At Upton Infant School we have thought carefully about the creation of our curriculum. At the heart of the learning are the school aims:-
Coupled to this we have a desire for the school to be at the centre of the community we live within and for the children to know about the national and global societies we are part of. As an accredited Unicef Rights Respecting School we believe passionately in the individual rights and responsibilities of each and every pupil. Each week the children spend a snack time discussing current news stories from around the world and link to the Unicef Articles of Rights.
Our topic themed approach means that the children will have a variety of underlying themes across the year including a history focus, a geography focus, an author focus and a local focus. Through our topics we ensure that the children experience a 'Britishness' within their learning. In fact one of the Year One topics is called 'Great! Britain'. Other examples of 'Britishness' within the topics include learning about key historical events eg. The Gunpowder Plot or The Great Fire of London, celebrating important 'British' events eg Remembrance Day, Harvest, Jubilees, Royal Weddings, knowing about famous British authors eg Roald Dahl and Julia Donaldson, and artists eg Andy Goldsworthy and Anthony Gormley. During their three years at the school the children visit the three Christian churches in the town and the vicars lead assemblies at the school. Within the local community we are proactive in supporting British traditions and enter (and often win) the local carnival and horticultural show as well as supporting the local church fetes and carol services through our choir performances. Alongside all this we also use our Learning Skills foci to promote the core values of responsibility, teamwork, motivation, independence, communication and enquiry.
We place an emphasis on providing a well-rounded education and aim to provide opportunities for individual pupils to develop a 'love' for a particular area of the curriculum. Through our extensive after-school clubs provision the children are able to extend their learning in an area of the curriculum that excites them eg. art, science, music, computers, sport, dance. Talented children are given the opportunity to represent the school in competitions and festivals and we link closely with the local secondary school to use their specialist teachers, rooms and equipment during the year.
We love our curriculum and are proud of the work that has resulted in the learning journey for each pupil being one that is fun, challenging and inspiring. As one parent wrote in the most recent questionnaire "I feel the staff go over and above what a lot of schools do, not only in terms of making the learning fun and interesting, but also the extras such as the clubs, fete and carnival."