At Diamond Hall Infant Academy we provide a curriculum – our provision and teaching is designed to meet the needs of all of our children, now and in the future.
The curriculum covers the 'fundamental foundations' of:
Literacy – Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
Mathematics - Number, Calculation, Shape, space and Measure.
We place a strong emphasis on teaching children to read, equipping them with this essential skill for life. We are recognised as a Reading Recovery school and ensure all staff become highly skilled in teaching children to read. We base our phonics teaching on the letters and sounds scheme. In regard to reading children progress through nationally book bands.
Language development is the essential element underpinning all practice throughout out the school from the Nursery 2’s onwards. We want the children to have a good command of language and vocabulary to be able to express themselves and articulate their thoughts.
Vocabulary and the meaning of words are specifically taught throughout school.
Through Mathematics children grasp an understanding of number, through application, problem solving and reasoning and use this as a tool for everyday life. We promote enthusiasm and enjoyment for mathematical learning through practical activities, exploration and discussion.
Alongside fundamental foundations, the wider curriculum covers the early steps within Art, Music, Design and Technology, History, Geography and Science.
Key transferable skills which are pivotal for learning are identified e.g. problem solving, asking questions - with opportunities to practice such skills planned throughout the curriculum.
Learning is presented to the children from the starting point of a theme or topic. Careful thought is given to how to 'hook’ the children’s interest at the beginning of a topic to maximise engagement and involvement throughout.
Significant consideration is given to ensure the learning is purposeful. We really consider what our unique infant children need/want to know and adapt as appropriate, whilst maintaining national benchmarks.
Themes and topics wherever possible incorporate ‘real life/ hands on’ experiences so children can explore the content of what they are being taught first hand.
Physical development is crucial to children’s development at a young age so Physical Education is given high priority within our provision. Teaching is based on the approach to movement called Basic Moves. All staff are trained in the essential early stages of physical skills.
Outdoor learning holds equal value as indoor learning. Throughout all areas of learning, outdoor learning opportunities are planned for.
An essential part of our provision is helping each child to develop as an individual, to begin to understand and make relationships, to understand how to be healthy and to be part of their social community. Opportunities are planned to cover all these aspects.
We also teach the children to begin to understand key ideas and festivals within two religions – Christianity and Buddhism alongside developing an awareness of other religious festivals experienced within our school community.
The children also have opportunities to acquire computing knowledge and skills applying these in different contexts.
Through the curriculum here, the children develop a good foundation in the essential skills they need, alongside providing them with creative, connected and memorable opportunities – ‘creative connections’ - to experience a breath of knowledge and to acquire the skills of learning.
The effective Characteristics of Effective Learning - Active Learning, Playing, Exploring, Creating and Thinking critically extend beyond the Early Years Foundation Stage forming part of our philosophy throughout the school for children and staff.
Further information regarding the curriculum is available by arranging an appointment at the school.