In September 2014 all maintained schools will be following the new National Curriculum. This provides an excellent opportunity for schools to revisit the curriculum it offers and make adjustments where appropriate. At Charlwood Village Infant School we believe that the curriculum should meet the needs of the individuals in the class as this may change from year to year. As a result of this we frequently adjust our topics to meet the needs and interests of the class. In each year group there is a focus topic for the term or half-term, this could be based around a historical theme, a particular book, science or geographical theme. The other curriculum area skills then fit around the topic. Throughout the year we ensure that there is balance and breadth in the curriculum. Topic focuses for each half-term can be found on this website under the class pages or in your child's Homework Diary.
Each year group swims within the academic year. Year 2 swim in the autumn term, Year 1 in the spring term and Early Years in the summer term. Children swim at Dorking Swimming Centre. At Charlwood Infant School we believe that swimming is an essential life skill. All pupils are expected to attend these sessions. Pupils must have goggles for swimming sessions as research shows that water can damage their eyes over a long period of time if not protected. The cost to swim each week is £3. Each year group swims for 8 weeks, they spend approximately 45 minutes in the pool at each session. Our PTA fund a swimming hat for each child which must be worn for all swimming sessions following Dorking Leisure Centre Policy.
Trips and Visitors
To inspire our pupils we take our pupils on trips to gain first hand experience of their topic, for example a trip to London to see all of the landmarks for their learning on The Great Fire of London. We also ask specialists to come into school for example musicians and drama experts. These experiences are aimed to enhance pupil learning and inspire them to want to learn more. All school trips will be notified to the parents, by letter, in advance. We do not post destinations of our trips on our website until after the event. Our trips and visitors are usually subsidised by our super PTA.