Infant School Curriculum

At Ladysmith Infant and Nursery school, when we refer to the ‘Curriculum’, we not only mean the National Curriculum but also the range of extracurricular activities and the ‘hidden curriculum’ (what children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave). This curriculum gives our children rich and meaningful learning experiences which they can link together in order to enable deep understanding of the subjects taught. 

We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills so that they can achieve their full potential. Our scheme based on the "Characteristics of Learning" has developed over time and children are able to talk about their own learning behaviour using animals to represent each key behaviour. (See below for details.)

Year group curriculum letters detail what is being covered in each subject over each term with more to discover on each curriculum web page. 




Foundation Stage Curriculum Intent 



Our EYFS curriculum aims to provide opportunities for our children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society. 


Our goal is to ensure that all children are happy and engaged. 


Through our child led curriculum, we provide an environment that allows each child to display high levels of concentration, creativity, energy and persistence. The rationale behind this is that high levels of well-being and involvement lead to high levels of child development and indicate deep learning. 


This curriculum concept should result in significant changes in a child’s learning capacity, leading to better outcomes in relationships and life in general. 


We believe that children need rich opportunities to initial ideas and activities so that they develop the learning characteristics that will support lifelong learning. 


Through the EYFS curriculum that we provide the children continually demonstrate their ability to 

  • *play and explore 
  • *learn actively 
  • *create and think critically 


We hope that all children will be inspired and motivated to actively participate in the curriculum: experiencing enjoyment and transitioning through school with the confidence and character to meet the challenges of an ever changing world.