Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School
As an infant and nursery school, we are able to offer our children and school community a robust 4-year package of education. This focuses on vital learning skills needed for life such as phonics, reading, understanding and application of maths and citizenship skills in a learning journey across 4 years which nurtures individuals and fulfils our vision statement to develop engaged lifelong learners.
One of the key values that we have at our school is ‘Learn and Let Others Learn’ which sits within our school vision and aims of igniting children’s passion for lifelong learning though inspiring and enriching experiences. With this driving the core of what we do, our rationale for learning and teaching and how that is reflected throughout the curriculum is evident.
Whilst we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum for Years 1 and 2, our curriculum has been crafted to provide rich and meaningful first hand experiences. Half termly topics reflect real life contexts and opportunities for children to engage in enquiry and skill based learning as well as situations where they can solve problems and take on challenges to extend their expertise.
As far as possible, learning experiences are cross curricular so that children make connections across all subjects in a purposeful way. Part of this experience includes immersion opportunities in curricular areas thereby promoting opportunities for deep and sustained learning. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of learning are a feature of our learning as is the emphasis on citizenship. These aspects are evident across our school and it’s workings from School Council and Eco to community engagement in school life and a strong connection to the arts.
Children’s ideas are gathered from their feedback, Family Tapestry work, School Council ideas and current affairs. These contributions are carefully woven into the curriculum and can be readily seen in Supermagic Days, Focus Weeks, school visits/visitors and school projects. Staff work with children on pre and post topic mind maps to ensure that the curriculum is aspirational.
The result is the delivery of a curriculum which reflects the school’s vision, values and children’s contributions; where basic skills remain a crucial element but where the curriculum style is such as the seeds of lifelong learners are carefully nourished and enabled to thrive.