At Lee-on-the-Solent Infant and Nursery School we believe that childhood is precious and should be protected. A child is ‘five for one year of their life’ and we share with the parents and carers the huge responsibility of ensuring that their early years are the very best they can be.
Developing the child holistically is of the utmost importance and with this in mind we offer a broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum. We endeavour to provide enrichment in every way possible for example, yoga, steel pans and Philosophy for Children (P4C).
At every point our desire is to open children’s eyes to every possibility. For instance, we arranged for a helicopter to land on our school field; the intent was to provide science and design and technology opportunities, however the awe and wonder created certainly inspired future helicopter pilots. Indeed, first-hand experiences like these enable children to believe they can be anything they want to be.
Every child is loved and nurtured so that they can take risks and make mistakes in a safe environment, we know that the greatest learning stems from making mistakes and solving problems.
Our Curriculum is based on our commitment to our values:
‘LEAP to success at Lee’
Our learning behaviours drive our planning and assessment procedures:-
Early Years Foundation Stage
In Nursery and Reception we follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Curriculum. This is organised into three Prime and four Specific Areas of Learning.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form authentic relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication, Language and Literacy
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Children receive PE, Yoga, Dance and a host of gross motor activities both in and outdoors.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Key Stage One
In KS1 we follow the National Curriculum to teach the following subjects:
The Curriculum, in each year group, is planned through irresistible hooks which entices child initiated learning. Children are organised in mixed ability classes per year group and learning is personalised to meet individual and group needs. Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) skills promote Fundamental British Values (FBV) as a part of the curriculum and everyday life in school.
Follow the links below to find additional information about the curriculum for each year group and a timetable detailing all our extra curricular activities.