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Welcome to the curriculum overview page. Here, you will find the curriculum coverage across the different subjects and year groups. If, after looking though this information and the curriculum section, you still have questions about our curriculum please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher or alternatively the Assistant Headteacher, via the school office

The development of the whole child is our top priority and with this in mind we have created a curriculum which is constantly changing and which inspires moral, spiritual and creative growth as well as academic growth. Excellent relationships are central and staff aim to know every child well and to recognise their talents and uniqueness.  Within this framework we maintain a tradition of high attainment and progress.  

The curriculum is a framework within which learning and teaching takes place.  All children at Shirley Infants have access to an integrated, broad and balanced curriculum, regardless of gender, race, religion, age or ability.  We firmly believe in the importance of providing meaningful learning experiences which embed learning into our children's Semantic memory.  Our curriculum focusses on knowledge and the progression of skills within our core and foundation subjects.  We strive to build web's of knowledge our children can hook key components and concepts to.

Our Core Values

We launch each topic with a 'HOOK'.  This is designed to make the topic come to life instantly for the children and alert their Episodic memory.  Our values enable us to offer a curriculum that fills the gaps that our children might not get culturally to become a well rounded person.  For example, local statistics within our city have indicate significant impact on aspirations.  We believe our children should get rich experiences to promote high aspirations for themselves.  Therefore, trips and visitors are planned to enable children to  access cultural opportunities and evoke new dreams and aspirations.  

Our key values which are embedded in our curriculum, school ethos and parent engagement are:










Key Stage One Assessment

In Year 1 and Year 2 we will discuss your child's achievement at parents evenings and report on their end of year progress in the summer term.  Your child will be assessed whether they are 'working towards age expectations,' 'working at age expectations' or 'working above age expectations.'  These assessments will be made in all subjects across the curriculum.

At the end of Year 1 inline with their repot you will receive your child's pass mark against the Phonics test.  This will be published with their end of year reprot.

At the end of Year 2 your child’s teacher will report their teacher assessment judgements to you at the end of the summer term inline with their SATs results. You’ll receive judgements for your child in:

• English reading
• English writing
• mathematics
• science
• Phonics retake score if this applies to your child


Remember that children learn at different rates; some children may make lots of progress in a short period of time, and then not for a while – nobody can learn at a consistently steady pace.

If your child is working below the overall standard of the key stage, or they have special educational needs, reporting will be different. You should speak to your child’s teacher for more information.

Early Years Assessment

Children in the Foundation Stage experience the EYFS framework.  This comprises of seven areas of learning and development.  All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and building capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.  These are developed within the pre-school years and built upon within Year R.  These are:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children are also taught within four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened.  These are:



Understanding the world

Expressive art and design

The children are then assessed in June on the Early Learning Goal for each aspect of learning. The Early learning Goal is a summation of the strands within the age bands the children are assessed against throughout the year.  This assessment will be reported to you in their summer term report.


The impact of our curriculum is ensuring children from their learning know more and can do more.