Science and non core subjects

Science

At Hampton Infant School, the science curriculum provides children with an increasing knowledge and understanding of the world around them and beyond. Our curriculum enables children to explore and question their surroundings, preparing them for life in an increasingly evolving and scientific world and giving them an understanding of how to preserve the environment.

At HISN, scientific enquiry skills are used in each topic the children study and these topics are revisitied and develo-ped throughout their time at the school. The topics of Plants, Animals including Humans and materials are taught in years 1 and 2. This allows children to build upon prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding knowledge in their long term memory. In EYFS, children also explore science by developing knowledge and understanding of the world. 

All Children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observation and investigations, as well as develop effective questioning skills and becoming independent learners. Vocabulary for each topic is taught and built on every term.

Science based workshops and visits are arranged to enrich children’s subject knowledge and capture their interest. Hampton Infant School hold a STEM week which is a whole school event in which children have a week devoted to exploring different elements of Science such as engineering

History

At Hampton Infants we want the children to start gaining a solid knowledge and understanding of both Britain’s past and also that of the wider world. We want to inspire all children to want to learn more about the past, to think critically and develop their own perspective and judgement. This starts in the Early Years, where children are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They are also supported to begin to have an understanding of sequencing as well as recognising similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

In Key Stage 1 this is then developed as the children gain a deeper awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They are also taught where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. The children are encouraged to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. We want children to be equipped to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. As well as this, they are taught to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Geography

Teaching Geography allows children to develop a curiosity about the world around them and to understand their place in it. We want to equip children with knowledge about different places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

We want the children to be able to collect, analyse and communicate a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes as well as have the ability to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams and globes. The children also develop their abilities to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing.

 In the Early years at Hampton Infant School we plan and assess through seventeen different areas of learning, geographical learning might occur in many of these but in particular 'Understanding the world' is key to the development of their geographical education. These skills are then further developed in Key Stage 1, where our pupils learn in more detail about the wider world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They also are taught more subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. 

Music

At Hampton infant school we promote a love for Music through singing, music teaching with a music specialist and extra curricular instrumental music lessons. Singing is taught in class and in dedicated singing assemblies and children in year two are given the opportunity to join our choir which performs out of school. Music is enjoyed in Music lessons with the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments through the exploration of different musical elements. There is a clear progression of knowledge and skills developed from reception to year two each year building on the previous year through music schemes of work.​

Computing

Children growing up today are immersed in new technologies. In the home, at school and when they are out and about. Technology is embedded in children’s everyday experiences from remote control devices, televisions, computers, tablets and phones.  Our computing curriculum ensures that we equip our children as active participants in the digital world we live in. As part of our computing curriculum at Hampton Infants, we will be teaching our children how to use technology safety and respectfully, keeping personal information private and making sure they understand where they can go if they encounter anything that worries them online. Our children will be taught how to use technology purposefully, to understand what algorithms are and how they are implemented on digital devices and to create and debug simple programs.

Music

At Hampton infant school we promote a love for Music through singing, music teaching with a music specialist and extra curricular instrumental music lessons. Singing is taught in class and in dedicated singing assemblies and children in year two are given the opportunity to join our choir which performs out of school. Music is enjoyed in Music lessons with the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments through the exploration of different musical elements. There is a clear progression of knowledge and skills developed from reception to year two each year building on the previous year through music schemes of work.​

Art

At Hampton Infants School and Nursery we wish to nurture creative children who become inspired through our art curriculum. It is important to us that all children realise their potential as artists and this means them exploring their creativity through a number of different forms.

It is important that children are able to express themselves through art and that there is a progression in the skills that they are practising. Throughout their time at Hampton Infants School the children are taught about the works of a number of different artists and their styles. It is beneficial for the children to establish links between their own work and the work of artists from a range of different technical backgrounds, both classical and contemporary.

At Hampton Infants School we value the role that art and creativity have within other subjects as well as being taught as a separate discipline. Our art ambassadors are a group of children that demonstrate a passion for art and creativity and throughout the year will be given opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities.

Design and Technology

Our design and technology curriculum is designed to inspire the children to develop their creative skills. The children explore a range of existing products while also being given opportunities to design and create their own. Children will design products for a number of different purposes that are useful and relevant to their everyday lives. During the design process children are given the opportunities and time to develop and effectively communicate their ideas. The aim isn’t to already have a perfect design but develop their skills through a natural development.

The children will be able to use a variety of tools throughout their time at Hampton Infants School. They will select the suitable tools and materials for their task whilst being taught the correct terminology. Part of our design technology curriculum is for the children to have the ability to evaluate both their own products and existing products, recognising the elements that are successful and those that could be improved.

Religious Education

In RE, our aim is to broaden children’s awareness, understanding and tolerance of different belief systems and cultures. It is an important part of our curriculum to give children the knowledge and understanding that they need for our ever growing, diverse world. R.E enables our pupils to develop an understanding about world religions as well as empathy with people and their beliefs. Respect and kindness is at the heart of every lesson that we teach.  R.E strongly promotes the development SMSC; the children are continuously reflective and able to voice their own thoughts and views. We enable pupils to explore some of the key ideas and concepts of major world faiths, and to share their experiences and cultures in a safe and caring environment.

Physical Education

Physical Education can develop a variety of abilities. These are; physical, social, cognitive, psychological and creativity.  At Hampton Infant School and Nursery we provide a high-quality, inclusive and creative PE curriculum for all children to have the opportunity to be successful and excel in each ability. 

Our objectives through teaching PE are:

  • - for children to lead healthy, active lives.
  • - to ensure children are physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • - to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • - to engage in competitive sports and activities.

We teach a variety of physical activities that are fun, engaging and that promotes the opportunity for children to become increasingly competent and confident. Some of these activities include; dance, gymnastics, multi skills, fundamental movement skills and outdoor adventurous activities. 

There are also many opportunities for children to take part in extracurricular activities to further develop their abilities in specific sports and physical activities. These include; dance, gymnastics, football, tennis and multi-sports.