What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
At Heather Avenue Infant school we offer a broad and balanced curriculum. The children are taught through a range of exciting themes which cover all subjects embracing the September 2014 National Curriculum.
Through scientific enquiry, children develop the skills of observation, investigation, recording and analysis of information. By engaging in practical activities, they are taught to plan, predict and hypothesise; always thinking carefully about what makes a fair test.
We have an annual science day where the children complete a variety of science activities in mixed age groups.
The gardens and wild areas in our grounds are used to enhance learning about the natural environment.
The children are taught to use computers and the Internet to find things out, to develop ideas, to make things happen, to exchange and share information and to review, modify and evaluate their work.
E-safety is of paramount importance and we deliver a range of E-safety lessons throughout the year in line with curriculum recommendations.
There are computers in each classroom and all classes are connected to the Internet. Each class has an Interactive whiteboard and access to a set of laptops and Ipads for whole class use. The children are taught to create, modify and debug simple programmes and use a range of ICT equipment to develop coding skills.
Children also have opportunities to use digital cameras, video cameras, computer based microscopes and visualisers to support their work in all aspects of the curriculum.
Our study of History aims to fire the children's curiosity about the past.
They learn about people’s lives and life styles. They find out about the significant men, women and events from the more recent and distant past, encompassing those from both Britain and the wider world. Year 2 children also focus on the Royal Family.
The children are encouraged to listen and respond to stories and use sources of information including artefacts, to answer questions. They learn, in increasing detail, as they pass through the school, how the past is different from the present. Children are taught key historical vocabulary including past, present, now and before.
We encourage children to acquire a real sense of the past and of the changes that are brought about during the passage of time. We teach them how these changes have affected the daily lives of ordinary people.
Our children are taught to ask geographical questions about people, places and environments and learn geographical language to support this.
They use geographical skills and resources such as maps and photographs. They are encouraged to carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom.
During the year the children learn about different countries through the medium of international weeks. They learn about their own and other cultures and enjoy visits from people from all walks of life.
As part of our creative curriculum we aim to foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, throughout the school, where children make increasingly informed and creative choices of tools and techniques for a given purpose.
The children learn about a variety of artists and use their work as inspiration for their own. In each class children work independently and collaboratively to produce 2D and 3D displays. Annually We hold an 'Open Studio' event where all children showcase some of their fantastic art work.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is taught as part of our creative curriculum in a cross curricular way linking to class themes.
Children work on a variety of projects; they create designs, make prototypes using construction equipment and other materials, make their finished product and evaluate their work. They do this using a variety of tools and techniques.
We believe Music is very important and we actively promote children's musical development.
At Heather Avenue we use music to enhance personal and social skills, cultural awareness, creative and expressive development and co-ordination skills.
Children are taught to create music, to listen to and appraise music and to perform. In addition children are involved in a weekly sing-a-long session, and we offer a range of music clubs. These currently include the school choir and belleplates club. We also have a peripatetic piano teacher who visits the school twice a week, to give those children who wish to learn an excellent basis for future development in music.
We are always eager to broaden our horizons in the music department, and participate in local musical events, including the Norfolk County Music Festival, as well as holding various musical events throughout the school year and inviting professional musicians into the school.
We believe that moral and spiritual education is part of all children’s emotional wellbeing and ties in with elements of religious education.
We teach Religious Education in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2012. It is by law required to be of a multi-faith nature whilst reflecting the mainly Christian traditions of the United Kingdom.
We have daily acts of collective worship which are broadly Christian in nature.
We aim to help children develop beliefs in line with our school vision “To prepare children for a bright future in a changing world”.
Guardians have the right to withdraw children from Religious Education lessons and from Collective Worship. Should any guardian wish to exercise this right, they should make appropriate arrangements with the Head teacher.
PSHE lessons are taught in order to promote the emotional, social and health development of children and young people. It includes:
• The acquisition of information on a range of health issues that are relevant to their age, maturity and understanding including emotional health and well-being, relationships, diet and exercise and safety.
• The development of emotional and social skills including skills for learning, achieving, managing change and looking after health.
• The exploration and clarification of values, including British values, and beliefs including respect, morality and an understanding of cultural diversity.
At Heather Avenue we utilise the SEAL resources to support our teaching of PSHE.
Our curriculum Policy is available for further information if required. Please see school secretary.
All classes learn through a new topic each term. The teachers plan each new theme ensuring coverage of learning identified as part of the Early Year Foundation Stage, in relation to stage and the interests of the children in Reception or in line with our school curriculum maps, which are based on the 2014 National Curriculum for children in years one and two.