At Somercotes Infant and Nursery School, we offer a positive climate where children are encouraged to develop their learning, practise their skills and become confident learners through cross-curricular themes. These cross-curricular themes have been designed and chosen by the children. The children are at the heart of our curriculum. Together, we have developed a curriculum rich with innovative and exciting learning opportunities built upon our core, underpinning values of ‘dream, believe, achieve.’

Taking a thematic approach, the curriculum is organised under topic headings for EYFS and Key Stage 1 (see curriculum overview). In EYFS, the children are aiming towards the Early Learning Goals (from Development Matters) and the work is differentiated according to both the children’s needs and age band. In Key Stage 1, we ensure breath and balance in the foundation subjects linked to the National Curriculum.

Due to mixed age group classes, we run a 2-year programme of topics. Each topic is launched with a ‘stunning start’ and then has a ‘marvellous middle’ and closes with a ‘fabulous finish’ (see termly map).

At Somercotes Infant and Nursery, we actively promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. We uphold and teach children about the fundamental ‘British Values’ which are defined as: democracy; rule of law; individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. Our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for children to explore these values, along with the delivery of assemblies and PSHE.

Safeguarding the children is our priority. We ensure that safeguarding is always at the forefront of our mind when delivering the curriculum. We also involve agencies such as NSPCC, the local PCSO and road safety team to

help reinforce the safeguarding message such as with the ‘say no’ assembly, workshops and events.

It is important to us that you are fully involved in your child’s learning. Please approach your child’s teacher if you need more information on how to support your child at home.


Key Stage 1