Folly Hill Curriculum
At Folly Hill we believe that children’s learning should be vivid and real, exciting and enjoyable, presented in such a way that all can participate in learning. We aim for the curriculum to broad and balanced, giving the children first hand experiences and encouraging independence and creativity.
Our curriculum is everything that happens in school and reflects the schools aims and values and hence everything that happens in school or through school is part of our curriculum. It goes beyond the statutory national curriculum and we provide a nurturing environment in which all children can experience the joy of learning so that they become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
At Folly Hill School we feel children learn best when . . .
a variety of learning styles is embraced
they are motivated and well-challenged
they feel secure in their environment
learning clearly defined and matched to ability
they are confident to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings
there is praise and encouragement
they are valued as individuals
resources are easily available, adequate and well organised
there is support and encouragement at home
they are given time to reflect and consolidate
there is an ethos of mutual respect through the school community
they are encouraged to value their learning and their view is respected
they are encouraged to learn through taking risks as a building block to learning
they are physically and mentally stimulated
they enjoy themselves!
Aims and values of Folly Hill School
We aim to provide the people of our school with the knowledge, the skills, the confidence and the determination to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live and work.
As a school we aim to facilitate:
Working hard, aiming high and having fun through:
Recognising, encouraging and promoting talents of all kinds, and endeavouring to provide an environment in which everyone can reach his/her potential.
Developing the joy of learning by providing a curriculum and professional development which is flexible, relevant and meaningful for everyone, striving to develop independent, persevering learners.
Setting before pupils the highest standards of honesty, integrity, endeavour, self-discipline, co-operation and care for others.
Preparing pupils for the next stage of their education and for the rest of their lives.
A healthy lifestyle through:
Promoting physical, aesthetic, mental, creative and practical ability so as to enable everyone to lead an active, healthy life.
Promoting the benefits of a healthy diet and providing healthy food options and opportunities to drink plenty of water.
Staying safe through
Awareness of potential threats to health and well-being.
Together we are a TEAM
Language is in use throughout a person’s life and is fundamental to all aspects of learning, fostering enthusiasm and enjoyment for all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The challenge lies in teaching it and in guaranteeing progression that is something more than incidental. The English scheme of work at Folly Hill Infant School is based on our commitment to developing reading and writing through engagement with high quality talk and drama in a range of learning environments.
Reading is one of the most important skills taught in school. Folly Hill aims to foster a lifelong love of reading. When your children start school, they will bring home books to enjoy with you. Your child’s teacher will decide when it is appropriate to change the books from the reading scheme, as other linked reading activities may be planned.
These books, together with the reading record, should be kept in the reading folder and brought to school every day so that they are available for any reading activities which may have been planned. A book bag printed with the school logo is available to buy from our uniform supplier.
We encourage children to read a range of texts through guided reading, individual reading, quiet reading, reading partners and they will have the opportunity to select a library book weekly.
Correct letter formation is essential from the start. Writing is a complex process requiring a number of skills. Successful writing takes time - initially children are encouraged to make marks and write freely. Most early writing is of a personal nature and children’s work reflects their home life and hobbies. Correct pencil grip, spelling, grammar and punctuation are always encouraged.
Speaking and Listening
Oral language comes naturally to most children in the early years but there is a continuing need for development and improvement. At Folly Hill School we provide ample opportunity for relaxed as well as more formal talking activities., which are also shared with parents.
A vital part of growth and personal development is learning to be a good listener. Such situations as Circle Time, talk partners, drama, and role paly are included in the school programme to help children to develop their listening and verbal skills. Children are encouraged to be imaginative and creative, to reason and develop a sense of humour.
Here at Folly Hill Infants school we teach mathematics so that our pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment. As a school, we have adopted the ‘mastery’ approach to our planning and teaching of maths, where we aim to develop deep mathematical understanding through the use of concrete (practical) apparatus. Where possible we apply maths to everyday life. Our ultimate aim is for our children to become inquisitive, independent and enthusiastic learners.
Personal, Health and Social Education
At Folly Hill we believe that pupils must have the opportunity to acquire knowledge to develop a respect for facts and the truth so that they can be enabled to understand their own values.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed and about British Values. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
Relationship ands ex education is the continuation of lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It begins informally in the home with parents and carers. We aim to make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by children to establish and maintain relationships and to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. Our policy is to use the content from the EYFS and KS1 curriculum.
RSE is “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health.” (DfES, 2000: 5)
Here at Folly Hill Infant School we teach Religious Education in order for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of religious faiths and to respect the fact that beliefs can be expressed in different ways. According to the Education Reform Act 1998 all schools must provide a basic curriculum including RE and as a Surrey school we follow The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools 2017-2022. In R.E we encourage children to explore, challenge, question and respond sensitively to the views of others whilst being introduced to ideas from Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Physical Education and sporting provision
We believe that physical activity plays a vital part in developing physically and mentally strong young people. PE sessions are stimulating and challenging, and they encourage children to develop positive attitudes and understand the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.
All children take part in gymnastics, dance and games activities, with athletics in the Summer Term culminating in a traditional Sports Day and fun sporting activities. The children are encouraged to take part in Maypole dancing at local festivals.
Lunch-time supervisors run activities at lunchtime, such as tag rugby and cheerleading
At Folly Hill we aim to introduce children to a wide range of live and recorded music. Children will also have the opportunity to play tuned and untuned instruments, culminating in the composition of their own music. Music has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and lift your mood.
At Folly Hill we recognise that our children are growing up in a world full of technology. We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study with the aim of equipping our children to use technology purposefully, usefully and with an understanding for their safety when working on line.
At Folly Hill we recognise the importance of learning, playing in, and experiencing the natural environment. We acknowledge how beneficial being outside is for the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We therefore incorporate outdoor learning into our everyday curriculum as well as providing outdoor play opportunities for all our children. We are currently in the process of developing our school grounds to enhance and improve the quality of our outdoor learning provision.
At Folly Hill we aim to develop in the children, a curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them and inspire them to explore their world and expand their horizons.
DT encourages children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products to solve practical problems.
At Folly Hill, History gives the children a sense of where they have come from. They develop skills in analysing information, drawing conclusions and nurtures their inquisitive nature.
At Folly Hill we teach the children a variety of creative techniques to enable them to express their thoughts and feelings and develop their own creativity.