Learning and Teaching

Bromley Heath Infant School provides a rich, varied and creative curriculum and aims to combine excellence in teaching with enjoyment of learning.

Reception classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage follow a curriculum organised into three prime and four specific areas of learning.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age and is taught in Year 1 and Year 2. It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, ICT and Religious Education. Foundation subjects including Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, Music and PE are taught on a regular basis through a theme and skills based approach. Learning is organised into six areas of learning that reflect the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. In addition all children learn French.

It is our policy to ensure that all members of our school community have an equal opportunity to access the full curriculum. As part of our school philosophy, we run a program to support Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which includes Sex and Drugs Education (at an appropriate level). Parents may request to withdraw their children from Sex Education. Parents must put requests to withdraw their children in writing to the headteacher.

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the South Gloucestershire agreed syllabus. Parents can, if they wish, excuse their chid from collective worship and/or religious education lessons. Any request to withdraw your child from RE or collective worship should be put in writing to the headteacher.

As children move through the school they are encouraged to supplement their learning by completing homework. Initially this will take the form of regular reading and practicing sounds (at home); by Year 2 there will also be spellings and occasional research projects.

Parents are kept informed about their child’s learning through Parent Teacher consultations in October/November and March and regular newsletters outlining curriculum coverage in each year group.

Healthy Lifestyle – Fit for Learning

As a Healthy School, Bromley Heath Infant School strongly encourages the children to lead a healthy lifestyle. The playground and field allow pupils to engage in an active lifestyle. We have been awarded Activemark which recognises our provision of at least 2 hours activity each week. We promote fitness for learning, embracing initiatives that provide fruit for all children, wake and shake and regular access to drinking water. Our play areas are specifically designed for different age groups and to cater for the full range of needs.