The curriculum at Black Horse Hill Infant School is broad and balanced across a full range of subjects and is designed to be ambitious for all pupils including the most disadvantaged and SEND pupils. It equips pupils with the knowledge, skills, understanding and cultural capital they need to be successful both within school and beyond.
Our curriculum has evolved over time and is rooted in our locality and the context of our school. We are committed to providing a first class education for our pupils and we continue to make changes if they are needed. We promote a growth mindset culture and develop resilient learners to cope with the increasing demands of the curriculum and society in general.
We believe best infant practice includes a blend of effective subject links and rigorous, discrete subject teaching– both approaches are needed for effective learning. Our teachers know their pupils well, pinpointing contexts that groups of children and individuals find motivating, giving their learning a sense of purpose and direction. We value the development of an enhanced pedagogy that our skilful teachers adopt for the explicit purposes of enhancing teaching and learning.
Our curriculum builds on prior knowledge and skills through regular review of content and sequencing. This is reviewed and monitored based on cohort needs and any external advice. Long term curriculum mapping is rigorously linked to medium term curriculum planning. Specific vocabulary and knowledge is evidenced in planning, in books and pupil voice. Consequently, pupils demonstrate cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills to prepare them for their next learning opportunities, year group and key stage.
Our curriculum is successfully adapted to suit the needs of all of our pupils including making it accessible to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in compliance with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
The curriculum is divided into two stages:
• The Foundation Stage - delivered in Nursery and Reception (3yrs–5yrs)
• Key Stage 1 - delivered in Year 1 and 2 (5yrs – 7yrs)