Curriculum

We provide a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum.

Taking account of national, statutory requirements, we ensure our curriculum is interesting and relevant to young children.

We use the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage for children in the Reception Year.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum covers 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is experienced largely through active exploration and play as well as through directed adult-led learning in the indoor and outdoor environment. Stories, artefacts, seasonal themes and the children’s own interests are all used as starting points for planning curriculum topics which embrace all areas of learning.

At the end of the Reception Year children move from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum into the Key Stage One curriculum and this continues until the end of Year 2.

The Key Stage One curriculum at Liss Infant School takes full account of National Curriculum requirements and is organised into 8 areas or “domains” of learning:

  • Language, Oracy and Literacy
  • Physical and Emotional Health
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts and Creativity
  • Citizenship and Sustainability
  • Place and Time
  • Science and Technology
  • Faith and Belief

ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is taught as an important aspect of the Language curriculum but also as a tool for use across the whole curriculum.

Some aspects of the curriculum, such as Phonics, Reading and Mathematics are also taught separately and discretely in daily lessons, in order to build on the important hierarchy of skills and concepts specific to each.

In order to make appropriate and relevant links and connections between the curriculum domains and to support children in applying their learning in purposeful and exciting contexts, the curriculum is taught thematically. The curriculum is implemented flexibly and creatively so that children’s own interests and concerns can be used to inform curriculum topics and local, national and global themes and events can also be incorporated as appropriate.

The curriculum is enhanced with regular visits and trips and we recognise the value of incorporating a localised curriculum for pupils, which links their learning to people and places in their immediate locality.

We are an Eco School and learning opportunities related to environmental sustainability are integrated across the curriculum for all Year groups.

While we place equal value on each of the curriculum domains, we recognise and celebrate the central importance of language, oracy and literacy to the well-being, happiness and success of young children as they develop and learn.

Details of this year’s curriculum are available.

Phonic Reading Scheme Books Used at Liss Infant School

  • Oxford Reading Tree Phonics Sounds
  • Oxford reading Tree Floppy Phonics
  • Oxford Reading Tree Songbird Phonics
  • Project X Exploring Letters
  • Dandelion Launchers
  • Big Cat Phonics
  • Read Write Inc. books
  • Rigby Star

For more information regarding our curriculum please contact the school office

Topics make effective use of rich experiences such as visits and trips to bring learning to life. OFSTED report 2017