How is our School Organised?
The school is organised into three teaching classes: one Reception class (Dolphins), one Year 1 class (Penguins) and one Year 2 class (Puffins).
All the teachers plan and work together closely to ensure progression and continuity. Teaching groups are flexible and designed to respond to the needs of the children as they change, mature and develop. A broad range of teaching styles is deployed within each class and work is carefully matched to the differing ages and abilities. Strategies for whole class, group and individual teaching are used depending on the nature and purpose of the activity.
Each class is supported by enthusiastic and effective Teaching Assistants and parents also help regularly in all classes.
How and what do we teach?
We teach the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception and the National Curriculum in KS1. There are currently five core subjects in the National Curriculum; English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education. We also teach Design and Technology, Computing, Geography, History, Art, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. Please see links below.
Reception children begin with a curriculum-based on the EYFS Learning Goals. They are then gradually introduced to the National Curriculum through a carefully structured programme. Learning through play is encouraged throughout the school. We want children to enjoy their learning and therefore use interesting topics and stimulus.
At Witley C of E Infant School the main curriculum is organised into topics for each area. Some teaching is subject-based and some is cross-curricular. The emphasis is placed on learning rather than just knowing. There is a focus on developing self-directed learning, key skills, key capabilities and personal development, all of which are interwoven across the curriculum. All teaching is carefully planned to ensure progression. The teachers know the children really well and ensure they progress across the curriculum, regardless of their ability.
Class teachers send termly newsletters to help parents know what is currently being taught and how they may offer support at home. Children are regularly assessed and parents are informed of their child’s progress through consultation meetings each term, with a full written report in July. Staff may also contact you at other times if they have any concerns. We cannot emphasise enough that we consider our relationship with you to be one of partnership and we always encourage and welcome your involvement.
We also operate an ‘open-house’ session each half term on a Friday where the classrooms are open from 2.30-4pm. During this time you may look at the displays and your child can show you what they have been learning in class. You may also wish to talk to their teacher informally.
The curriculum is enriched by a good range of activities outside lessons. We frequently draw on the local environment as a rich resource and make use of theatre groups, musicians, etc. We also take part in the annual Infant Singing Day which is part of the Godalming Music Festival. We want children to be enthusiastic about their learning and therefore enhance our curriculum by making lessons memorable and fun. During the year children participate in trips and visits and enjoy ‘Wow Weeks’ such as Dinosaur week and Science week.
Detailed Subject Information
Please click on the panels below to find out more about the individual subjects:
The English curriculum is made up of three main areas:
- Speaking and Listening
- Reading and Phonics
We aim to help children develop an ability to use and understand language effectively. We use the PM benchmarking/colour-banding scheme for reading and aim to foster an early love of books. We balance individual reading with group reading and also develop comprehension in our daily literacy skills sessions. Each class has a weekly visit to our well resourced library. Phonics is taught daily in phase groups using the Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics schemes. Cursive handwriting, punctuation and grammar are taught as basic skills alongside purposeful activities to develop writing. Exciting stimulus help children to be enthused about writing. Children are also encouraged to become articulate, confident speakers and attentive listeners. Drama, ICT and visual books are also used to enhance the curriculum.
Children participate in a range of drama activities and we often invite theatre groups and other performers, such as storytellers into the school. We also hold an annual Book Fair and dress up for book day.
Our mathematics curriculum aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical operations. We place great emphasis on the development of mental and practical calculation strategies. Children are taught through a carefully structured programme, which is supported by a wide range of resources, including ICT. By the end of their time at Witley C of E Infant School they will have acquired the basic skills and concepts for number, shape and space, measurement and handling data.
Science teaching is based on first-hand experiences. Children are encouraged to develop the skills of scientific enquiry and to build on their existing knowledge through sequences of planned activities, which encourage them to observe, question, predict and carry out investigations. The school grounds, outdoor classroom and local environment are all used to enhance science teaching, alongside related school trips and visits to school.
Our Science topics cover the following areas of learning:
- The variety of life and needs of living things
- The properties of materials
- Understanding light, sound, electricity and magnetism
- Experience of forces
Computers are used to support all areas of the curriculum. We currently have ‘LearnPad’ Android Tablets which can be used to support both learning in the classroom and in our Learning Resource Area. The use of these tablets is integrated as a tool for learning. We are connected to broadband and all pupils take part in ‘e-learning’ activities through the internet as well as using software from our own collection. Use is also made of digital photography and robotic mechanisms. All the classrooms are fitted with LED touchscreen displays.
Witley C of E Infant School is a Church of England school closely linked with its church, which is situated across the road.
Assemblies and Religious Education are an integral part of our school life. All children are taught about Christianity and other major world religions and are encouraged to value themselves and behave as responsible individuals. Showing care and consideration for others is central to our ethos. Topics are based on the Surrey County Council guidelines and the Diocese of Guildford syllabus. These have been carefully adapted to deliver a balanced and appropriate curriculum for young children. In addition to exploring Christianity, pupils are given ‘hands on’ opportunities to find out about other faiths, with visits to a mosque and synagogue and by inviting members of other faith groups to visit our school. You are welcome to view our R.E. syllabus at any time.
Children are given opportunities to study the past through carefully selected activities, topics and visits, which are appropriate to their age. They are encouraged to handle artefacts, study photographs, use role-play and listen to stories. The lives of important people and events are studied where appropriate.
Geography is studied through topics, such as homes around the world and going to the seaside. The children learn about their local environment through first hand experience, maps and photos. The children then are able to contrast their locality and homes with those of others around the world.
Music involves a range of musical activities that include appreciation of different types of music, singing and music-making using pitched and non-pitched instruments. Older children have the opportunity to take part in the Godalming Festival Singing Day, which involves many local schools. Music is also an integral part of assemblies, services and productions. Children enjoy performances by various musicians throughout the year.
All children are given the opportunity to experiment in creative activities. Sketching, drawing, painting, modelling, collage, printing, etc are developed progressively using a range of materials. Each child’s work is greatly valued and this is reflected in high quality displays throughout the school. Older children have the opportunity to experience exhibitions and take part in workshops led by visiting artists and specialists. We have well developed links with local artists.
Through PE children become aware of their own bodies and learn to control their movements. It is important for their health and gives them the opportunity to meet new challenges and different experiences within the curriculum. Positive attitudes to health and fitness are encouraged through gymnastics, outdoor games and dance. We run different after-school clubs throughout the year with professional coaches and take part in annual multi-skills festivals and tournaments. Swimming is currently not part of our curriculum, but is taught at Junior School as part of the physical educational provision in Key Stage 2.
Children are taught to use tools and materials safely, and to plan, design and make models for themselves. Construction toys and art activities also support these skills. Children develop a range of skills and techniques as they progress through the school.
The PSHE curriculum includes SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) and also citizenship. Children will be given the opportunity to learn about ways they can care for others and make friends. They will learn about how to keep healthy, look after the local community and the environment and become responsible citizens. The PSHE curriculum reflects the Christian ethos of our school encouraging a caring and supportive attitude in our learners.
PSHE includes sex education which is taught across the curriculum as and when the need arises. This is usually in response to questions from the children and a range of aspects could be discussed including human, animal and plant reproduction. However, it is felt that further instruction should take place within the context of a family situation. A detailed policy statement can be found on the policies page.
SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
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