‘Teachers who love to teach… children who love to learn’
At West Byfleet Infant school, we pride ourselves on having a broad and balanced curriculum, providing individualised teaching for all.
Developing the whole child is at the heart of our school ethos, values and learning. We use a ‘Values Based Approach’ to build character, resilience and responsibility, preparing children for their life’s journey. Achieving and maintaining a positive mental health and well-being for all, is central to our school.
We make learning FUN by delivering a creative, innovative and challenging curriculum enhanced by our stimulating learning environment. In our school, we believe that providing opportunities to challenge and stretch all children at an appropriate level ensures that they achieve their best. We work closely with parents/carers, with an open door philosophy to allow the children to flourish fully.
We have created a positive climate whereby children are confident and intrinsically motivated to learn, take risks and challenge themselves.
Staff, in collaboration with the governors, coherently plan our curriculum. We cover not only the statutory requirements provided by the National Curriculum and EYFS framework but also ensure that the children’s personal education is developed. The National Curriculum allows for continuity, depth and breadth, whilst our culture of developing the whole child allows the children to be the best they can be. Through our teaching, we aim for sustained mastery across all areas of the curriculum. We achieve this by layering our teaching of the core skills, which allow children to be fluent in applying their knowledge, understanding and application of learning across the curriculum.
To engage the children, capture their imagination and create ‘awe and wonder’ we introduce our progressively planned enquiry questions with a ‘Stunning Start’ and conclude with a ‘Fantastic Finish’. We provide many practical hands on experiences, as well as dramatisations, dress up days and workshops from outside professionals. We invite parents and other adults who have expertise in specific areas of learning into our school. Wherever possible and only when it is effective, we create cross-curricular links, to ensure that children gain a broad understanding of the learning.
We aim to foster a love of books for all children, so that they become readers for life. We use a range of different phonic readers and comprehension texts to develop children's skills - these include inference, prediction, retelling and invention. These books link directly to the Letters and Sounds (DofE approved) and are banded by phased levels of difficulty - once children have achieved the Phase development skills they will move onto the colour banded system. This ensures children have the experience of reading books of different genres and styles. It is our aim to ensure that reading books are closely matched to a child's current level of development within Phonics.
At West Byfleet Infant School we follow the DofE approved Letters and Sounds programme to ensure that the teaching and learning of Phonics is progressive from Reception to Year 2. We do this by using Read, Write Inc to teach the discrete sounds, and to ensure that the children learn how to write the individual letters in the correct formation. We recognise that spelling pattern rules also need to be taught to help children with some of the more complicated words. The teaching of Phonics is organised into groups depending on children's prior knowledge and progress through letters and sounds across year group when appropriate for specific cohorts.
At West Byfleet Infant School, we believe that Mathematics and developing fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills are key to the children's mathematical development. Through the Maths curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become lifelong learners. Primarily, we want all children to engage with and enjoy our Maths curriculum, no matter their age or stage and to develop and flourish during lessons. We aim to challenge all children in every lesson, and ensure that they start at their own starting point. This is fundamental to their learning journey and here at West Byfleet Infants we focus on every child as an individual.