The curriculum covers all the planned activities that we organise term by term in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes all the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, and also any other activity organised by school, for example, extra-curricular activities such as after school clubs, any other activities designed to enrich the experience of the children. In addition to curriculum boundaries there are also the important elements of what the children learn from their school environment, the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave.
Doddinghurst Infant's curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014). We enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Learning should always be exciting but in a meaningful context for children. We follow a thematic curriculum on a two year rolling programme where commonality exists between subjects and aspects of learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. in some cases where this is not achievable subjects are taught individually. However the rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the core curriculum is a driver for the entire curriculum.
All our children are encouraged to be confident independent learners and successful adults. Children rapidly begin to read in our Foundation class by following a programme called Letters and Sounds. All children engage in daily English sessions where they develop their reading and comprehension skills and also develop a command of all aspects of the English language. The children take part in a daily English and Mathematics lesson.
At Doddinghurst Infant School children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered by excellent staff in an ethos of care, love and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.
The skills of computing are applied in all areas of the curriculum.
Religious Education is delivered through the Essex Agreed Syllabus March 2015.
As part of but not exclusive to the curriculum, Doddinghurst Infant School actively promotes opportunities and experiences that our children will remember for a lifetime.
The following website links from the Department of Education (DfE) may provide you with more information in regards to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), The school curriculum and the primary subjects within this.
At Doddinghurst Infant School we believe that our curriculum should: