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.
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.