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Year 1 To read the Year 1 Curriculum Long Term Overview:- Click Here – Fantasy Click Here – Toys To read the Year 1 Curriculum Long Term Overview:- Click Here - Fantasy Click Here - Toys read more
British Values The Department of Education has set out that all schools should promote fundamental British values. These values are: democracy the rule of law individual liberty mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Please download our resource on British Values here. Please download the Overview of PSHE and British Values at Bournille […]

The Department of Education has set out that all schools should promote fundamental British values. These values are:
  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Please download our resource on British Values here. Please download the Overview of PSHE and British Values at Bournille Infant School here.
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Year 2 Trips Year 2 Trips Tamworth Castle This year the children have had the chance to visit Tamworth Castle. They learn all about Knights and Castle life and have great fun dressing up and going back in time to the medieval period. Cadbury World The children visit Cadbury World to learn more about the history of chocolate […] Year 2 Trips Tamworth Castle This year the children have had the chance to visit Tamworth Castle. They learn all about Knights and Castle life and have great fun dressing up and going back in time to the medieval period. Cadbury World The children visit Cadbury World to learn more about the history of chocolate making in our local area and the history of Bournville. This compliments the children's topic on Chocolate! Edgmond Hall December saw our 4th year of visiting Edgmond Hall in Shropshire for our 2 night residential trip. This year we took 48 pupils from Year. The children had a great time taking part in team building exercises and learning all about the Christmas Story. This was a great opportunity for children to develop their independence and social skills as well. Weston-Super-Mare In May the children take a trip to the seaside to compliment their learning. they focus on the geography of the seaside and habitats of beach and sea creatures as well as having lots of fun with a bucket and spade on the sand! read more
Year 1 Trips Year 1 go on the following trips: Selly Manor Visit The children visit Selly Manor which is a valuable historical resource just across the road from school. They explore the house and discover how people lived in Tudor times and learn more about local history.  Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood The children visit Sudbury Hall […] Year 1 go on the following trips: Selly Manor Visit The children visit Selly Manor which is a valuable historical resource just across the road from school. They explore the house and discover how people lived in Tudor times and learn more about local history.  Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood The children visit Sudbury Hall Toy Museum to learn about toys from the past. they take part in a workshop all about toys their mums and dads would have played with. They get hands on experience of the vast array of toys from across the ages and learn what life would have been like for children from the past. read more
Reception Trips Reception go on trips to: Birmingham Sea Life Centre To kick off our Under the Sea topic in the Spring term, Reception children visit the Birmingham Sealife centre. As part of this the children have a tour of the centre with a guide learning all about the fabulous sea creatures. Wonderland In May Reception go to Wonderland […] Reception go on trips to: Birmingham Sea Life Centre To kick off our Under the Sea topic in the Spring term, Reception children visit the Birmingham Sealife centre. As part of this the children have a tour of the centre with a guide learning all about the fabulous sea creatures. Wonderland In May Reception go to Wonderland in Telford. They visit the houses of Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They enjoy stories told by the Mad Hatter and even pan for gems in the Seven Dwarfs mine! They have great fun on the caterpillar ride, Winter Wonderland train and some can even take up the challenge of Alice's maze. They can tiptoe through Dinosaur Valley watching out for the scary T Rex.     read more
Phonics All children have daily phonic lessons. We use Letters and Sounds and we incorporate Jolly Phonics into this. The government have introduced a phonics screening test for all Year 1 children. This takes part in the Summer Term. Last year’s pass rate was 83% which is well above the national average. All children have daily phonic lessons. We use Letters and Sounds and we incorporate Jolly Phonics into this. The government have introduced a phonics screening test for all Year 1 children. This takes part in the Summer Term. Last year's pass rate was 83% which is well above the national average. read more
Enrichment Creative Arts Week The children explore a range of art and craft techniques, aswell as participate in music, drama and dance activities. Book Week The children turn into authors and get to write their own stories, create front covers of books, dress up as their favourite authors characters and meet a real life author too! […] Creative Arts Week The children explore a range of art and craft techniques, aswell as participate in music, drama and dance activities. Book Week The children turn into authors and get to write their own stories, create front covers of books, dress up as their favourite authors characters and meet a real life author too! As well as having a special themed week, we also have special events which take place throughout the year either specific to each year group or as a whole school. Diwali Party Day Following a unit of work learning about the Festival of Light, the children experience dancing, stories, food and customs from the Hindu faith. Visitors include dancers, story tellers and musicians.

