Diamond Hall Infant Academy

Curriculum Provision

Curriculum Provision

At Diamond Hall Infant Academy in Year 1 and Year 2 we teach the National Curriculum, comprising the core subjects of Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Computing, along with the Foundation subjects, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.

LEARNING CHALLENGE CURRICULUM

At Diamond Hall Infant Academy we bring teaching alive for the children through a learning challenge curriculum which promotes enquiry based learning alongside a strong foundation in essential skills of Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Working with Numbers.

To engage and motivate the children the curriculum is presented through a Starting Point or Focus of Interest.  The curriculum is planned over the year to cover all Foundation Subjects, in a balanced way.  The “lead subjects” for each half term are shown below. 

Year 1

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2

 

Science

Art

 

 

Science

D&T

Geography

 

Geography Art

 

History

 

History

Science

 

Science

Geography

YEAR 2

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2

 

History

Art

 

Art

Science

Geography

 

History

Art

 

Science

D+T

 

Science

D&T

 

Geography

Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alongside “lead subjects” – Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and PHSE are taught continuously throughout the year. 

We believe strongly in children learning in a “real” way by experiencing concepts and knowledge by having first hand experiences.  Visits and visitors are planned in connecting with Starting Points and the Focus for the term.  The outside environment both within school and externally to school plays an important part in curriculum provision.

READING

At Diamond Hall Infant Academy children are taught to read in groups of no more than 4 children.  Within the group, children will be developing similar skills and working at the same level.  Our books are banded or levelled and the children progress through the levels as their reading develops.  Each reading session will begin with the child reading the book they had the previous week as we believe this gives them a chance to practice their reading skills in order to help them when they begin to read the new book.  In School we call this their “familiar book”.  As your child reads their familiar book, the practitioner will give praise for skills used well in the reading and prompts them with a skill or strategy to build on.  The practitioner will then “walkthrough” the new book to be read, talking about any “tricky parts” like unfamiliar words or phrases.  Following the walkthrough the children will then read the book and again the practitioner will offer praise and support.  Your child will keep this newly introduced book for a week.  As well as reading this book independently at School each day, it will also come home in her/her book bag. 

Our reading motto is “Everybody Every Night” and we expect your child to read each night.  This will give your child lots of opportunities to re-read the book.  In School we often say “the more you read, the better you get”.  Reading this book several times in the week will enable your child to read more smoothly and fluently.

There are several interventions running in school to support children who require additional teaching to progress in reading skills.  These are known as Reading Recovery, Fisher Family Trust and Better Reading Partnership.  Reading Recovery is a highly effective intensive programme carried out by a trained teacher. 

PHONICS

Phonics is taught daily in school through a twenty minute session.  Phonics teaching is based upon the structure and sequence of teaching, outlined in the document “Letters and Sounds” (see below for different phases).  Children in Nursery are taught the essential skills of “tuning in” and differentiating between sounds, progressing as appropriate to hearing and recognising sounds in words.

Phase

Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Children are taught about the religions of the world. They are also taught to understand and respect that people in the world have different beliefs.  We follow the agreed syllabus for Sunderland schools in the teaching of RE.  Teaching is focussed on learning about Christianity and Buddhism.  Major festivals involving the children are also recognised and valued.

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

Reception and Nursery children are taught in accordance with the principles and practices outlined within the Early Years Foundation Curriculum.

Activities are based on 7 areas of learning which are 

Area of Learning and Development

Aspect

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

Moving and handling

Health and self-care

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

Understanding

Speaking

Specific Areas

Literacy

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Numbers

Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

People and communities

The world

Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative

 

There is a balance within the day of directed times of children.  This includes Literacy (Reading and Writing), Number sessions and Phonics sessions.  In addition during the week children will also take part in PE sessions religious education and nurture sessions.

About Us

Diamond Hall Infant Academy is a lively, welcoming, stimulating place where everyone can come to learn, adults and children alike.

Year groups

There are four year groups in school -
Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
Nursery can accomodate up to 61 children attending for 15 hours per week.

Parents

Diamond Hall Infant Academy welcomes all our parents and carers to join their children in their early learning journey.

CONTACT US

Please follow the link below to get in touch with us: Contact Diamond Hall Infant Academy

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