Alexandra Infants’ School curriculum is committed to providing an exciting personalised curriculum, which is centred around developing the individual pupil, with an emphasis on healthy minds, bodies and well-being. Rooted at the heart of our curriculum is language development. We ensure that pupils are immersed in a range of opportunities to develop their oracy skills with a particular focus on developing vocabulary. We place equal importance on academic developments and personal development. Our curriculum, which is progressive, ensures that prior knowledge provides the anchor for future learning opportunities. Retrieval of knowledge is a key component so that learning is embedded into long term memory. We are determined to ensure that our curriculum provides breadth, balance and depth for every learner across all areas of the curriculum.
Driving our curriculum, are the following 5 principles – our 5 E’s: Excel – be awesome! Embrace yourself! Explore the world! Engage with others! Express yourself! These drivers support children’s personal development and well-being. They encourage pupils to aim high, know themselves, be curious, work collaboratively, and be articulate.
Our curriculum fully enables the children to develop their cultural capital by fostering knowledge, skills and values, bringing them to life! We successfully integrate and support British Values, in all aspects of school and are proud to be part of British society. Our curriculum develops the use of pupil voice and their ability to promote change.
Our curriculum is designed to be aspirational and to open up the world for them to explore. Children at Alexandra Infants’ School are empowered to achieve their dreams; we believe that everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. We develop growth mind set, a love of learning and promote resilience and confidence to enable children to manage their emotions when striving to achieve. Our curriculum enables the children to gain a common body of knowledge to which they are entitled to, set out within the National Curriculum. Our identified key concepts and our plan for their progression support children in gaining a deeper understanding within the curriculum.
Underpinning our curriculum and opportunities, is our Alexandra Promise to pupils. This promise sets out a wide range of developmentally appropriate experiences, that we firmly believe every child should experience as they grow up. These are integrated within our curriculum from EYFS- Y2.
Through careful discussion and analysis of our pupils’ backgrounds, cultures and learning behaviours as a school we have prioritised the following areas which drive our curriculum design
1.Effective communication – our children need strategies to enable them to communicate effectively both in oral and written communication. We know that our children need to develop their vocabulary and we are ensure that this is done through identification of key vocabulary linked to texts and topics. Particular emphasis is given to developing good communication skills in EYFS and then continued throughout KS1.
2. Behaviour of effective learners- our children need strategies to enable them to be more active, independent learners. They need to develop resilience and the ability to independently transfer and interchange knowledge and skills. We know that our children need immersion in rich, engaging topics to enable practice, repetition and reinforcement of skills and knowledge to be fluent in many different, often complex concepts.
3. Aspirations – our children do not lack the determination to succeed. What they do not have is an appreciation of the range of opportunities and possibilities available to them during the next stages of their lives
Further information can be found in our subject specific information pages.