Children learn to communicate and understand themselves and the world in which they live through the four main areas of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
We place great emphasis upon the development of these skills which are central to the curriculum, not only in dedicated Literacy sessions, but through the linking of learning with other subject areas too.
Children bring home reading books daily to share with parents and carers. Each child has a Reading diary offering them an opportunity to work toward achieving a specific ‘Reading Challenge’ - both children and parents gain a great deal of enjoyment from working toward this challenge and are rightly proud of gaining special Reading Challenge certificates during weekly ‘Celebration’ assemblies.
The school also has a library. All classes visit the library regularly to browse, research, borrow and return books.
School uses Debbie Hepplewhite's 'Phonics International' scheme, which is linked to Oxford Reading Tree's 'Floppy's Phonics'. This scheme uses a systematic programme of teaching which incorporates handwriting and spelling. The Alphabetic Code is used consistently throughout school. See the following links for more information:
School uses a variety of reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, Rigby Star and Collins, which are organised in a book banding system. Here is a link to a simple guide:
In Foundation Stage, the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. We teach science in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. The majority of the science work covered within the Foundation stage falls into the Knowledge and Understanding of the World theme. In Foundation stage children have an opportunity to explore science activities independently in the setting both indoors and outdoors. The children often work in small focus groups with an adult to develop their scientific predictions and observational skills. The majority of the work will be oral, encouraging the children to use comparative language and gain an understanding of relevant scientific vocabulary. The children also experience science on their regular park visits and trip to the farm.
At KS1 children develop their knowledge of animals (including humans), plants, everyday materials, living things and their habitats and seasonal change. Working scientifically during years 1 and 2, children observe, explore and ask questions. They work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. This may involve performing simple tests and evaluating the results. They are asked to consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. Using reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas the children share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of computing if it is appropriate. The majority of science topics are taught within the year group’s termly topic areas. These are supported by extra- curricular activities in the school grounds, at our local park, on trips to the Butterfly House in Year 1 and to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Year 2.
Whole school science mornings are organised each half term when children work on a question and feedback their findings to children in other year groups. Sometimes children work together in small mixed year groups on a challenge or they move from classroom to classroom to explore scientific ideas. These sessions often cover a broad range of science activities beyond those identified in the curriculum to develop the children’s ‘Science capital’, that is their exposure and knowledge of science.
We have 6 Science Ambassadors in year 2. The Ambassadors assist teachers and children with science around school, promote science to others, demonstrate in assemblies and meet regularly to carry out simple experiments themselves. Occasionally they attend outreach events such as the Science Ambassador’s Conference at Sheffield Hallam University. This project has been funded by the Ogden Trust, with whom we are working closely as a school and as part of a partnership of local schools.
All classes have a weekly timetabled computer lesson in the Media Suite, where they have access to 15 desktop computers, 15 iPads, and various other technology/ICT devices. In addition, each Key Stage 1 has a timetabled iPad session, where they make use of a set of iPads to enhance their learning. EYFS classes have access to iPads in their classrooms each day, which have a range of educational apps available to use.
In their weekly Computing lesson children look at three strands of the curriculum: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer Science is about using computational thinking to solve problems and make things for a given purpose., often through coding. This may involves writing and debugging programs on Scratch or other coding software, or creating and testing flowcharts, such as on Flowol.
Information Technology is about how technology and technological devices work. Children will learn about the different parts of a computer, the difference between input and output devices, when it is useful to use a computer but also when a computer isn't needed, and examples of the use of ICT and computing in 'real life.'
Digital Literacy about the safe and responsible use of technology. Children learn about how they can stay safe online, about the appropriate use of ICT, and where they can find help if they come across anything untoward owhen using the computer, and specifically the internet. Digital Literacy is also about solving problems and making useful things, using digital tools, such as spreadsheets, video editing applications and so on. Some examples of the work undertaken by our children include creating a slideshow presentation about a researched topic, using a graphics app to create artwork, using a camera to create a collage of images, developing a short Stop Motion animation, using VR software to explore new locations, merging real life with digital images using Green Screen, or using music editing software to prepare a short piece of music.
We believe that Geography is a tool of learning and communication. Geography is essentially about the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them, and the people who live in them. Skills developed through Geography help pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. We aim to stimulate the children’s interest in and curiosity about their surroundings and foster a sense of wonder about the world. We help them to develop a sense of responsibility for the environments and people of the world we live in and to understand the inter-dependence of people, resources and landscapes. The school works hard to present children with positive images of people throughout the world.
