Hornchurch Academy Trust
Upminster Infants 4

The School Day

8.45am Doors open - Registration time begins
8.55am Doors close
9.00 – 10.00am Session 1
10.00 -10.15am Assembly
10.15 – 10.30am Playtime
10.45 – 12.00pm Session 2
12.00 – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15 -1.20pm PM registration
1.20 -3.00pm PM Session
3.00pm Reception & Year 1 home time
3.05pm Year 2 home time


Reception

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. The Early Years curriculum emphasises three prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical

The curriculum breaks down into four further areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Teaching in Reception is organised through a range of approaches and provides a balance of child initiated and adult-led activities:

  • Planned focused activities where adults work with a small group of children at a time. Teachers will differentiate the activity to meet the needs of every child participating.
  • Small group teaching of early reading and writing through a phonics based programme based on the phonics programme letters and sounds
  • Whole class teaching for short periods of time such as shared storytime, direct teaching (for example of maths), songs and rhymes, discussions and sharing work.
  • Opportunities for teachers to work alongside children as they develop their own interests in particular areas of the curriculum.

Years 1 & 2

Within KS1Maths and Literacy are predominately taught in the morning along with a discrete phonics lesson. IPC is taught in the afternoon. The IPC is our International Primary Curriculum for children aged 5 - 11 years old. It is used by over 730 schools in 92 countries worldwide.

It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.

Teaching in Key Stage 1 is organised through a range of approaches and provides a balance of child initiated and adult-led activities:

  • Whole class teaching for sessions including Numeracy and Literacy this would include direct teaching (for example of maths place value), along with distinct teaching the children are encouraged to share their knowledge through discussions and sharing work.
  • Planned focused activities where adults work with a small group of children at a time. Teachers will differentiate the activity to meet the needs of every child participating.
  • Small group teaching of early reading and writing through a phonics based programme based on the phonics programme letters and sounds.