Reception

Phonics Workshop Parents are invited to join their child in a Phonics Workshop. This is held in the Autumn term and includes a short presentation to parents about how they can support their child with phonics at home. Parents are then shown how phonics is taught in school with their child's teacher and the whole class. Finally parents and children can then do a host of exciting, fun and messy activities focusing on letters and sounds. Problem Solving Day Parents are invited to join their child in a problem solving mathematics trail. This is based on the theme traditional tales. There are lots of activities for adults to do with their children. We can ensure that learning and fun will certainly go hand in hand!  

Year 1

Mathematics Trail Year 1 parents are invited to take part in a mathematics trail with their children. This includes lots of fun, practical activities. Animal/Wildlife Talk by Tropical Inc The ‘animal man’ visits school with a collection of animals including a mammal, bird, reptile and arachnid to support our work on animals. Children experience the animals at close hand and learn how to respect and value wildlife. The children also look after a brood of chicks as part of their Science curriculum and learn about their lifecycle at first hand! Pirate Day This is an exciting end to the topic of 'Pirates' where the children get the chance to dress up in their best pirate outfits and take part in a range of fun pirate activities.

Year 2

Literacy Trail Parents are invited to take part in a literacy trail with their child. There are lots of fun activity stations to visit and these all support learning back in the classroom. Medieval day The children are invited to come to school as princess, knights or princes. they bake bread for a medieval feast, practise their best sword fighting and medieval dancing.
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Year 2 In Year 2 we offer a broad, balanced, creative curriculum which brings learning alive. At the beginning of each topic, the children are actively involved in planning their own learning. To view the Year 2 Long Term Curriculum Overview:- Click Here – Castles Click Here – World War 1 Click Here – Chocolate   Autumn […] In Year 2 we offer a broad, balanced, creative curriculum which brings learning alive. At the beginning of each topic, the children are actively involved in planning their own learning. To view the Year 2 Long Term Curriculum Overview:- Click Here - Castles Click Here - World War 1 Click Here - Chocolate   Autumn 1 In the Autumn Term Year 2 learn through the topic of CASTLES. They begin with a visit to a castle to enthuse and spark the children's interest and imagination. This is then followed with a stimulating and engaging curriculum. Click here to look at the Autumn Curriculum Overview. read more
P.E. in Year 2 Year 2 have P.E lessons twice weekly and over the year participate in Dance, Games/Athletics and Gymnastics modules in equal proportions. All Games and Gymnastics lessons are taught by our specialist sports coach- Mr Chris Coley. During P.E. lessons children have the opportunity to gain P.E. House points and the P.E. house shield is awarded […] Year 2 have P.E lessons twice weekly and over the year participate in Dance, Games/Athletics and Gymnastics modules in equal proportions. All Games and Gymnastics lessons are taught by our specialist sports coach- Mr Chris Coley. During P.E. lessons children have the opportunity to gain P.E. House points and the P.E. house shield is awarded at the end of every term. All year 2 children also have 6 sessions of swimming during the year. An annual Sports Day is held during the Summer term. read more
P.E. in Year 1 Children have P.E. lessons twice a week in year 1 and, over the year, participate in Games, Gymnastics and Dance modules in equal proportions. All Gymnastics and Games lessons are taught by our specialist Sports Coach- Mr Chris Coley. Year 1 children also have 6 sessions of swimming within the year. All children take part […] Children have P.E. lessons twice a week in year 1 and, over the year, participate in Games, Gymnastics and Dance modules in equal proportions. All Gymnastics and Games lessons are taught by our specialist Sports Coach- Mr Chris Coley. Year 1 children also have 6 sessions of swimming within the year. All children take part in our annual Sports Day during the Summer term. During P.E lessons children have the opportunity to gain P.E. house points and our P.E. house shield is awarded termly. read more
