Curriculum Overview
Learning Growing Achieving Together


Development can only take place when children are actively involved, when they are occupied with a high, non-stop degree of concentration, when they are interested, when they give themselves completely, when they use all their (mental) abilities to invent and make new things and when this gives them a high degree of satisfaction and pleasure.” Ferre Laevers


At Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School we are passionate about instilling a love of learning in all children. We provide an enjoyable and engaging curriculum that builds upon children’s interests, leading to excellent outcomes. We aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent and resilient learners. High value is placed on supporting children to be curious and creative learners who think for themselves and ask questions about events that take place in the world around them. All stakeholders understand the value of learning dispositions for lifelong learning. Being resourceful, building relationships, being resilient, taking calculated risks and being reflective are golden threads that permeate throughout our curriculum.


Our pedagogy values the rights of the child and recognises each child as a unique, competent learner, curious and capable of constructing their own learning. Educators listen to the children’s enquiries and facilitate their research. As active learners, children take risks, persist, and test their hypotheses. We enable children to have an active role in school and within the community. Our approach is research and evidence based and references the work of Froebel and the pre-schools and toddler centres in Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy. We do this through ongoing research and through membership of the Sightlines Network.


To support our children to become inclusive and caring citizens in modern Britain, we provide a culturally rich and diverse education. We are committed to being an actively anti-racist school. We ensure that the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and in particular RE, PSHE and assemblies. 


We are committed to working in support of the UN’s Sustainable Global Goals, recognised by our long-standing accreditation as a Green Flag ECO School. We understand that our environment has a profound effect on how we feel, how we learn, how we perform and how well we relate to others. Whether educating children inside or outside, the environment we create is carefully considered to ensure quality, effective, learning experiences that will last a lifetime.


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The curriculum has been carefully planned to enable children to develop the knowledge and skills that they will need for the next step in their learning journey. Learning is sequenced so that the intended curriculum for each year group builds on what has been taught before and children work towards clear end points. There is a broad range of subjects linked to the Early Years and National Curriculum. Educators make meaningful links between subjects wherever possible. This allows children to connect new knowledge with existing knowledge to help them remember it.


Please have a look at each curriculum page to learn more about each subject. Each subject area has a clear progression of knowledge and skills. 

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