Parents who have been the main influence on their child’s development before coming to Hatfield Peverel Infant School will continue to have a significant influence in partnership with the school. When children enter the school, they will already have gained a lot of knowledge and experience. Our school's curriculum aims to provide them with appropriate opportunities for further intellectual, aesthetic, physical, personal, social, moral and spiritual growth. Our Curriculum aims to deepen children’s experiences by addressing all areas of learning through well-planned and imaginative activities through half termly or termly topics of interest. Children in the Reception Year continue to work towards Early Learning Goals which prepare them for the National Curriculum programmes that begin as they move into Year One and then Year Two.
We use Jolly Phonics as our introductory scheme for teaching a systematic synthetics approach to phonics in Reception. There are lots of additional resources available out there for parents, but we also send home activities so that families can support at home and understand what we are teaching and when. As the children move to Year 1 we move to using Phonics Play resources and follow the government recommended Letters and Sounds scheme for planning.
We have the same approach right through the school and every class has home lending resources to support reading at home too. We use a variety of the most well-known reading scheme resources such as Jolly Phonics and Songbirds which have a phonics approach, as well as colour banded resources from other schemes such as Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star. In addition, there are a range of quality 'real' books that have been levelled and added to the book trolleys for breadth and enjoyment. The children work their way through each colour band until they are confident and competent with the required skills. At that point, the teachers will assess them and potentially move them on to the next colour band.
Please click on the button below to see our leaflet about reading.
We are delighted to be able to provide swimming lessons by a qualified instructor during the second half of the summer term to every child in the school. This is because St Andrew's Junior School have an outdoor swimming pool on their site and they generously let us share the facility with them. We do ask for parental contributions to enable us to provide this excellent life skill tuition. Please have a look at our Swimming Information Leaflet to find out more about swimming at our school.
From time to time there are special events put on by a collaboration of the schools in the Witham area. This is part of our joint work for gifted and talented children providing extension or challenging activities. To date there have been a range of events over the years:
These events are usually 'one offs' organised by individual schools who then invite other schools to select a few pupils to attend. For a child to be selected, teachers of the relevant age group are asked to recommend children who have shown particular talent in that area of the curriculum during the year. In the case of sports events, heats are held to aid the selection process in which all the children participate. If we host an event we are obviously able to include more children than we could otherwise. We will always write to parents of the children selected for permission to include them if a) transport off site is involved or b) the event is out of school hours. Otherwise children will take part in school in normal school hours.