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Netherfield Infant School and Nursery

‘Working together to be the best that we can be’


What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.


We teach phonics based on the Letters and Sounds scheme, starting in the Nursery with Listening and Attention Groups and then working through each stage until the pupils are able to use phonics as a reading strategy and also as a basis for independent writing.

We teach a daily lesson based on revisiting sounds and practising and applying skills in interesting ways, using songs and actions to embed learning.

The Phonics Screening Test is taken in Year One and, if necessary, is retaken in Year 2.

If you require additional information relating to our phonics scheme please contact the school.

Foundation Stage Curriculum

At Netherfield Infant and Nursery School we plan our early years play based learning activities by using the 2012 ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) document.

We recognise that children develop rapidly and at differing rates, however development requires each child to have opportunities to interact in an enabling environment with adults that promote positive relationships between all.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are used to underpin all learning throughout the Foundation Stage. This supports children to develop and refine skills to enable them to be motivated and independent learners, both indoors and outdoors, directing their own learning and challenges.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage the curriculum is planned around the 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication, language and Literacy

And the 4 specific areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and design

We use an on-going formative assessment process which enables staff to plan activities that are age and stage appropriate, starting from each children’s interests and abilities.

If you require additional information relating to this curriculum please contact the school.


Reception Timetable

Key Stage 1 Curriculum

At Netherfield Infant and Nursery School we provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated. Re-written in the light of the 2014 curriculum changes, the programmes of study have been used to create our long term plan. We aim to remove barriers to learning and enable the children to see logical connection between different aspects of their work. They are also supported to develop independence and resilience to help them overcome barriers.

The curriculum encompasses a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences to enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today's world and citizenship in modern Britain.

Through the provision of a stimulating environment, children will develop to their full potential academically, socially and physically. We believe passionately in giving the children ownership of their learning and they use specific peer feedback to help improve their work. We support our children in becoming 'aspirational' – aiming high- in order to make the most of their learning opportunities and helping them to be the best that they can be.

Progress and attainment throughout the Key Stage One curriculum is assessed and reported on at exit from Year Two. Information is shared with parents and also aids sharing of information with receiving junior schools.

Overview of topics

Children at Netherfield are offered a rich, broad-based curriculum which includes Early Learning Goals at the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.


Literacy and language skills, including phonics, reading, writing and speaking and listening are taught daily, as are grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling. We are committed to developing writing for real audiences and linking literacy to other areas of the curriculum.

Reading is taught through a variety of strategies; phonics, contextual and picture clues. Pupils explore a wide range of texts to nurture reading for pleasure and an in depth comprehension of language. Books are banded to reading age, however, children are also encouraged to take a wide range of texts home to share with others.

We are committed to developing writing for real audiences and linking literacy to other areas of the curriculum.


Is also taught daily, covering both numeracy skills and understanding in areas such as shape, space and measures and data handling. We place emphasis on the acquisition of basic skills, mental arithmetic, fluency and recall which can be applied through problem solving.


Where possible, science is taught as a practical subject, where children learn to develop their skills as investigators of the world.


We recognise that computing is an increasingly important subject which will be vital to our pupils in the future. We have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom and computers/ipads for group use. Skills learned in ICT are applied across the curriculum.

Religious Education

Teaching of religious education is a statutory requirement. This follows the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus and children study Christianity and Judaism throughout the school and where relevant, through topic work. We seek to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils by encouraging respect, understanding and tolerance of each other, to all faiths and those who adhere to them. We link awe and wonder to spiritual learning.

Collective Worship

Our assemblies are of a Christian nature, although we also promote the principles of positive concern and respect in all religions.

Assemblies are also a time of coming together and celebrating the 'successes' in our school.

Parents who wish to have their child excluded from religious education and/or assemblies should consult with the Headteacher.

British Values

The implementation of British Values is central to the work that we do in our school.

There is emphasis on:

  • democracy;
  • the rule of law;
  • individual liberty;
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


We have a very active School Council which has representatives from all classes from reception through to Year 2. They meet regularly representing the views of their class and are influential in bringing about change in school.

Health Education

Netherfield Infant and Nursery School is a Healthy School and has been awarded a gold status. We actively promote a healthy lifestyle for all children through a variety of activities. Year Two pupils participate in the CASE project to develop their understanding of how to keep themselves safe and healthy.

Healthy Eating

As part of the Government's 'Fruit and Vegetable Scheme,' all children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are given fresh fruit or vegetables each day as a way of promoting healthy eating.

We also encourage families to have healthy lunchboxes if bringing their lunch from home.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Aspects of SRE are taught as an integral part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provision throughout school and delivered in a way which is relevant to younger children.

We aim to help our children respect themselves and others, and to develop the skills to allow them to move confidently from childhood through to adulthood.

Visits and Visitors to School

We provide a range of visits and visitors to enhance our curriculum and engage our children fully.

Further Information

If you require additional information relating to this curriculum please contact the school.