We believe that Maths learning should be fun and engaging, and that it is underpinned by our values, particularly those of creativity, reflectiveness, collaboration and perseverance. It is vital that the children learn in a practical way using real objects and pictures.
We aim to provide children with a range of experience and endeavour to develop a questioning attitude to the awe and wonder of the world around us.
We believe an open minded approach to experiments enable children to confirm or challenge their understanding. These experiments will range initially from free exploration with appropriate teacher intervention to more structured experiments which lead to higher order thinking.