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Curriculum Progressions

 Please click on the subject titles in the table below to see our Overview for each subject



In Shirley Schools we believe in providing a history curriculum which inspires our children to want to know more about the past. Children become curious and ask important, thought-provoking questions. We encourage our pupils to imaginatively interpret the past through the use of sources and artefacts. We inspire our children to learn from the past to build towards a better future.



Shirley Geographers understand what it means to live in a port city and the role it has in their lives, and globally. They develop a fascination of the world through the exploration of their own, and contrasting, environments. They explore how the world is shaped by physical aspects around them and how humans interact and impact it. Shirley Geographers are able to draw their own conclusions from fieldwork and have a true understanding of how their own impact can affect and change the world around them.



At Shirley Infant School we strive to build a community of pupils who are competent, confident users of ICT and are knowledgeable about emerging technologies. Children become aware of their responsibility when using technology as well as exploring the risks through fictional stories. As a result, they are given the tools they need to develop their resilience and know what to do to keep themselves safe. We understand the need to equip all learners with the experiences and skills of ICT to prepare them for a rapidly changing technological world. 


Design and Technology 

In Shirley Schools children foremost have the opportunity to implement their own ideas into their DT learning. Children are given opportunities to expand their understanding of skills and techniques, growing in confidence to create their own design and understanding the importance it was fulfilling a purpose. They are encouraged to question and adapt at any opportunity always keeping the purpose in mind. They explore, investigate, design, edit and evaluate to produce something of their very own.

Science Knowledge Progression

Working Scientifically Progression

In our Shirley Schools, we believe that Science is a process of exploration, of finding out more about the world in which we live and of making sense of it in a logical coherent way. Science involves the development of skills, knowledge, concepts and attitudes. The Shirley Schools recognise that children live in an age of fast-moving science, and we believe that this area of learning is fundamental to exploring, understanding and influencing the world in which we live. We offer our children a wealth of experiences and develop ideas that encourage their natural curiosity and creativity, inspiring awe and wonder. Science in the Shirley Schools supports the development and advances in technology, and we learn how these lead to new scientific discoveries which shape how we live safe and healthy lives in our changing world. 



A Shirley Schools Artist has the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wider range of art disciplines. Experimenting and learning techniques related to drawing, painting, printing, collage, weaving and sculpture. They learn about different artists and children are encouraged to spot links between them and their own work. We strive to ensure every child feels confident to be creative and are excited to talk about their own masterpieces, celebrating in their uniqueness and talking about their thoughts behind their creations.
Music A Shirley Schools’ Musician will develop a life-long love of music through an engaging and inspiring curriculum.  Our children develop an appreciation of music from a wide range of times, places and cultures as they move up through the school. They have an understanding of the elements that all music is based on; rhythm, pitch, dynamics, texture, structure, timbre and tempo and these skills and understanding are built systematically to ensure progression.  Children’s imagination, creativity and self-confidence are developed through participation in a wide range of musical activities including singing, listening and responding, composing and improvisation. There are many opportunities for children to use a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments within the music curriculum and children also have whole-class instrumental lessons in Year 2 and Year 4. Singing is a central part of school life through weekly singing assemblies, school choirs and rehearsals for special events. Shirley Schools recognises how music helps to foster the essential life skills of co-operation, mutual support, self-discipline and commitment and that it is vital for children to be able to express their thoughts and feelings.

Physical Education

At Shirley infant school we promote a love of physical activity. All children are able to access a range of physical activities in their P.E. lesson and their daily physical directed time. In the early years, children focus on fine and gross motor skills and in key stage 1 they build on this and focus on agility, balance and coordination. Teamwork is at the heart of our PE provision.
Religious Education As a Shirley R.E. Enquirer, I will first consider my own experience and that of others I know. I will then explore key concepts through different religions, noting similarities and differences, and discern why these concepts hold significance for those living a religious life. Finally, I will consider how this new understanding might affect my own behaviours or beliefs. At Shirley, we believe R.E. plays a vital role in promoting understanding, respect and tolerance between people of different faiths and those with none.


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At Shirley Infant School we offer both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect independent, resilient and socially aware children. P.S.H.E. (Physical, Social, Health Education) helps our children to develop relationships, build confidence, become enthusiastic learners and understand their right to be healthy and safe. P.S.H.E. enables our children to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.