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Ofsted November 2014

‘Outstanding teaching across the school inspires the pupils to want to learn and do well.’

‘Pupils’ excellent opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpin their outstanding learning. They appreciate the value of differing beliefs and are keen to celebrate other’s successes.’

‘Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. They are very polite and exceptionally enthusiastic about their work.’

‘Pupils feel extremely safe at school because members of the staff provide a high standard of care. They teach them about safety and how to stay safe.’

‘Pupils achievement is outstanding.’

‘The curriculum is rich and varied and provides valuable and meaningful experiences for the pupils, preparing them well for life in modern Britain.’ 

Subsequent visits from County and annual test results confirm that the school is still outstanding.

Our Creative Curriculum

At Fulmer Infant School, children are taught using a creative curriculum where subjects are linked by topics and learning is made more meaningful.  

Click here to visit the National Curriculum online National Curriculum

Children contribute to the direction of the topics. Subjects that do not naturally fit into the theme are taught as discrete units.

 

Reception

  • Autumn Term: All About Me. The World Around Me
  • Spring Term: People Who Help Us. Growing, Lifecycles and Minibeasts
  • Summer Term: Traditional Tales. Animals and Habitats

owls

Reception children have loved their owl baby topic, which has produced some wonderful  opportunities for writing and expressive arts and design, including collecting natural materials to make nests for their baby owls!

 

Year 1

  • Autumn Term: Fighting Fit, Space
  • Spring Term: Famous People – Writers and Inventors, Growing and Changing
  • Summer Term: Houses and Homes, Oceans and Islands

        

Trip to the Science Museum                          Trip to Windsor Castle

 

Year 2

  • Autumn Term: Food, Fire
  • Spring Term: Famous Leaders
  • Summer Term:Auastralia,  Rain Forests

 

             

  

Models using electric circuits                                                         The four layers of the Rainforest

 

Enriching the Curriculum

The curriculum is enhanced by a number of trips throughout the year, for example to the Science Museum, the Iver Environmental Centre, the Roald Dahl Museum, Windsor Castle, River and Boat museum and Pizza Express.

Each Friday, a class spends time in our garden learning how to grow a variety of plants and food which they then sell to their parents. Thank you to  Sue Kirby and her volunteer parents who run this club. All volunteers have DBS checks.

There are also enriching traditions such as the children baking their own Christmas cakes, designing and publishing their own Christmas cards, country dancing with local schools, Easter bonnet parades, outside learning in our outdoor writing hut, raising chicks (see the time-lapse video of a hatching chick below), musical morning for Mothers’ day, Christmas and Summer productions, fund raising for a variety of charities, World Book Day activities and much, much more.

 

Follow this link to watch the first chick hatch: Hatching Chick

Outdoor learning in a teepee

Outdoor learning in a Teepee

 

Reading

Reading is taught through phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. The Oxford Reading Tree is the main reading scheme, which is enhanced by a range of other schemes. We hear each child read three times a week. Each child's progress in reading is tracked once a month and further support is put in place if required, for example the child will be heard to read every day. The school's reading results are consistently above the national average.

There is a well stocked library which every child uses once a week. The books are updated throughout the year as each child is loaned a brand new title to celebrate their birthday which is then returned to the library. The school also buys into the County service which does an annual audit and replenishes old stock.

We are very grateful to Mrs Khan, a former parent, who runs the library. All volunteers have DBS checks.

 

Buddy reading on World Book Day