Curriculum

Intent Statement

Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School is 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 pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent and resilient learners. High value is placed on supporting children to think for themselves, asking questions about events that take place and the world around them.

Our curriculum is based around the Power of Reading. As an Infant school, we see a love of reading as the gateway to all learning. Our school passionately believes that every child is entitled to know the joy of a book and as such we are tenacious that every child is a reader. Children are consistently immersed in high quality texts, ensuring they extend an already well-developed vocabulary. We believe young children learn best by immersion in a theme and so the majority of our other subjects build upon the focus text and theme.

As a school set close to Bushy and Richmond Park, with our own Wilderness area, we are keen for our children to explore, understand and care for the nature on our doorstep. We prioritise children recognising their place within the world and their responsibilities for it. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination, expanding their interests from the familiar, to experiences and places that broaden their horizons. Our curriculum ensures children regularly learn outdoors. We see many children simply ‘come alive’ learning outside the classroom and place value on the collaboration, resilience and independence that working on a larger scale brings.

Many of our children speak more than one language. We foster and celebrate their languages and heritage, for example by focusing on a different language spoken in our school every month. As part of this, children have the opportunity to explore the cultures and customs associated with the countries where focus languages are spoken.

Creativity is a key part of the Hampton Wick curriculum. Our children are surrounded by pieces of art and are encouraged to see themselves as artists. We value music, performance and the visual arts and embrace opportunities to develop the children’s confidence and skills in performing to an audience.

Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Information and Support Documents for Parents

Phonics - Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School currently follows 'Letters and Sounds' which is document published by the Department of Education that concentrates on activities to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending. We also use the resources, actions and images from 'Jolly Phonics' which supports our children in becoming fluent readers.

Reading - Our school reading scheme follows the Oxford Reading Tree book bands, which we have enhanced with a wider range of books so that the children experience a larger range of text styles. The reading scheme enables children to build their vocabulary and the variety of writing styles supports children to become confident readers. Our school reading scheme is aligned to the Letters and Sounds phases and ensures that the children progress in their phonics knowledge and development.

In line with the new reading framework (July 2021), we are reviewing all of our reading resources (including our systematic synthetic phonics programme) and planning training for all staff in the next few months.

Year Group pages

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Early Years