The Minster Curriculum
Here at The Minster Nursery and Infant School, our curriculum comprises the Early Years Foundation Stage for our Nursery and Reception classes and the National Curriculum for years 1 and 2.
Schools have a lot of autonomy about how they deliver their curriculum. We recognise that there are local needs which influence how we deliver ours. We know our children love coming to school and so we want them to experience school as ‘Heaven to earth’.
In creating a ‘Heaven to earth’ curriculum encompassing the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum, we offer our children abundant opportunities to learn collaboratively through exciting experiences designed to challenge whilst building success in learning.
We know that young children learn best when they are provided with rich opportunities to follow their interests and learn together through exploring hypotheses and finding solutions. Our understanding of the needs of infant-aged children is underpinned by ‘Moving on to Key Stage 1’ by Julie Fisher.
In addition, to support this development, we place a high value on language development and are proud of our in-house speech and language support.
We also know, that a curriculum designed to motivate children, rich with learning experiences and language development, is excellent for our learners with English as an Additional Language. Our curriculum enables all learners to build confidence in understanding and expression and an enduring love of learning.
The intention of our curriculum is to:
- provide a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly
- ensure our children are exceptionally well-prepared for their next phase of learning. They leave us at the end of Key Stage 1 with the knowledge and skills they need to make a successful start to their Key Stage 2 curriculum
- address social disadvantage by providing access to quality literacy, numeracy, language, play, problem-solving, mark-making and physical development opportunities that are different from the opportunities available in children’s home environment
- improve choices and life-chances for our children long-term. We want our children to have the best possible choices at post 16. We know from the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPE) Project that the quality of pre-school education has a strong link to academic attainment at GSCE (and beyond), pro-social behaviour and higher earnings. Early Years education is very important to society.
- provide children with the opportunity to consolidate their new learning; to use and apply it to make connections to previous learning to help them develop a broad and deep understanding of their world.
How we implement our curriculum:
- There are many tensions in managing the delivering of an effective curriculum. As a school, our ‘effectiveness’ is judged on our Key Stage 1 data. This means that we have two years to demonstrate rapid progress from EYFS, whereas primary schools are judged on their Key Stage 2 data and have 6 years. However, because of our understanding of children’s developmental needs and the role these needs play in building children’s future capacity as learners, we will prioritise this consideration over and above teaching which focusses too heavily on short-term recall for tests
- Our leaders and teachers have much expertise at managing the balance between learning through play and teaching of discreet skills and knowledge in order to enable children to achieve the Expected Standard at the end of Key Stage 1 in order for them to be exceptionally well-prepared for their next phase of learning.
- To motivate the children, teachers gear curricular content towards the interests of the children
- Carefully plan activities that are designed to meet the learning needs of our children most efficiently
- Teachers spend time on developing subject expertise to enable clear and confident teaching which enables children to understand key concepts which are revisited in different ways to develop and deepen understanding.
Core Curriculum Overview by year group and subject
Below you will find downloadable information relating to the core curriculum overview for each year group. We often change topics and themes based on the children’s interest and or current events. Please use the year by year topic webs to get a more accurate and up to date overview of what the children will be learning and exploring each term.
To download these documents, please click on the links below: