At Horley Infant School we possess a strong belief in the benefits and pleasure of lifelong learning. We provide a creative, stimulating and balanced curriculum, where children are able to question, investigate and take ownership of their learning.
Our teachers possess good subject knowledge and a good understanding of child development. Hence, a variety of teaching styles and resources are utilised, children are supported and challenged as they work in a range of well organised situations and environments.
These factors together with regular evaluations of the impact and delivery of the curriculum, regular monitoring and assessment of children’s progress, ensure the curriculum meets each child’s needs.
Children’s learning is significantly enhanced and improved if well supported at home. We involve parents in their child’s learning by setting weekly homework, holding parent meetings and consultations and innovative workshops that help parents to understand how their children learn in school. Equally the development of the link between home and school ensures we can support children both academically and pastorally in an inclusive environment.
The teaching and learning of phonics at Horley Infant School:
We have always placed a strong emphasis on the significance of phonic knowledge for the teaching and learning of both reading and writing. Phonics teaching begins in Reception and continues throughout school in daily sessions. In reception, the children follow the sequence and structure of lessons within the Letters and Sounds scheme but use Jolly Phonics as a vehicle for the content. Within Key Stage One, the children continue to follow an adapted structure of Letters and Sounds that has been combined with the requirements of the New National Curriculum in 2014 (English Appendix 1 & 2).
The children are taught in whole class settings with smaller group support supplementing this if/when required. We use a range of resources including phonic cards, games, classroom displays, Espresso, Bug Club and phonically decodable reading books to support learning. Parents are encouraged to support children’s learning of phonics by following a Sound Book which starts in Reception and to join us in 'Fun With Phonics' sessions.
Reading schemes and the teaching of reading:
One of the aims stated in our English Policy is for children to develop a love of reading and appreciation of literature for both enjoyment and information. We recognise that reading skills develop over time and we acknowledge that these begin with a good phonic knowledge. However, our belief is that children need to be encouraged to use a range of strategies to decode texts which build upon their good phonic knowledge: pictorial clues, to read on, read back and to use semantic clues. We encourage understanding, interpreting, engaging with and responding to texts, by using a wide range of reading matter and opportunities for children to select materials independently from both fiction and non-fiction, books, comics, newspapers. As a result we do not follow one reading scheme in our teaching and learning of reading but use a range of texts.
We are continually developing our reading schemes and resources in school, including a good range of ‘big’ books’, story sacks, CDs, Guided Reading texts. Many resources are purchased by the Friends’ fund raising. Children are also encouraged to take books home from the school library. Our current stock includes, but is not limited to:
Children are expected to read at home daily and for the parent/carer to record comments in the home-school-link book. We encourage a broad and balanced 'reading diet' including the use of e-books through our Bug Club subscription.
We welcome volunteers into school to hear and read with children. Volunteers say they enjoy coming into school regularly.
We use lots of different resources and strategies to help teach Mathematics in school. If you would like to know a little more about the strategies we use, please take a look at our Calculations Policy below. If your child is in Reception, there is also a booklet called "Mathematics in the Early Years" which may be useful. As we update our website, we will be including some 'how to' guides demonstrating how to use some of these strategies. In the meantime, you may find the videos on this website useful as they are very similar (although not identical) to the strategies and language we use in school: http://www.myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk/parents-2/ks1-maths-videos-for-parents/
If you would like any more information about our curriculum, please take a look through our curriculum policies below. If you would like to find out more about the curriculum on offer at Horley Infant School, please speak to the relevant subject leader identified in the 'Staff Organisation Chart' located in our 'About Us > Who's Who' section of the website. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch with the Headteacher, Jason Walters, who leads the monitoring of Teaching & Learning within school.