The children will be taught Geography within a creative curriculum. The geography curriculum is supported by specific skills progression to develop and improve skills throughout EYFS and KS1 During geography lessons the children will have opportunities to apply geographical enquiry and skills within a real context. The children have numerous opportunities to visit not only the school locality but some localities further afield too. We also have a wonderful link with a school in Ethiopia, Africa called Elshadai Elementary School and we take part in various projects with them throughout the school year.
At Hunter’s Bar Infants we take great pride in our enriched and broad curriculum. We have worked hard to create a curriculum that promotes independent learning, enjoyment and achievement. In History we promote an enquiry based classroom where children become inquisitive learners and critical thinkers. History is an interpretation of events and involves different points of view, so we encourage learners to create their own questions and equip them with the skills to recognise, compare, explain and begin to reason.
Where possible we always offer out of school trips and invite visitors into school to support the teaching of history. In Year 1 we recently went to Conisbrough Castle to explore what life was like in a medieval castle. In Year 2, we invited the Victorian classroom into school where the children were transported back to 1883 and experienced life as a Victorian school child! Such valuable experiences help create a high level of motivation and interest in a topic.
Art & Design
Art is a highly valued aspect of our curriculum. We try to develop each child’s confidence and pleasure in art and design through a range of activities and incorporate a rich variety of media and techniques through which children are encouraged to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings.
The school has strong links with the annual Sheffield Children’s Festival and a close association with several local artists who regularly work on projects with our children, both in and out of school.
Design and Technology
Children are offered a range of opportunity to develop the skills of Design and Technology throughout their time in the infant school.
They undertake projects in each year group which involve designing and making using a variety of materials, tools and techniques to produce such things as pop-up cards, puppets, musical instruments and moving models, toys or vehicles for instance. Food technology such as baking and cookery is also an element of design and technology.
The school has a dedicated children’s kitchen and all children have regular opportunities in which to make use of its facilities - often to prepare and cook the fruit and vegetables grown in the school’s own garden.
All classes in Key Stage One have three timetabled sessions of Physical Education weekly incorporating aspects of gymnastics, games and dance. Our commitment to at least two hours of quality PE weekly has gained the school national recognition in the award of ‘Activemark’ and local recognition in the award of the ‘School Sports Partnership Gold Award.’
Not only is full use made of the hall and outdoor areas around the school building, but children also have opportunities to access Endcliffe Park and the sports facilities of High Storrs School and, on occasion, the Institute of Sport and Don Valley stadiums.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed hearing my child relaying information around cultural and religious awareness. Differences and diversity are celebrated and embraced.
Parent, Year One
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
At the core of the school curriculum is the personal development and well-being of each child.
The national SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is integral to the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum. SEAL involves work on a different theme each half term. The themes are: New Beginnings, Getting On and Falling Out, Say NO to Bullying, Going for Goals, Good to Be Me, Relationships and Changes. Each theme begins with a whole school assembly and is then developed into other aspects of school life.
Each class has a weekly, timetabled Circle Time during which children are supported in the development of their friendships, their relationships with others and the importance of excellent standards of behaviour.
Bullying is not tolerated in our school. Our anti - bullying policy focuses upon strategies to promote a friendship and respect ethos within school.
In support of the Citizenship curriculum, two children from each class act as representatives for the School Council. They attend regular meetings and, in addition to feeding back ideas from their own Class Council meetings, they are involved in key decision-making about school life at Hunter’s Bar Infant School. Many children have other opportunities to make a valuable contribution to the life of the school through the ‘Job Squad’ – taking on vital roles such as Playground Friends, Lunchtime Buddies and Rubbish Busters!
Sex and Relationship Education
Sex and relationships education is taught within our Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) programme. It is covered within the themes of caring for others, friendship, family life, love and the people who care for us, along with personal safety. It is aimed at developing the children’s self -esteem and confidence.
Curriculum Enrichment Activities
Hunter’s Bar Infant School provides a truly rich and enriched curriculum. Children have access to a very varied programme of extra-curricular activities.
Lunchtime clubs are run daily. They include amongst others, chess, cricket, computer, games, Eco-club, library, gardening and nature club..
After-school clubs include the Choir, Multi-skills Sports Club, Football, French and Spanish Clubs. Click on the link below to find an example of these...
A wide variety of activities also take place during the day - both in and out of school. These are designed to enrich the planned learning and to consolidate the half termly topic focus. Such activities include visits to local galleries and museums including the Weston Park and the Heritage Museums. Plus other localities, such as Chatsworth and Whirlow Farm. Regular use is made of local amenities such as Endcliffe Park and the Botanical Gardens.
Visitors into school are common and include authors, illustrators, artists, musicians, sports specialists and theatre companies.