The whole Barwell Family has a responsibility to "be the best that we can be!"
Team Barwell believes that every child in our school has the right ot make good progress, and deserves to be prepared for independence in future life and learning, regardless of their start in life.
We are committed to nurturing, caring for and educating the whole child. Quite simply, our motto is "CHILDREN FIRST"
In addition, reading and phonics are central to every child's development and learning, and play a key role in much of the work we do in school.
At Barwell, we believe in creating a stimulating environment which allows our children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them through inspirational activities and high quality teaching.
At Barwell, we use the Cornerstones Curriculum. The Cornerstones Curriclum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary Curriclum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
Our curriclum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children's learning.
We belive that children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning in engaging contexts. Our curriclum provides lots of learning challenges throughout each year that require the children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the whole curriclum.
How it works:
Children will progress through the four stages of learning in each ILP-Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express
Engage - children will:
Gain memorable first hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor to school
Enjoy 'WOW' experiences
Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
Begin researching and setting enquiry questions
Get lots of opportunities to make observations
Develop spoken language skills
Take part in sensory activities
Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic
Improve their knowledge and undertsanding of the topic
Develop and practice their new skills
Compose, make, do, build, investigate and explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriclum
Research their own suggestions and those set by others
Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
Complete home learning activities
Innovate- children will:
Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts
Solve real or imagined problems using skills and knowledge they have learnt
Be inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
Revisit everything not fully grasped at the 'Develop' stage
Become performers, experts and informers
Share their achievements with parents, their peers and the community
Evaluate completed products and processes
Link everything that they have learnt to where they started
Celebrate all they have learnt!
At Barwell we have carefully selected inspiring, engaging and exciting topics from the Cornerstones Curriclum. Each half term teachers will send out a class newsletter with topic information as well as a knowledge organiser of what they children will be learning so that parents are able to support at home.
Here at Barwell Infants, we acknowledge that children are powerful learners. Every child can make progress in their learning, with the right help. Children learn through play, by adults modelling, by observing each other, and through guided learning and direct teaching. At Barwell Infants, we carefully organise the environment to ensure high-quality play whilst making time and space available for children to invent their own play. Adults join in to sensitively support and extend children’s learning. Children also learn through group work, when the adults guide their learning. The high quality and well-planned learning environment, indoors and outside, is an important aspect of the learning at Barwell Infants.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
When planning and guiding what children learn in school, teachers reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust what they do appropriately.
The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies
The EYFS framework sets the statutory standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to age 5. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills to provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Areas of Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in early year’s settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
•communication and language
•personal, social and emotional development
There are also four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
•understanding the world
•expressive arts and design
Assessment at the end of the EYFS
In the final term of the year, the EYFS Profile is completed for each child. The Profile provides parents and carers, practitioners and teachers with a well-rounded picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their attainment against expected levels, and their readiness for year 1.
Each child’s level of development is assessed against the early learning goals (ELG’s) as to whether they are meeting ‘expected’ levels of development, or if they are not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’).
Programmes of Study
You can find the government's Programmes of Study for each subject by clicking on the red buttons below:
N.B. These Programmes of Study also refer to the expectations for KS2 (Year 3 - 6)