Phonics and Reading
Our school teaches phonics and reading using the Read Write Inc; a whole-school literacy programme. Further details can be found on the Read Write Inc website.
Information for families:
Please find below a short video filmed to support families and children in learning their Set2 Sounds
This video explains what phonics is
It is really important your child uses pure sounds, this video shows you how to say the sounds
This video is about teaching your child to blend sounds
Our school teaches children handwriting primarily through Read Write Inc 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, using the letterjoin programme.
Maths at West Earlham Infant and Nursery School covers the three main areas of the National Curriculum (fluency, problem solving and reasoning). We follow the White Rose Maths Hub 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 West Earlham 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. Click here to visit a website that will explain more about this technology and provide fun ways to have a try yourself and support your children in mastering these skills.
Online Safety and awareness of potential online dangers underpins all areas of the curriculum at West Earlham 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 can share information about keeping safe online with peers. Other useful information can be found on the following websites:
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.
Children are encouraged to understand how and why the world exists as it is today. We teach them historical skills by thinking about changes in the everyday life of their own families and peoples in the past, learning about famous men and women and some important past events.
The children learn about how humans and natural events have affected their own environment and the world beyond. They learn geography by finding out more about places, looking at environmental issues and physical features.
Speech and Language
At West Earlham Infant and Nursery school we aim to promote and support the communication of all our children and adults. We integrate sign language (signalong) into our daily learning and our speech and language team provide specific intervention where needed, through 1:1 and group therapy sessions. In class, children play games to help improve their attention, memory and listening. Children are assessed termly using the WELLCOMM assessment. This allows us to take a snapshot of the children’s expressive (what they use) and receptive (what they understand) skills. We can then use this information to further support your child in different areas.
Talkboost is a therapy programme that some children take part in to make progress with their language and communication skills. Additional information about speech and language; http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/
Through Physical Education we aim to:
- Improve and know what fitness, health and well-bring looks and feels like
- Promote active learning and lifelong learning to learn well and live well
- Encourage children to use a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach to challenge themselves in a safe environment to be the best they can be for their stage of development and learning.
- Reduce Childhood Obesity.
At West Earlham 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 woodland 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.