The aim at Hamstead Infant School is to provide children with an ambitious, coherent curriculum allowing children to develop their confidence and independence regardless of their independent needs. We provide a broad and engaging curriculum based on the EYFS Development Matters and National Curriculum allowing children to extend their knowledge of physical development.
We aim to provide children with the fundamental skills needed to access a variety of sports and activities and to develop their social skills through competition and team games. The health, fitness and wellbeing of all our children is at the forefront of our curriculum and we aim to inspire and motivate our children to create happier and healthier lifestyles which they will continue into the future.
Our Curriculum Drivers are used to personalise the curriculum to meet the needs of the children within the school with the aim to provide challenge for all:
Language – The children will be able to communicate confidently within their P.E. lessons, by using a range of subject specific vocabulary in the correct contexts. The children will be able to communicate their thoughts and ideas when working together and will begin to adapt their language based on the activities being taught.
Independence – The children will take part in active and engaging P.E. lessons. Lessons will promote independence by helping to improve the children’s confidence and well-being as well as helping to create happy and healthy children.
Outdoor – The children will have the opportunity to experience their learning through outdoor opportunities and sports. Where appropriate, lessons will be delivered outdoors through the use of the playground and sports field. Forest school will also be delivered as appropriate though each year group in school.
In KS1, Physical Education is taught once a week by a qualified P.E. coach to ensure expertise in this subject
In KS1, children have the opportunity to attend a course of swimming lessons
Forest school is taught to all children across the academic year
In EYFS, children are taught a skill weekly by their class teacher as well as having access to a high quality PD experiences during every day in school through lessons and continuous provision both indoors and outdoors
Curriculum maps are spiral in form to ensure repetition in order to embed learning over time and develop sustained mastery for all pupils. This happens over time and requires regular retrieval.
Our practice is to provide opportunities to practise, retrieve, embed, master, revisit and extend through a range of individual and group activities.
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of EYFS the vast majority of pupils have achieved a good level of development; some pupils will have gained a deeper understanding.
In key stage 1, the vast majority of pupils have sustained mastery of the content; some pupils will have a greater depth of understanding.
We track pupils’ attainment regularly and carefully to ensure pupils are on track to achieve age related expectations.