Phonics and Reading
Our school teaches phonics and reading using the letters and sounds; a whole-school literacy programme. Further details can be found on the Letters and Sounds' Government website.
Our school teaches children handwriting primarily through Letters and Sounds in the EYFS, using the programme’s handwriting phrases and picture card mnemonics. In Key Stage 1, we build on from this foundation to further the children’s understanding of letter formation, for example, cursive writing and ascending and descending letters.
Maths at Nightingale Infant and Nursery School covers the three main areas of the National Curriculum (fluency, problem solving and reasoning). We follow the Pearson's Aspire program for our long term planning to ensure all of these areas are covered.
It is important for children to understand the variations in mathematical language, particularly for the four main operations, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We therefore reinforce this in each lesson so that children become familiar with it. We make lessons practical and challenging with lots of mathematical equipment available alongside using maths games on computing devices.
We encourage children to make links between the maths we are learning and applying it to real life situations.
Children are given the opportunity to explain their mathematical thinking and make links between different aspects of the maths curriculum.
The primary focus of science teaching at Nightingale Infant and Nursery School is to enable pupils to experience and observe the world around them, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed aspects of our planet. With the majority of the learning about science is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences.
They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice and they are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and researching through secondary sources of information.
As part of the new Computing curriculum all children are learning how to create and debug simple algorithms and programs and develop basic computer and robot programming skills. The children will use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs, use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and to use it all safely and carefully.
Online Safety and awareness of potential online dangers underpins all areas of the curriculum at Nightingale Infant and Nursery School. Children are regularly taught the definition of personal information and the importance of keeping this private from other internet users through websites such as ThinkUKnow or story books such as ‘Chicken Clicking‘ or ‘Dot.‘. We also actively participate in E-safety Day each February and hold Online Safety Assemblies where the children show parents and carers what they have learnt about keeping safe online. Other useful information can be found on the following websites:
Physical Education (PE)
We aim to provide children with exciting and inspiring musical experiences. We understand the importance of providing a wide range of music that will allow our children to dream, be inspired and excited about the world around them. Children experience a wide variety of styles and genres of music across their school life. The children have opportunities to listen, respond, experiment and perform pieces of music and songs through assemblies, plays, visiting and parking in musical productions as well as activities taught through the music curriculum.
Art and Design
The children are taught to work with a variety of materials, use tools safely, join materials and expand their own ideas and designs. They investigate, disassemble and evaluate everyday products as part of their learning.
Religious Education (RE)
In RE we aim to promote learning and thinking skills and other aspects of the curriculum including financial capability, economic awareness, creativity, culture, racial equality, social cohesion, science, medicine, health, employment, vocations, work-related learning and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) developments.
At Nightingale Infant and Nursery School we strive to provide fully engaging and exciting learning opportunities that will develop children’s confidence and their self esteem. The Forest School programme promotes holistic learning experiences that contribute significantly to the development of the whole child. This is done by providing a creative, stimulating and child centred natural environment that allows the children time to experiment with real life first hand experiences that develop independent thinking and social interactions.