P.E. in Reception Children have 1/2 timetabled P.E. lessons weekly throughout the year. All of these sessions are taken by Chris Coley- our specialist Sports coach- and children work towards the ELGs in the Physical Development Area of Learning. There is additional provision for both the Physical Development and Expressive Art and Design Areas of Learning within both […] Children have 1/2 timetabled P.E. lessons weekly throughout the year. All of these sessions are taken by Chris Coley- our specialist Sports coach- and children work towards the ELGs in the Physical Development Area of Learning. There is additional provision for both the Physical Development and Expressive Art and Design Areas of Learning within both the indoor and outdoor areas of our Foundation Stage, in the forms of child initiated, adult initiated and adult directed tasks. All children participate in our annual Sports Day during the Summer term. During P.E. lessons children have the opportunity to gain P.E. house points and these are totalled at the end of every term when our P.E. house shield is awarded. read more
Communication & Language in the EYFS Have a look at all the exciting things we do in Communication & Language in our EYFS. Download resource here. Have a look at all the exciting things we do in Communication & Language in our EYFS. Download resource here. read more
Reception When children start school in reception they follow the New Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. The children undertake a vibrant, motivating, balanced curriculum that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. At Bournville Infant School, we aim to make this exciting and enjoyable. Each unit of work for each subject is […] When children start school in reception they follow the New Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. The children undertake a vibrant, motivating, balanced curriculum that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. At Bournville Infant School, we aim to make this exciting and enjoyable. Each unit of work for each subject is mapped out term by term. Visitors and visits are planned to help make learning fun, so that pupils are happy and successful.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Framework states that every child deserves the best possible start in life enabling them to fulfil their potential. The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s school readiness and gives them a broad range of knowledge and skills that promote the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. There are four principles underpinning the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • The first is the ‘Unique Child’. Every child is unique, constantly learning, being resilient, capable, confident and self assured and it is important the provision we offer responds to children’s ideas and interests.
  • The second is ‘Positive relationships’. Children learn to be strong and independent through high quality interaction with adults and peers. The role of both teachers and teaching assistants is vital to ensure children’s learning is moved forward. We do not underestimate the valuable contribution you as parents make to your child’s education and growth. There will be many opportunities for you to be actively involved in your child’s learning journey and I will go through a few of these later.
  • Thirdly is the ‘Enabling Environment’. Children learn and develop well in a stimulating and well resourced environment which responds to their individual needs. We provide provision both indoors and outdoors which support and enhance children’s learning.
  • Finally ‘Learning and Development’. Children develop and learn in different ways so it is important that teachers ensure there are challenging and playful opportunities across the areas of development.
The learning and development requirements comprise of:
  • The seven areas of learning and development (the subjects)
  • The early learning goals which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that the children should have gained by the end of the Reception Year.
  • The assessment requirements, reporting your child’s development at the end of the academic year.

