Curriculum Intent: What are trying to achieve?
At Newnham Infant and Nursery School, our intention is that our children are engaged, enjoy their learning and embed skills and knowledge through the meaningful, memorable, inclusive, ambitious and relevant curriculum we are developing.
Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first-hand experiences, allow children to develop independence as well as interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers ready for the next stage of their education.
Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour and a positive and caring attitude towards other people. Our curriculum also enables children to develop an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
Our curriculum focusses on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all EYFS Areas of Learning and National Curriculum subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning.
We have a systematic approach to the teaching and learning of basic skills. Spoken language, vocabulary development, reading, writing and number are taught and practised daily to enable our children to acquire the skills to access the wider curriculum and learn independently.
As a school, we promote British Values to ensure children understand the importance of democracy, the rule of law, rights and responsibilities, respect and tolerance. We have a School Council who lead on a variety of school, local and national issues and events. This enables all children to have a voice and contribute to the projects undertaken by the School Council.
Our curriculum includes Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education to ensure children know how to keep themselves safe (both in person and online), including how to take calculated risks, how to keep themselves emotionally and physically healthy and how to respect others.
We want our curriculum to develop new opportunities, inspire and empower children to become confident, life-long learners. It will also enable our children to live happy, healthy, respectful and productive lives and inspire them to ‘be the best that we can be.’