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The Curriculum

The Curriculum




We deliver the National Curriculum as laid down by the Department for Education and Skills in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). This consists of core subjects : 


English (including drama), Maths, Science, ICT and RE and Foundation Subjects: 


Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Art. PE, PSHE and Citizenship and IT


Year R complete the Foundation Stage Curriculum which is delivered through the following key areas:


  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
  • Self- confidence  and awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Making relationships
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Number
  • Shape, .space and measure
  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self care


At Shakespeare Infant School we believe that the Early Years of Education are crucial in developing a love of learning and the start of life long learning.


Whilst the key skills in English and Maths are vital and these underpin all of our curriculum as well as being taught discretely, we also firmly believe that learning should be FUN, CREATIVE, HANDS ON and encourage PROBLEM SOLVING AND ENQUIRY.


Therefore our curriculum is broad, balanced and allows time for all subjects to be valued. We provide many wonderful, stimulating opportunities for our children throughout there time with us. The following gives a flavour of these:


  • Stimulating educational visits and visitors linked to themes being taught in class
  • Engaging hooks leading the children into an interesting projects, a clear outcome and often there are opportunities for parents to be involved at the end of the project eg an exhibition


  • Where possible we enhance our History themes with lots of actual artefacts. We hire Resource Boxes from a History resource centre.



  • Fun Day is our way of experiencing a range of sporting activities both competitive and just for fun!  This is supported by colleagues who run our after school clubs and colleagues and students from Crestwood College.


We devote a minimum of an hour each day to the teaching of literacy (the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening), and a minimum of forty-five minutes each day to the teaching of numeracy (the skills of mathematics).  Where possible literacy and numeracy are integrated into the projects and themes.


We also endeavour to give the children an understanding of personal, social, moral, spiritual and health education, citizenship, drama, an awareness of the world of work and inter-cultural understanding.  We value our extensive, well developed grounds and shared pond as learning resources.


Teaching Hours


As an Infant School, Key Stage One, we provide 21 ½ hours of teaching time per week.  This includes playtimes, assemblies. Maths and English are taught every day in each class.




We welcome your support in working with your child at home to reinforce and/or extend work in the classroom.  Sharing books with your child, literacy activities, home learning projects are some of the activities you might be asked to support your child in as they move through the school.  You will be informed of the particular tasks for your child at the start of the year.


Homework is sent home on a weekly basis in Year 1 and Year 2.  Year R children work towards this throughout the year.   Each child has a homework/reading diary.


Learning to read is a priority for young children therefore you need to share 3 reading books each week, with your child in order for him / her to practice reading.


A full copy of our homework policy is available in school.