Eling Infant School is a fun, vibrant place where children are nurtured and encouraged to achieve high standards. We respect individuality and are very proud of the children’s personal achievements. We value the partnership we have with parents and together, we strive to equip our children with the skills and aptitudes they will need to become resilient, independent, creative learners and thinkers of the future. We are fully committed to the principle that all children are entitled to a high quality education.
Ofsted May 2016 - 'The curriculum is well planned and promotes good levels of imagination and creativity. Topics enable pupils memorable experiences...Use of the local community enriches experiences...'
We are very proud of our approach to curriculum design at Eling. We teach a broad, balanced curriculum which engages pupils’ interests as well as teaching them important skills. Topics and learning opportunities are carefully selected to inspire both boys and girls. Within each topic we develop pupils’ understanding of ‘British values’ to prepare them for life in modern Britain.
The children are taught to accept responsibility for their behaviour and develop a sense of right and wrong. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is at the heart of learning at Eling. Pupils learn to respect and appreciate religious and cultural differences, treat each other with respect and understand different points of view. Through ‘pupil voice’, school council and philosophy for children, they begin to learn about the democratic process and the ‘laws of the land’.
We know that young children learn best when they are totally involved and understand the purpose to lessons. We work hard to ensure that learning opportunities are tailored to children’s individual needs. Careful continuous assessment of children’s current knowledge and understanding enables us to focus on ‘next steps’ in learning, and provides valuable insight into the interests of the children so we can shape our ‘topics’ to heighten engagement and maximise learning outcomes. We use drama, dance, music, and art, to stimulate our children to learn. We also use Philosophy for Children (P4C), to encourage children to question, discuss, debate and reach common understanding.
We use ideas from Guy Claxton’s ‘Building Learning Power to help the children become effective learners.
We teach children to develop good learning habits through our ‘learning friends’.
The mouse who demonstrates resourcefulness (being able to ask questions, make links, make good use of equipment and resources, being ready to learn in new ways and using imagination to consider possibilities).
The elephant who demonstrates reflectiveness (being self-aware, thinking about what has been learnt, evaluating strengths and weaknesses, adapting, changing and revising work).
The meerkat who knows how to have good relationships (knowing when its best to work alone or with others, knowing when to take initiative or let others take the lead, listening and learning from others, showing empathy and consideration to their views).
The spider who demonstrates resilience (showing perseverance, sticking to challenges and managing distractions).
Year R children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum.
RE is taught in accordance with the County syllabus, ‘Living Difference’. Christian traditions are looked at alongside other religions and beliefs.
Assembly or ‘Collective Worship’ is a special time during our school day where all staff and children come together to address values and morals with a broadly Christian theme.
We offer a broad range of clubs for children to enjoy after school including dance, drama, art, tennis and multipsorts.
These provide valuable opportunities and enrich learning. Visitors such as artists, musicians and theatre groups are also invited into school to add breadth and stimulation to children’s learning.