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Aldercar Infant & Nursery School

AldercarInfant & Nursery School

Where the children are the stars

Our Curriculum

Vision Statement / Intent

To provide a rich, broad, balanced and exciting curriculum which allows for all of our children to explore, wonder and question. Where subject knowledge and skills are taught sequentially, building on prior knowledge and leading up to a meaningful, relevant outcome.

A curriculum which shows the BIGGER PICTURE, encouraging and developing a thirst for knowledge, which in turn promotes the attitudes, values and skills to becoming a life-long learner. Our curriculum is designed to find the strengths of all of our children and enable them to deepen their learning and understanding of the world in which they live, both locally in the community and globally. 

Deep learners join their learning to the BIGGER PICTURE, developing their awareness and understanding of the contributions they can make to the world, helping to create a future they want to live in.



Being an INCLUSIVE school, each child accesses the same learning opportunities, with the same high expectations. A consistent approach throughout the school is applied by all staff, creating a safe, secure environment in which our children develop the confidence, independence, respect and skills required for learning. Our topics, chosen with the children’s interests in mind, centre around a global theme using a high-quality core text which helps to bring the themes to life for our children.

For our staff to concentrate on small, sequential progression steps and skills, we begin our planning with the end (a meaningful, relevant outcome) very clearly in mind. Key knowledge, vocabulary and speaking and listening opportunities encourage our children to begin to reflect, explain, justify and question. We are developing the use of our learning environment to show how our learning is organised, represented and adapted.

Our Six global learning themes

  • Social justice and equity
  • Identity and diversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Peace and conflict
  • Human rights
  • Power and governance


Our Curriculum will develop a growing awareness and understanding by our children of love, friendship, respect and responsibility and the ability to start thinking about similarities and differences, promoting acceptance, diversity, citizenship and human rights. Their attainment and progress will be in line or exceed their potential.

Our children will actively:                                    

  • experiment and play with possibilities
  • research and seek information
  • clarify/review existing ideas and change accordingly
  • deepen their understanding through sequential learning
  • make and test theories
  • decide what is right and wrong
  • develop an awareness of how their own actions can impact others and the wider community.
  • develop attitudes and dispositions to make a positive contribution to the world – becoming a GLOBAL CITIZEN.
  • make connections between prior and new learning.
  • be resilient to try new ways
  • respond well to set backs/getting something wrong

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

Our children learn through play, in the following seven areas of learning:

  1. Personal and social development
  2. Physical development
  3. Communication and language
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the world
  7. Expressive arts and design

Further information on the EYFS programme of study is available here:
EYFS Long-term planning

As an Embark school, we have worked closely with the trust to create a set of checkpoints which help us to assess our children, and monitor their progress towards Early Learning Goals.  Please click the links below to find out more about the Embark EYFS checkpoints:

EYFS Embark checkpoints
2 year old provision checkpoints

Key Stage One Curriculum (KS1)

You can find more information about the key stage one programmes of study here:
Primary Curriculum KS1 programme of study
Key Stage 1 Long term plan

Please click on the links below for further information about our planning and policies.


Our Curriculum Policy
Maths Policy
English Policy
Phonics Policy
Handwriting Policy

Subject overviews

Mathematics overview Year 1 
Mathematics overview Year 2 
English overview Year 1 
English overview Year 2

Curriculum Intents:

Art intent
Computing intent
Humanities intent
Maths intent
Music intent
PE intent
Science intent 

Further information

Each class will hold a meeting at the beginning of the academic year, where parents/carers will be invited in to find out more about our curriculum, and to meet the class teacher.  If you would like to discuss anything specific, please contact the school office on 01773 713428 to make an appointment with your child's class teacher.