At Airedale Infant School we endeavor to provide an inclusive environment ensuring children are successful learners, who are equipped with the secure foundations to lead a successful life in modern day Britain. We aim to inspire children to have high aspirations and to make positive contributions to their community. We have a bespoke social skills curriculum that ensures SMSC underpins the ethos of the school and develops pupils moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding well.
At Airedale Infant School, we aim to design and provide a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum. The development is carefully planned to ensure a broad coverage and progress of all subjects from EYFS to Key Stage One. We strive to provide a sense of awe and wonder that instils a thirst for learning therefore embedded throughout the curriculum are enrichment opportunities to make learning memorable through hands on learning experiences, hooks for learning and a variety of visits and visitors. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review.
Sport has a high profile at Airedale Infant School and pupils are introduced to a variety of activities. Through collaboration with Elite Sports Coaching the children are taught a wide range of skills including invasion, striking and fielding, dance, gymnastics and functional fitness. Opportunities for children to participate competitively with other schools across the district enables them to develop resilience, build confidence and team building.
Additionally Airedale Infant School provides extended school provision. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of clubs after school hours and during lunch times.
At Airedale Infant School we aim to provide pupils with the appropriate skills and attitudes to create a love of reading and inspire pupils to read for enjoyment. We want to ensure that all children have access to a range of high quality literature throughout their time with us regardless of their ability.
Across the school we enjoy daily story time where children listen to their teachers expose them to a range of exciting stories and adventures. Children have access to a range of quality literature in stimulating classroom environments. Shared reading is also utilised across school to develop fluency and intonation through expressive, modelled reading and to deepen understanding of new vocabulary. At Airedale Infant School we also use literature across the curriculum to enhance the variety of exciting topics that we teach.
In Early Years we teach discrete phonics sessions daily using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. Children are taught listening skills from Nursery and the skill of segmenting and blending orally and build on these skills and develop new phonic skills in Reception. They are given opportunities to apply these in the context of reading and writing. They are also taught how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through adults sharing and discussing books.
In Key Stage One we continue to teach discrete phonics sessions using the RWI programme ensuring children have regular opportunities to apply their increasing phonic knowledge when reading a range of texts. Children continue to apply their phonic knowledge to their writing.
Across school we also use ‘Bug Club’ an online reading tool used to encourage children to read at school and within the home. Children are assigned a range of books tailored for their reading age and interests. This system also promotes reading for pleasure.
We see home-school links as a vital part of the reading process. We positively encourage parental involvement in the development of a child’s reading. We hold parental workshops to provide parents with information on how we teach children to read and this includes demonstrations.
Please see below the Summer 2 Assembly overview, outlining assembly themes and the music linked to each theme: