At Brookside Infant School we aim to inspire our children by providing meaningful and memorable learning experiences through an exciting, stimulating and balanced curriculum. We ensure that all children are able to work in a safe and secure environment and are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and challenge themselves. We believe that engagement is the key to children making good progress alongside a strong home school partnership.
We aim to deliver an inclusive curriculum where differences are celebrated and all children enjoy equal opportunities. We aim to instil a strong sense of personal integrity and responsibility whereby children learn to care for themselves and others. We support them in developing principles for distinguishing between right and wrong. Pupils are encouraged to respect others and the environment in which they live. This involves valuing their place in the local community of Harold Hill.
We believe that the characteristics of effective learning in the Foundation Stage must continue to be nurtured and built upon throughout a child’s journey through Key Stage One. These characteristics, as outlined in Development Matters, are as follows:
Playing and Exploring – Engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to 'have a go'
Active Learning – Motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Choosing ways to do things
- Making Links
We take a dynamic thematic approach to developing children as learners. We encourage them to become independent by providing opportunities for them to make choices and explore for themselves. Teaching skills and learning dispositions such as being resourceful, resilient and reflective are high on our agenda. We strive to teach children to work both collaboratively, and independently. We enable pupils to develop their physical skills and promote their personal wellbeing. Through this approach children will engage fully in their learning, be able to evaluate their own progress and identify their next steps. In this way they will make consistently good progress on their learning journey.