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:
Science and scientific enquiry is taught through contexts linked to Life Processes and Living things, such as growing things, mini-beasts, our bodies and keeping healthy; Materials and their properties and Physical Processes, such as creating electricity and investigating forces.
Children are given the opportunity to carry out scientific investigations and to record and interpret their findings. A variety of teaching approaches are used in the teaching of early scientific skills and emphasis is given to practical activities and first hand experience.
The school has a large, dedicated Computer Suite equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and networked PC’s that can be accessed by an entire class at one given time. In addition, every classroom in Key Stage One has an interactive whiteboard along with three networked PC’s. Further networked access is available in the library and in the workroom dedicated to small group work.
All classes are timetabled to use the Computer suite on several occasions throughout the week. Every child is given opportunities to use a variety of computer programs designed to ensure the National Curriculum guidelines for ICT are fully met. Children develop skills in word processing, data and information handling, simulation and control technology.
Children’s learning is also enhanced through their use of digicams and during their time in school they will have opportunities to engage in basic animation and film-making.
Geography is taught within a topic-based approach. The school works hard to present children with positive images of people throughout the world. Children are encouraged to develop an interest and understanding of the local environment and of contrasting areas in the UK and other countries. They are helped to understand the inter-dependence of people and resources and the relationship between people and landscapes.
Children have numerous opportunities to visit not only the school locality but some localities a little further a field too.
At Hunter’s Bar Infants we take great pride in our enriched curriculum. We have worked hard to create a curriculum that promotes independent learning, enjoyment and good progress and achievement.
The role of first hand experience is very important and where possible we offer out of school trips to places such as Bishop’s House, Manor Castle and the Weston Park Museum and invite visitors into school. Recently, we invited the Victorian classroom into school where Y2 was transported back to 1883. Children experienced life as a Victorian school child! Such a valuable experience motivated the children allowing them to be enthusiastically engaged in the 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.