At Ellington Infant School our curriculum is rich and engaging, it enables the children to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to grow and become lifelong learners. It prepares them for a future where there is no limit placed on their potential to be successful.
Children learn best through first hand experiences linked to their interests, this engages children who are encouraged to think creatively, to question and explore. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and meets requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curricular whilst teaching children the key skills and knowledge they need to be part of the seaside community in which they live. Importance is placed on teaching the basic but important skills children need to access the wider curriculum, which is staged and builds upon children’s prior knowledge. Our curriculum takes a ‘topic’ approach, which links subjects together whilst ensuring each is valued and represented.
The development of personal, social and physical wellbeing is central to our curriculum; children need to be able to communicate effectively, regulate their emotions, accept challenges, develop self-confidence, be healthy and feel pride in achievement. All of this is underpinned by our school values of High Expectations, Respect, Courage, Teamwork and Happiness.
Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak is vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. Spoken language is taught in all year groups and builds year on year to develop pupils’ competence and confidence.
Reading consists of two dimensions – word reading and comprehension. Word reading is taught through a structured phonics programme called Letters and Sounds. It is taught daily and reinforced in everyday classroom activities. Reading comprehension is taught via whole class, shared reading, guided group reading and individual reading sessions. This is backed up by children reading and talking about texts at home.
Writing is also broken into two dimensions – composition (structuring ideas in writing) and transcription (spelling and handwriting). Children are taught how to plan their writing, using their ideas and experiences and are given regular opportunities to write. They are encouraged to write for a purpose (eg. thank you letters, invitations) and to use different writing styles such as story writing, poetry, lists, etc.
The main focus of maths in Years 1 and 2 is to ensure children develop confidence and mental fluency with counting, whole numbers and place value (i.e. what each digit in a number actually represents).
This will involve working with numerals, mathematical words and manipulatives (such as objects to count with or rulers to measure with). Children will encounter and revisit the four mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and learn how they are connected.
Pupils will also develop their ability to talk about, sort and compare shapes. They will also learn about different quantities such as money, time, length, mass and capacity/ volume.
As children develop their reading and spelling ability in key stage one, they will be taught to read and spell the vocabulary involved in their maths learning.
Click on any of the links below to see the programme of study for each subject.
Online Learning Journal
All children in our school have a personal on-line Learning Journal which records photos, observations and comments. This builds up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.
We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted on secure servers in the EU. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journal and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments of your child’s learning at home.
Where do I start?
We will set up an account for you with the email address we have on our records. You will receive an email from Tapestry with your log in details. Once you have set yourself a password and PIN from the activation email, please go to https://tapestryjournal.com on your computer and log into your Tapestry account. You are also able to download the Tapestry App for different devices. If you have an iPhone or iPad, visit the iTunes store and download the Tapestry app from the Education section (search for Tapestry) or if you have an android device, then you may download the android app from the Google Play Store.
Click Here for guidance on using Tapestry on a PC
Click here for guidance on using Tapestry on an Android device
Click here for guidance on using Tapestry on an IOS device
As a local authority school we follow the DFE School Admissions Code and the Kent County Council Admissions Arrangements.
All admissions for a Reception Class place for the following September must be made online to the local authority by using the website: www.kent.gov.uk/ola between November and 15th January.
For more information on school admissions in Kent, please click here.