Subjects

English

We aim to provide opportunities for learning that develop the children's ability to become effective communicators through skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing and phonicsThe teaching of Literacy is linked, as often as possible, to other subjects in the curriculum.  Drama plays an important part in Literacy lessons, with the emphasis upon children being active learners.

Mathematics

Maths at Grange Lane is taught using the SDI (Same Day Intervention) model. SDI Maths focuses on developing children’s fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills to enable the children to have a mastery of maths.

The Same Day Intervention (SDI) model follows a specific structure of ‘My Turn, Your Turn’ teaching, followed by a diagnostic challenge grid where the children will be working on answering age related questions that will be marked by the teacher. After a short break, the children will return to class to work on tasks that have been tailored to their own personal understanding of the lesson. Bronze task will work with the support of a teacher or TA, Silver task will be working at ARE (age related expectations) and Gold/Platinum tasks will be set activities to challenge and deepen the children’s understanding.

The SDI session across KS1

10:40 – 11:00 My Turn, Your Turn teaching

11:00 – 11:10 Challenge grid / diagnostic task

11:10 – 11:25 Assembly

11:25 – 11:45 Bronze, Silver, Gold activities

There are also cross-curricular opportunities to develop Mathematical understanding particularly in terms of teaching Shape Space and Measures

Science

Children are engaged and excited about science through our termly topics. We also hold an annual Science Week, which incorporates many fun and unusual experiments. The emphasis at Grange Lane Infant Academy is on practical science, with lots of opportunity for hands on investigations. Through science we want the children to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them.

Health and Well Being

Health and Well-Being is at the heart of everything we do in school. It is important for children to be physically, socially, emotionally and mentally ready to learn. Within Physical Education (PE) the children access 2 hours per week through teacher led sessions, Mini-Kicks and outdoor play. They learn how to perform the various skills, including those in dance, gymnastics, athletics and games. In addition, all children in fulltime school access the daily mile. For children needing support with their physical development “Motoron” provides specialist support on a daily basis for fine and gross motor skills. Within Personal, Social and Emotional Education (PSE) the children learn how to deal with their emotions and how to interact with others as well as learning about our Golden Rules. This is both woven in the curriculum and taught explicitly by using the Jigsaw programme. Other aspects of Health and Well-Being include healthy eating, self-care and independence, safety and mental health. 

History

We aim to develop the children’s existing knowledge of the past and inspire them to interpret, question and debate key historical events.  In addition, they will be introduced to the achievements of some of the most significant people in the past and what impact this has had on life today. The children will be encouraged to understand the process of change and what influence such changes have had on the UK and over time. The study of history should inspire the children to identify similarities and differences between their own lives, families and local environment to those in the past. The study of History is explored across our curriculum and can be recorded within the children’s cross-curricular writing and maths, art, design technology and drama.

Geography

Through the study of Geography, we intend to ripen the children’s interest in their surroundings looking specifically at the diversity of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface. We aim to equip the pupils with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people and places across the globe and enable them to make interpretations about their own families, culture and immediate environment to those across the world. The children will also have the opportunity to study different types of weather, landscapes and begin to locate different areas using maps. We also aim to help children to begin to develop an informed sense of responsibility about the quality of their immediate environment.

ICT

At Grange Lane all children have access to ICT to enhance their work across all areas of the curriculum and to cover the skills in the ICT curriculum. Each classroom has an interactive interactive smartboard and a class set of ipads are available for children to use in the classroom. Children are also encouraged to access ICT resources from home. Safety is extremely important whilst using these technologies therefore we teach children the fundamentals of keeping safe when using the internet.

Art

Art gives children the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination by exploring a range of materials and processes.  Art is an integral part of the school curriculum and often links to class topics.

Children are taught a range of skills and techniques in drawing, painting and sculpture, and they use what they have learnt to share their experiences and ideas. They explore colour, pattern, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

Art gives children the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination by exploring a range of materials and processes.  Art is an integral part of the school curriculum and often links to class topics.

Children are taught a range of skills and techniques in drawing, painting and sculpture, and they use what they have learnt to share their experiences and ideas. They explore colour, pattern, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions. They find out about the work of different artists and designers and talk about their own and others’ work.

Every half term parents are invited into school to ‘Stay and make’ sessions and they work with their child on an art task.

Music

From an early age, children experience music in various forms; for example – nursery rhymes, background music, songs and games. We aim, in school, to nurture and build on these experiences in order to develop an understanding and enjoyment of music.

Children are given opportunities to sing, play a variety of simple percussion instruments, explore sounds, compose, perform and listen to music from a range of times and cultures. Charanga is also used by staff as an online support to deliver the music curriculum

All the children take part in singing for the wider community at various events.

Religious Education

At Grange Lane Infant Academy we teach Religious Education using the Discovery RE scheme. Through the enquiry based approach children not only learn knowledge but crucially develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs impact on daily lives.

Teachers will plan and deliver challenging Religious Education that helps children develop into empathetic, confident students who can discuss, debate, ask questions and seek answers in a compassionate way. We encourage leaders from different religions to visit our academy and work with children on a regular basis. Children are also given the opportunities to visit different places of worship to enhance their own learning and understanding of the world around them. 

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the teaching of Religious Education. If this is the case then they are asked to contact the Principal

Design Technology

Within Design and Technology, children are taught to design purposeful and functional products for themselves and others with relevance to their topic. They will be encouraged to select from a range of tools and resources to perform practical tasks and have opportunity to present their ideas through talking, modelling and drawing. We aim to build on the children’s technical knowledge and use of I.C.T equipment and evaluate their ideas against criteria. The children will have opportunity to share and develop their design knowledge during Stay and Make sessions. Throughout Foundation and Key Stage 1, all children will be reminded to consider the health and safety aspects of food technology.

Sex Education

This is included as part of Science and Health Education topics in school and in Jigsaw. It is introduced informally where it is felt there is a natural link with other parts of the curriculum. Any questions that may be asked by the children are answered in an honest and sensitive wat appropriate to the age of the child. The school nursing team also deliver the “Pants rule” to all Y1 pupils”.A copy of the school’s Sex and Relationships policy is available on request from the Principal. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any session. If this is the case then they are asked to contact the Principal.