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 designed as a thematic approach (in 2018/19 we decided to trial having the same theme across the school from YR – Y2). This is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. We try to initiate topics we know the children have an interest in (and in the EYFS, stemming from the children’s interests), in order to maximise engagement and enthuse our learners.

We believe a thematic approach allows learning to be more natural and less fragmented enabling connected ideas to follow on easily and for children to make necessary links in their learning.

It allows literacy to grow progressively, with vocabulary linked and with spelling and sentence writing being frequently, yet smoothly, reinforced across curriculum areas.

Our aim is that as a result of working in a thematic approach, 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

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.


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:


Year 1 Curriculum Planning

Curriculum Overview for Year 1

Year 1 Spelling Appendix

Year 1 Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Appendix

Year 2 Curriculum Planning

Curriculum Overview for Year 2

Year 2 Year 2 Spelling Appendix

Year 2 Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Appendix


Find our more about the National Curriculum here