Our Curriculum Intent
As an Infant and Nursery school, we passionately believe in developing the whole child. Not only do we want to educate our children but we also want to nurture them and help them grow into well rounded individuals. We know that getting the basics right and laying the foundations academically and emotionally at this early stage will support future successes if done well. To enable this to happen, we need our children’s first experiences of school to be positive and successful. We achieve this by ensuring that we know our children as individuals and that we provide a curriculum that is interesting and engaging for all our children which in turn leads to them becoming successful learners. We believe this approach gives them a safe and secure start to their formal education. We work closely with our feeder junior school to ensure curriculum progression between Key Stages 1 and 2. When our children join our Nursery or Reception class, we endeavour to build strong relationships with parents, recognising that for many of them, this is their first contact with a school since they left school themselves. We want to work with parents to help children develop values to enable them to recognise and understand their feelings; to be able to reflect and express these and then to begin to develop coping mechanisms and resilience through skills and language. We want them, at an age appropriate level, to understand that they have a contribution to make to our community and the wider society. We want our children to be enthusiastic learners who gain independence and have a good understanding of their place in the world. We want them to have and to be excited about learning. We want them to learn empathy with an understanding of diversity and to be open-minded. This is particularly important in our context, which is predominantly white-British.