At Northfields Infants and Nursery School we believe that each child should have access to a rich, broad and differentiated curriculum. We achieve this through teaching a creative curriculum. This means that the teaching and learning for most subject areas are linked to a Topic. These Topics usually change on a half termly basis. Teaching in this way ensures that children are motivated and make excellent progress, ultimately our curriculum is designed to ensure every child is able to start his/her journey as a lifelong learner positively, confidently and successfully.
In the Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) we base our curriculum on the EYFS Statutory Framework and Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We cover all seven areas of learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design). We provide a balance of learning through play, group work and focused taught activities with an adult. The Foundation Stage is essentially child-centred allowing children to develop at their own pace. The adults work to provide appropriate experiences which support the child’s learning across the curriculum.
In the key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2) the curriculum covers the nine subjects of the National Curriculum (Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education). P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Religious Education are also taught in addition to the above subjects.
In all classes cross curricular links between topics and themes are exploited, so that the children are able to utilise skills in a range of different contexts. There are abundant opportunities for the children to develop their independence, as well as their research and communication skills. We have well-established transition plans in place with the next schools (when children move on to Key Stage 2) so that progression in learning continues.
Children also have the opportunity to experience Forest School sessions once in main school – from Reception onwards. This involves learning in the outdoors – promoting a love of nature, an appreciation for the natural world as well as developing co-operative skills, social emotional aspects of learning and resilience.
In due regard to the Equality Act (2010) and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations (2014) we ensure that our curriculum is individualised and differentiated to ensure that children with additional needs are able to access the learning in a successful and appropriate way.
We believe that to become successful life learners, children need to recognise the skills they use when they are learning and to value these skills.
We talk to children about the skills they need to use when learning. These include perseverance, collaboration, listening and managing distractions ( BLP Building Learning Power)
We also encourage independent thinking skills and to support this we use P4C (Philosophy for Children) across the whole school from Nursery-Reception-Year 1 and Year 2.