At Crest Infant and Nursery School we believe that we are educating the whole child and providing that child with skills, knowledge and attitudes for life. It is essential that children are highly motivated, interested and have a sense of their own achievements. Both teachers and parents have a role to play in maintaining positive attitudes to learning and thereby enhancing the child’s self-esteem.
Our curriculum is based on the existing Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum and reflects a wide and varied learning experience which is enriched through creative contexts and a values based learning community, focusing on developing children’s’ character. We are committed to developing the whole child.
The Crest School Curriculum enables all children to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their full potential
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
- individuals who understand the value of learning and who continue that process through their lives
The Crest School Curriculum is developed around values based learning (STAR Learners) which:
- promotes personal development
- supports equality of opportunity,
- develops spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth
- celebrates the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
- develops an understanding of the environment as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration that needs to be protected
The curriculum at Crest School will:
- promote high standards of academic and personal, social and emotional development
- promote a positive engagement with, and commitment to, learning
- provide continued entitlement from early years to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
- instil in children a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learn
- promote and pass on essential skills, knowledge and understanding valued by society to the next generation
- be relevant to children and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future
- widen horizons and raise aspirations
- make children more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communities
- help children recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing and success
As a result of working as we do, our children:
will have fun,
will be more actively and independently involved,
will develop learning skills more quickly, as each one is connected to and reinforced by the other,
will be more confident and better motivated,
will present with fewer behavioural, social and emotional needs as a result of being immersed in engaging experiences
The curriculum map shows the learning units undertaken each term in each year group. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible under a broad theme or based around a key text, to ensure that each term the learning is creative, exciting and has a clear context. The units are specifically designed to ensure there is a clear progression in knowledge, content and skills learning across the school.
Whole School Projects
Whole school projects at our school provide a further inspirational context for learning and provide opportunities to show progression in learning across the school. These are planned yearly and include projects based on music from key composers, paintings from artists across the world, places of interest and high quality texts and picture books. Each year group will develop a scheme of work to develop the learning for each project in the way most relevant and stimulating for their children.
Units of Learning (themes)
Our curriculum map reflects our belief in the importance of cross curricular learning which makes clear links between different subject areas within a meaningful overall context. The context provided is sometimes a theme and sometimes a key text, which is then used by year groups as the basis for planning with a focus on enquiry based learning. Children become immersed in the context and learning becomes purposeful and meaningful. Children are actively involved in asking questions, investigating, hypothesising and driving their learning forward.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Nursery and Reception children follow the EYFS Curriculum, which prepares them for the National Curriculum. There are three prime areas: Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication & Language and four specific areas: Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design. We believe that we are developing the whole child and, in the reception classes, children receive opportunities to develop independence, social skills and a sense of responsibility, as well as the more formal areas of writing, reading, etc.
Find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage – Characteristics of Effective Learning here.
Curriculum Framework for Reception – click on the link to find out more about how we organise the EYFS curriculum framework for our children. This may change as we work from the children’s interests as well.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
Key Stage 1 applies to children of compulsory school age, i.e. aged five to seven years. The National Curriculum is only part of the school’s broader curriculum. There are four core subjects: English, Mathematics & Science and seven foundation subjects: History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, Computing and Design & Technology. Children also study Religious Education and Personal, Social & Health Education. The school plans the curriculum carefully for all children and we ensure that there is continuity between the curriculum provided for the children in the Reception classes and those children who are being taught in Years 1 and 2. Please click on the links below for an overview of each subject:
- English (including how we teach phonics and reading)
- Design & Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious & Moral Education
- Personal, Social & Health Education & Citizenship
Year 1 Curriculum Planning
Year 2 Curriculum Planning
Find our more about the National Curriculum here