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St Nicolas Church of England Infant School

Caring about Learning

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St Nicolas Church of England Infant School

Caring about Learning

Curriculum

At St Nicolas', we believe that every school is an individual organisation with its own characteristics and needs; as such, our curriculum is at the heart of our school’s purpose as it is the vehicle through which our children learn, and is what differentiates St Nicolas’ from any other learning organisation. We also believe that high standards and quality learning are best achieved through a creative approach and consider the curriculum to be a source of enquiry and personal development, ‘a true, rich learning journey leading to skills knowledge and understanding…that will equip children for both the present and future’1.  As a result, this school has taken the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the new National Curriculum for Key Stage One and tailored its approach to these along a creative, flexible, cross-curricular model, responsive and relevant to the needs and interests of our infant-age children.
 

Our topics are on a 2 year cycle (except for Beech class)

Cycle 1:

Class Aut 1 Aut 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Beech Toy Stories Once Upon a Time How can I Help you? Fur and feathers It's a Bear! Splish, Sposh, Splash
Chestnut Stores Superheroes India The Stone Age Inventions Exciting Explorers
Cherry Stories Superheroes Brazil Animals Inventions Exciting Explorers
Oak Stories Superheroes China China Inventions The Play is the Thing!

 

Cycle 2:

Class Aut 1 Aut 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Chestnut 3,2,1 Lift Off! Good Night India           The Stone Age Home Sweet Home Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
Cherry 3,2,1 Lift Off! Good Night Brazil    Animals Home sweet Home Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
Oak 3,2,1 Lift Off! Good Night China China Home Sweet Home The Play is the Thing!


Precise details for both the EYFS curriculum and the KS1 curriculum are available through the links on the FS and KS1 pages above.

 

As  a school, we use Jolly Phonics and Letters & Sounds as the primary vehicles to teach children their phonic knowledge and skills.

Oxford Reading Tree as our main reading scheme supplemented widely at all levels with books from a range of other sources to ensure depth of learning, particularly fluency and comprehension.

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