Curriculum

Children come to Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School with a desire and enthusiasm to learn! As a staff and school community, it is our role to capture this and to develop their enquiring minds. We respond to our children's needs by having a curriculum in place, which supports, encourages, excites and challenges them!

Our curriculum has been designed to complement the strong ethos within school that every child has the right to a high quality education, which builds upon their self-esteem, confidence and encourages them to aspire to achieve without limits.

It is a curriculum which is the vehicle for our belief that children should first of all be given the opportunities and be taught specific skills in relation to the areas of Communication and Language, PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and Health and Well-being. The curriculum at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School is constantly evolving in order to meet the specific needs and interests of cohorts, classes, groups and individuals.

What will you see at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School as a result of our ethos, values and curriculum.
• A key focus on the acquisition of Language.
• The promotion of Independence in all aspects of school life.
• Children with a strong sense of Belonging.
• A school community with high Standards and Pride in all that they do.
• A culture of Health and Well-Being.
• A celebration of Creativity.
Good Relationships which build upon collaboration, communication and respect.
The above are not listed in order of importance, instead they are interwoven through all that we teach when educating the children in our care.

Language - Our children are immersed in language and literature. The school community carries a strong belief that a competence in and enjoyment of language is the foundation for all future learning. As such a love of reading is encouraged and promoted and the development of spoken language and key vocabulary is seen as an essential tool to unlock learning opportunities across the curriculum.
Independence - Our children are taught and encouraged to ask questions. They are given the tools and strategies to solve problems. With independence comes responsibility, so children are given roles and responsibilities from their earliest days in school. The learning environment allows pupils to grow as independent learners, developing their skills of perseverance and resilience.
Belonging - Our children are celebrated, their achievements and successes however big or small are valued. They are given a sense of purpose and pride and once they have found their place in our school they are taught to find their place in the world! They are encouraged to have high aspirations for themselves and are shown how to look out at the world and how to respect others. They are equipped with the skills and knowledge to ensure they are responsible citizens in their school, local and wider global community.
Pride - Our children are taught to have a sense of pride in themselves and all that they do. High standards permeate across all subject areas, this is visible within the learning environment and reflected in our school displays. Our golden rules promote consistency and as a result standards in behaviour are outstanding. Children respect one another and produce work which exudes their sense of pride.
Health & Well-Being - Our children are cared for. They are taught about how to stay healthy and safe in all aspects of their lives. Themes from the curriculum ensure that this is often a lead focus for a topic. Healthy lifestyles permeate across the school day, from periods of spiritual mindfulness to extended physical activity and active learning. The mental health of our children is paramount and opportunities to support and promote 'healthy minds', as well as develop our understanding as a staff, are at the forefront of our Health and Well-being philosophy.
Creativity - Our children are given opportunities to develop their interest and creativity across the curriculum. Experiences which enhance our curriculum and increase the enjoyment of learning are carefully planned. Children are encouraged to try new things, our after school activities regularly change to reflect this. Real life learning and providing a sense of awe and wonder within their learning, is what we strive to achieve as a school.
Relationships - Our children are encouraged to build up good relationships with adults and their peers. There is an expectation in school that all staff are role models and promote an ethos of collaboration and support. Children are taught the skills of resilience and perseverance, which prepares them for the challenges that they are given in school as well as the wider world. Collaborative opportunities are planned through the curriculum across all subjects.

How is our Curriculum delivered?
A two-year rolling program of significant themes, which are chosen to enthuse our children, ensures continuity across school and promotes the progression of knowledge and skills relevant to each year group, class or individual, as set out in the National Curriculum (2014). The cycle in place allows children to access new curricular content each year. Each half term a key text provides a starting point, which underpins all subjects and areas of learning. This enables us to plan strong cross-curricular links using a different subject area each half term to drive the learning. It also provides the opportunity for children to experience a wide range of books and authors and enhance their love of reading.

The high standards that we promote in English and Mathematics are reflected across all subjects and outcomes in all subjects are assessed by teachers and subject leaders to ensure that our children are making progress across the curriculum.

Walking into our school you will see our ethos and curriculum in action!
You will see children who are motivated and engaged, who are confident and sociable. You will see children's work and an environment which reflect the quality and standards of our curriculum. You will see teachers and leaders who inspire, challenge and care for our children.

As a staff and school community, we never stop learning and growing. As such our curriculum will continue to evolve with the needs of our children. We are confident that our curriculum allows our children to leave our school not only with a love of reading, writing and mathematics and the ability to use number and language effectively, but with the skills and creative flair that they will need in real life and to equip them well on the next stage of their journey in education.

English

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Maths

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At Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School we believe that the teaching of mathematics should equip children with the strategies, knowledge and mathematical language to help them to understand and make sense of the world around them. Our aim is that all of our children become independent learners, who can apply logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is a whole network of concepts and relationships, which children can use to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. Mathematics teaching and learning at…

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Science

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Science at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working, to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live, through investigation, as well as using and applying their scientific skills. Through the science curriculum at Lee Brigg we aim to develop children’s curiosity and introduce them to the true awe and wonder of the world around them. Science lessons are carefully planned through our whole class topic areas, so that valuable links can be made across other subjects. We ensure coverage of the National Curriculum, for science across Key Stage 1…

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Physical Education, Health & Well-being

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Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum at Lee Brigg. We encourage all of our children to be physically active at school and to develop a habit of being active, which will stay with them through childhood and into their adult life. Children across school take part in daily bursts of physical activity including wake up shake up, dough disco and the daily mile. These run alongside a wide range of PE lessons, active outdoor play and learning opportunities and the chance to attend a range of active after school clubs, run by both teachers and qualified coaches. Teaching…

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Geography

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In our diverse society children need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures. Geography makes a major contribution to children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. In short, geography matters! Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of…

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Religious Education

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At Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School our R.E. Curriculum is taught in line with the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018. The curriculum for R.E. aims to ensure that all pupils: 1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews. 2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews. 3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage with religions and worldviews. We encourage our children to develop tolerance and respect of others’ views whilst being secure in the knowledge that their own views, opinions and feelings will be valued. Our children are taught to develop their knowledge and understanding of…

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British Values and SMSC

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Central to the school’s ethos is the idea that each child should be prepared for living life in modern Britain. This is achieved through embedding Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) and British Values (BV) throughout the curriculum. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is recognised as being of fundamental importance for the education of all children by Governors, staff and parents of our school. It is taught not only through all subjects, in particular RE and PHSE, but also through the school ethos and collective worship. It supports all areas of learning and can…

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Art and Design

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"There is no must in art because art is free." Wassily Kandinsky At Lee Brigg Infants and Nursery School we aim to provide a high-quality art and design education, which will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art and design is concerned with the way we respond to, understand and interpret our world through our senses and emotions. Taking part in art and design allows us to investigate what we see; to make visual responses; to interpret; to discriminate and reach decisions.…

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Music

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"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." (Plato) At Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School we believe that music will enrich the lives of our children and this will in turn help to develop their self-confidence and sense of achievement. We aim to deliver a high quality music education, which engages pupils and inspires them to develop their love of music and talents as musicians, both through explicit music lessons and through a development of musical skills through performances. Our aim is to: • Provide opportunities across the curriculum for children to develop…

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Computing

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We aim to provide a high-quality computing education, which equips pupils to use computational language and thinking, as well as their own creativity to understand and change the world! The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. We recognise that computing and technology is not just about computers and therefore aim to provide our children with a range of technologies to use and explore from their very earliest days with us in nursery. Children in our EYFS are able…

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