The Areas of Learning and Development

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the PRIME areas are:
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
There are also four SPECIFIC areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
Communication and language development involves giving the children opportunities to experience a rich language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Physical development involves providing opportunities to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. They need to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, and to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. Also to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings and behave appropriately. To have confidence in their own abilities. Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures. Understanding the world involves helping children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. Expressive arts and design involves the children exploring and playing with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology. Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult led, adult initiated and child initiated activities. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
  • Adult directed activities involve the teacher working directly with the children to teach a skill and concept. From this planned
  • Adult initiated activities are provided whereby the children have access to resources and are given suggestions on how to use them to further develop their learning. Finally there are
  • Child initiated activities where children access self selected resources to extend their own learning interests.
Through all these activities the role of the adult is paramount to ensure learning is taken on through targeted questioning.

Assessment at the end of the EYFS

The children’s level of development in the seven areas is assessed against the EARLY LEARNING GOALS. In each of these goals the children are assessed as meeting expected levels of development, exceeding expected levels or not yet meeting expected levels (emerging).

The Early Learning Goals

In Personal, Social and Emotional development children are encouraged to play cooperatively, taking turns and sharing. They develop positive relationships with adults and other children showing sensitivity to other people’s needs and feelings. Children are encouraged to develop independence and confidence. In Communication and Language children develop their speaking and listening skills, communicating effectively with others. In Physical Development children move confidently with good control and have an understanding of the importance of good health and physical exercise. They are able to talk about different ways to keep healthy and safe. In Literacy both reading and writing are covered. Children are able to read and understand simple sentences using their knowledge of phonics. They are able to demonstrate an understanding of what they have read. They can write simple sentences with some words spelt correctly and other words by applying their phonic knowledge. In Mathematics children can read, write, order and count to numbers to 20 and add and subtract using apparatus. They are able to use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. Children can use mathematical language to describe both 2D and 3D shapes. In Understanding of the World children can talk about past and present events in their own lives. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, objects, materials and living things. Children can recognise that a range of technology is used in different places and they can select and use technology for particular purposes. In Expressive Arts and Design children can sing songs, make music and dance. They can use a range of materials, tools and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. They can represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories. There are many different ways you can take part and contribute to your child’s learning journey to achieve these goals.
  • Reading Evening – September
  • Phonics Workshops – October
  • Play and learn sessions. These sessions will be once a half term. They will run from 8.50 am to 10.00am. It will be an opportunity for you to spend time with your child in their classroom, experiencing the ‘learning’ they have done in school during that half term.
  • Superheroes Workshop focusing on creative activities in Spring
  • Maths trail in Summer
The topics we are doing provide a context for the children’s learning. These, however, are a starting point with the children’s needs and interests leading the way. There will an information sheet sent home each half term outlining the learning for that half term.
  • All About Me
  • Under the Sea
  • Traditional Tales
  • In the Garden
You can view Reception School Long Term Planning here.
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The New Curriculum This page has been designed to highlight the changes which have happened now that the old national curriculum has been replaced by the new primary curriculum from 1st September 2014. This means that the current Year 1 children will no longer be given levels (such as Level 2b) at the end of Year 2. We […] This page has been designed to highlight the changes which have happened now that the old national curriculum has been replaced by the new primary curriculum from 1st September 2014. This means that the current Year 1 children will no longer be given levels (such as Level 2b) at the end of Year 2. We will be following the new curriculum plans. Please follow this link to view them. Please click on link below. A new approach to formally assessing the children will be introduced and we are working to implement a monitoring and assessment system that informs parents of the specific skills and knowledge that the children need to develop in order to progress. Children who are in Year 2 in 2014/2015, will continue to study and be tested on the old primary curriculum in Maths, English and Science. They will have End of Key stage assessments in May 2015 based on the old programmes of study. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher Mathematics Programme of Study - external link

British Values

The Department of Education has set out that all schools should promote fundamental British values. These values are:
  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Please download our resource on British Values here. Please download the Overview of PSHE and British Values at Bournille Infant School here.  
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Reading Scheme At the beginning of each academic year, we hold a meeting, to which all Reception parents are invited, that gives a detailed description of how we teach reading and the systems we use at Bournville Infant School, and lots of ideas to support your child as they become accomplished readers. Sharing Books From their first […] At the beginning of each academic year, we hold a meeting, to which all Reception parents are invited, that gives a detailed description of how we teach reading and the systems we use at Bournville Infant School, and lots of ideas to support your child as they become accomplished readers. Sharing Books From their first day in school, your child will bring home a sharing book, for you to read and share with them. The aim of this is that our pupils will develop a love of reading, and that their listening skills will improve as they discuss what they have heard, and that they see the reading process being modelled by you. In each class there is a lending library of sharing books, from which they can choose a book to take home and share with you. Reading Books Once your child has acquired all the pre-reading skills needed to begin reading successfully they will be given a reading book by their class teacher. You can help us by practising these books at home with your child. At our school we use a variety of reading schemes (as well as ‘real’ books) to support your child with their reading, such as Story World, Dandelion readers, Big Cat Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree Phonics and Poetry books and Project X. This enables your child to read from a very wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We also encourage children to read on our kindles and ipads in school. We make sure that the children have time to read for pleasure in school, choosing books or comics that particularly interest them. We want, in partnership with you, to create readers for life; children who love reading and love books. High Frequency (or tricky) Core Words From Reception we begin to teach the children high frequency core words, which are common words they will meet in their reading, that usually cannot be sounded out. There are 7 stages of high frequency core words. Here are some ideas to help the learning of core words be fun!:
  • Use magnetic letters on your fridge, or foam letters in the bath.
  • Write words in sand, shaving foam, in chalk on the patio, or in condensation on windows.
  • Type in the words into the computer, using different fonts.
  • Hide post it notes around your house and send your child on a core word hunt!
  • Highlight core words in newspapers for your child to read.
  • Play snap, pairs or lotto with words.
  • Use a timer; How many words can they read in a minute?
  • Stick the words onto a twister map, and play a core word game.
  • Make core word lily pads and play a frog jumping game.
Phonics The use of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sounds. We teach phonics daily using 'Letters and Sounds' and the ‘Dandelion’ reading scheme. We support this using the 'actions of Jolly Phonics' which supports the children's learning and sound acquisition. (Click on the logo to view their website.) Children are taught in small groups according to their ability. These groups are very flexible and children move groups regularly, depending on the progress that they make. We also run phonics workshops in Reception and in Year 1 to show parents how to support their child with phonics at home. Your child may bring home new sounds to learn at home.
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