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Nyewood CE Infant School

Smiling, Caring and Learning Together on a Journey with God

Curriculum

The aim of our curriculum here at Nyewood is to offer each child a range of exciting and meaningful learning experiences to develop individual skills and talents; encouraging each child to see themselves as a lifelong learner.

Learning through play is a key, underpinning principle of our school. It is the most memorable way to learn, both as children and adults. Play allows us to experiment with new language, investigate our environment, organise our learning, practise newly acquired skills and concepts as well as experiencing both success and failure.

Children need to be given the time and space to explore, create, experience, discuss and express their ideas in many ways, encouraging self-confidence, which, in turn, leads to independence.

Most of the children’s learning is centred on a topic or theme, as this approach gives more interest and meaning to their learning and all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. Across the school, staff plan together to offer a range of exciting learning experiences which allow children to acquire, apply and develop new skills and concepts. These values underpin our teaching and learning.

At Nyewood we are very lucky to have some fantastic curriculum enrichment opportunities on our doorstep. We ensure we utilise these through our personalised curriculum and focus on things that are important to us as a school.

We have developed our school grounds to provide an intellectually stimulating and aesthetically pleasing environment with interesting areas for the children to explore, providing tactile and visual stimuli for all areas of the curriculum.

We have a church within walking distance meaning we can extend upon our RE curriculum even further. We visit for a number of reasons during the year, from celebrating Christmas and Easter, to sketching the features of a church. We are also privileged to have the beach locally and we try to use this for different aspects of our learning, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We also use different local areas to extend our ‘Terrific Take Offs’ (a start which will capture the children’s interest and imagination) and ‘Fantastic Finishes’ (an ending that reflects on, and celebrates, what the children have learnt). For example, our extensive school grounds and conservation area as well as our local allotments.

Finally, we have strong links with Nyewood CE Junior School, meaning transition from Year 2 to Year 3 happens smoothly and happily through well-structured activities and opportunities to visit before the end of term. 

If you have any questions or queries about the curriculum, please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s class teacher on their class surgery day, or make an appointment for another day that is more suited to you.