At High Greave Infant School, our staff team strive to empower all the learners in our care. We provide a safe, caring, and nurturing environment in which pupils can thrive emotionally, socially and academically. Through offering consistency and stability, we build self-esteem and create confident, resilient learners. We believe that the education of a child is a partnership, and we work closely with families and carers, building strong and trusting relationships. Everything we do has every child as an individual at its heart.
Our identified curriculum drivers have been developed as a whole staff to give pupils the necessary skills which prepare them for their place in the world. They are woven throughout our curriculum :
- Be articulate – improve speech and language development by ensuring there are opportunities to communicate and have access and exposure to a wide range of language and vocabulary.
- Be aspirational – provide knowledge, skills and experiences which enable pupils to see opportunities beyond their local community and empower them to reach for the stars!
- Build positive relationships – develop the necessary skills which will enable them to make and maintain safe and healthy relationships both now and in the future.
- Be respectful – be able to interact with others positively showing care, politeness, kindness, developing tolerance and acceptance of the people around them.
The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s core values – our LEARNER Code. Children begin learning the key elements of being a good LEARNER as they start school in Nursery. This is consistently promoted and celebrated as pupils improve their skills and move through our school.
Our curriculum gives pupils the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage in life. Appropriate and stimulating themes are used to excite our children, encouraging a thirst for learning and to become inquisitive and knowledgeable about the world they live in. The curriculum in both EYFS and KS1 provides children with a wide variety of experiences on which to build their knowledge and skills. Through different themes, hooks, experiences and carefully planned learning, children will explore and learn about the world around them. Our curriculum also provides our learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to make informed lifestyle choices in the future.
Speech, language and communication development is a key feature of provision across our school to ensure children become confident communicators. This driver is woven throughout the curriculum across our school to provide children with opportunities to acquire a range of new and challenging vocabulary and
develop the skills to use this appropriately. We set high expectations of the language and vocabulary our pupils are exposed to and how this is modelled to them by the adults in school.
Speech Therapy is used as an intervention for pupils who require additional support, and this is supported in school by a qualified Speech Therapist.
Throughout school children have access to high quality texts to support progress in reading as well as develop a love of books and reading from an early age. This includes appropriate decodable reading books matched to phonic knowledge and access to a range of texts to support not only progress in reading, but also language and vocabulary development. Storytime and shared reading are used across school to ensure that children are exposed to age-appropriate texts and vocabulary, developing a ‘thirst’ for new vocabulary and language.
You can find all our documents regarding our visions, aims, and values here