At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School our curriculum is designed to inspire a life time love of learning. We want all our children to leave us confident, capable learnings who are ready for Junior School. We provide a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum that is interesting and enjoyable for the children. We strongly believe in equality of opportunity for all and both respect and celebrate each child’s unique qualities. All children have equal access to the curriculum in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy and is carefully planned to ensure progression and continuity for every child. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum for Key Stage One that covers Years 1 and 2.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our School’s core values:
Community, Love and Perseverance
We have an integrated approach to planning our curriculum, so that where possible we can combine individual subjects into engaging topics with memorable first hand experiences. We believe children should enjoy their time at Walsh Memorial CE Infant School and understand the purpose and context of their learning. We want children to acquire knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes in an enjoyable and meaningful way. An important part of our work is the development of positive social relationships. We aim for children to learn to co-operate with each other, to recognise the needs of others and to understand differences in temperament, ideas and culture.
All our topics have a balance of subjects across the whole year to ensure appropriate coverage of the National Curriculum. Having English as a lead in all topics is fundamental to enable the children to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Our partnership with parents is important and home learning is also linked to topics and encourages children and their carers to work together on a project or weekly spellings and recall of mathematical facts.
Children’s achievements are recognised and celebrated in class and in our weekly celebration assemblies (now via Teams). This encourages self esteem and self belief that their hard work is valued and recognised. Children are encouraged to share their own personal achievements in their out of school activities.
We set high standards both in work and behaviour and this is reinforced by praise and reward.
We hold parent workshops to support your child in various curriculum areas. Parent requests for workshops are also welcomed.