At Paulton Infant School we offer each child a broad and balanced education, developing individual skills and talents so that every child may achieve the best of which he or she is capable. At the same time, we try to give the children a strong and clear sense of their own worth. We aim to create a sympathetic climate, which allows everyone within the school to celebrate the success of others and provide caring support when needed. Children are expected, however young, to take the degree of responsibility appropriate to his/her stage of maturity, for him/herself, for others and for their environment.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the regulatory and quality framework for the provision of learning, development and care for children between birth and the academic year in which they turn five (0-5). Therefore if your child has attended preschool, nursery or a child minder they will have already begun the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The Four Guiding Principles of EYFS are:
- A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
- Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
These are complemented by seven areas of learning and development which include three Prime areas and four Specific areas. The Prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The four Specific areas, which include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society, are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
During children’s first year in school, their knowledge and skills in relation to the above elements are assessed continually against age related expectations. Parents’ Evenings are held three times a year. At the end of children’s first year in school a written report and child’s Learning Journal provide details of progress and attainment in each of the above areas.
If you would like to learn more about our EYFS curriculum please click on the link to take you to the Department for Education guidance document.
The National Curriculum
Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1.
The National Curriculum comprises of Attainment targets and Programmes of Study for:
- 3 Core Subjects; English, Mathematics and Science
– Reading- We use a variety of different reading schemes to ensure our children are able to access a range of quality texts across different genre. Our main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’
– Phonics- We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme to teach phonics
- 7 Foundation subjects; Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music and PE
- Religious Education
- PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education)
- Assessment arrangements i.e. ongoing teacher assessment with reference to end of the Key Stage statutory testing
The DFE states that the National Curriculum should constitute the main body of what is taught in schools. It clearly recognises that individual pupils have different needs and speeds of progress but maintains there should be high expectations for every pupil. Indeed, the school’s curriculum includes:
- All the National Curriculum learning opportunities plus other opportunities developed from children’s interests and our local area
- All the behaviour that is encouraged or discouraged.
- The organisation and routines.
- The way children interact with each other.
- The way adults, including parents, interact with the children.
Information on our current topics can be found on the topic page of our website.
If you would like a hard copy of any of our curriculum information, please come and see us, we will be happy to provide this for you.
For further information on the Primary National Curriculum please go to:
We are in the process of developing our curriculum pages further. In the meantime below are some helpful information documents.