learningAt 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.

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.


Reception Themes

Marvellous Me



Traditional Tales

People Who Help Us



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 Themes








Year 2 Themes


Myths and Legends

Around the UK


Around the World

Traditional Tales



National Curriculum 2014

Year 1

Year 1 Spelling Appendix

Year 1 Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Appendix

Year 2 Year 2 Spelling Appendix

Year 2 Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Appendix


Find our more about the National Curriculum here