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At William Lilley, we support individuals to achieve through their love of learning.  Children are good communicators and build strong relationships within the school family and community.  Their individuality is recognised and we nurture each child’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Each child’s learning journey carefully builds on previously acquired skills and knowledge to ensure secure improvement.  Children are enthusiastic, inquisitive and aspirational, showing the determination and perseverance they need to be successful in all that they do. 


Our curriculum is led through curriculum 'drivers' which highlight the key priorities

of our curriculum at William Lilley.  These include;



(Exploring through first hand experiences of the outdoors and wider world)


(Effectively communicating with others)


(supporting the 'whole child')


(Ensuring our parents and local community are fully engaged with William Lilley)


(celebrating individuality and promoting tolerance and acceptance)


(Promoting positive learning behaviours)


(Following our interests and preparing ourselves for a successful future)


Further details on our overarching curriculum intent can be found here:



We have developed a detailed ‘recovery curriculum’ 2020/21 which will help children to reintegrate into school and support them to move forward together.


As a school, our recovery curriculum will support children to explore and overcome loss they have felt; loss of friendship, loss of social interaction, routine, structure, opportunity and freedom.  Our overarching curriculum vision will be to take a holistic approach which is personalised to individual needs.  This fits securely within our whole school vision “We are a nurturing, inspirational family who are determined to succeed.”


Our curriculum will be underpinned by the following five recovery levers:


Relationships At William Lilley, relationships are always of paramount importance.  However further time will be given to help children and families reconnect, rebuild relationships and build trust.

Community Our community throughout lockdown has remained strong.  We will learn from the successes of the lockdown period, reconnect with the community and continue to offer bespoke and intensive support for children and their families.

Transparent curriculum We will focus upon gaps in learning through identifying individual need and providing opportunities and support to address missed learning.  Our children will remain at the centre of our curriculum development.

Metacognition Learning how to learn is a key element of our curriculum.  We will be giving children further opportunities to relearn past skills, rebuild confidence, resilience and independence when ensure they have a ‘growth mindset’.   

Space We will continue to build on the opportunities children have to explore and follow their own lines of enquiry.  This will be supported by a greater proportion of mindfulness activities.  Holistic opportunities which address the needs of the ‘whole child’ will continue to be utilised. 


Please follow the link for further details about our Recovery Curriculum:


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 the Foundation Stage 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.


Click below for further details on the KS1 curriculum skills and topics:





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. 



Reading is a priority throughout the school.  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, guided group work and individual reading. These sessions recognise the importance of ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’. Children are also encouraged to develop their reading skills at home, through carefully selected texts which are targeted to an individual’s needs.  These are available through both through physical books

and our online 'Bug Club'.



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 taught the phonics phase according to their age and stage of development.  This is through whole class, additional group intervention and individual support.  Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learners. We encourage parents to support their child's understanding of phonics and run regular parent workshops and parent learning sessions.

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, and 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. 


Further parent information on Growth Mindset, Reading and Phonics can be found below.  Additional curriculum information is available on request.