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Our creative, topic based curriculum supports in the holistic development of individuals. As a school we support children to develop positive behaviours for learning such as resilience, determination, perseverance and enquiry. These skills stimulate our children’s thinking and development to make sure every child is reaching their potential and as a result makes exceptional progress. One way in which we promote these skills is through teaching the children to develop a 'Growth mindset'.  (Further information at the end of the page)


At William Lilley Foundation stage play, communication and being imaginative is at the heart of all that we do. Our happy children are nurtured whilst encouraged to take risks to extend their learning. They are motivated, active learners who are confident, independent individuals. Our environment enables us to work together and show respect for all.

Children in Foundation follow the Early Years curriculum comprising Personal and Social Education, Communication and Language, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development.

More information on the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found  on the Foundation Years Website - click here for more information.



Children continue to thrive through first hand experiences which brings their learning to life. Our thematic approach allows our children to make links in their learning and become inquisitive, independent problem solvers.

The curriculum areas include;

Literacy Numeracy, Science

Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal and Social Development

The National Curriculum can be found on the Government Website - click here for more information:


Within each subject there are a range of skills and knowledge to be taught, as well as teaching the application of basic skills in English and Maths through other subjects, i.e. reading in all subjects, measuring and recording methods in Science etc. At the beginning of each new topic we gather the children’s ideas through mind mapping and plan our teaching according to their interests and gaps in knowledge and understanding.



Communication and language underpin all other areas of development, particularly Reading and Writing. Our strong emphasis on developing confident and articulate communication skills is apparent through all class sessions.



Our aim is to develop a love of literature and reading for pleasure permeates through our themes, with many of our chosen themes focused around a given text. Children are taught reading skills through shared reading sessions and guided group work. These sessions recognise the importance of ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’. Children are also encouraged to develop their reading skills at home, through book-banded books which are targeted to an individual’s needs and our online reading resources.



All children have a daily phonics session in which we follow the Letters and Sounds programme and supplement with resources from other schemes, such as the use of Jolly Phonics actions.  Children are grouped in EYFS and Year 1 according to the area of Letters and Sounds which they are learning.  These groups are fluid and flexible according to children’s progress and need.  Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learners. Please see the end of the page for more information.



Our drive to ensure children are enthusiastic independent writers is based through first hand ‘real’ experiences that encourage children to write. The writing curriculum includes the teaching of handwriting, spelling and punctuation. We aim to give them a wide range of interesting and stimulating tasks in order for them to look forward to, and improve, their writing. We have regular ‘big write’ sessions within Key Stage One which build on children’s communication skills.



At William Lilley Infant School the mathematics curriculum is based on delivering varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. We do this through our ‘big Maths’ program which is applied throughout the school.



Science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. At William Lilley Infant and Nursery school, we use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, with an emphasis on providing a curriculum which develops and extends the children’s scientific concepts and enables them to be curious about the world. This will lead to children  learning to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations.



Through teaching Computing we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing digital world in which technology is an essential part. Computing helps pupils take greater responsibility for their own learning, plan and organise their ideas, produce and present work of a high standard. Through teaching Computing we enable pupils to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We teach discrete computing sessions across the school to enable children to use information in a discriminating and effective way.



Religious education is taught in line with Nottinghamshire guidelines. Although broadly Christian, it also reflects our multi-cultural society and the faiths, customs and celebrations of other cultures. We have daily school, Year Group or class assemblies, which are taken by the Head Teacher and other members of staff. Guest speakers from the local faith groups are regularly invited to lead an assembly. Parents have the right to withdraw their children wholly or partly from religious education or assemblies on religious grounds. The school is not affiliated to a particular religious denomination.



 The document below details the topics and areas of the curriculum your child will be covering term by term. 

2018/19 Curriculum Coverage

Further information on Growth Mindset and Phonics...