Our curriculum is derived from the National Curriculum and enriched to reflect the values we hold at Stillness Infant School.
We have designed our curriculum to balance the statutory requirements of the KS1 National curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework within a broad, engaging, rich and immersive curriculum that is unique to our school and responds to the needs of our children’s personal interests and experiences.
Our curriculum is inclusive, meeting the needs of our diverse community, and supporting all children to achieve the highest standards and a love of learning. We aim to equip our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to live successfully in an ever changing world.
Staff create our unique curriculum through careful thought and planning about what the children at Stillness enjoy and are interested in. This ensures that our children have opportunities to widen and deepen their knowledge and understanding. Our creative curriculum is inspired by our local environment, community and location.
Much of our curriculum is taught through a topic based approach so children can make meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum, and develop their understanding beyond curriculum subject boundaries. We make good use of our local area, for example, local parks and the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, as well as further enriching our curriculum through carefully selected visits and visitors and engaging curriculum experiences. Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to be curious, independent and innovative thinkers. We build children’s confidence to explore, experiment, and investigate.
Year groups work on a new topic each half term, e.g. ‘It’s a bug’s life’, ‘Go Wild’ and ‘Amazing Eggs’. Through these topics we cover all aspects of the curriculum as well as teaching basic skills of reading, writing and maths. The topics are reviewed regularly by staff, children and parents, and our current Curriculum Map is available below.
We love to bring the learning alive for the children; we know that it is those memorable experiences which they will talk about long after they leave Stillness. We also know that the more children talk about the learning, the deeper the learning goes and the more they develop their understanding of key concepts and language. As such, we believe that our curriculum should be as stimulating as possible and we aim to enrich learning experiences in a variety of ways:
Children love to go on trips and we try to include them in our topics where possible. Some trips are the ‘traditional’ trips where the children travel by coach to a venue, eg: Science Museum, Horton Kirby, London Zoo. Recently we have also been making more trips using public transport where possible, eg: London Bridge, Crystal Palace. We also make use of local resources to support and enrich our curriculum, eg: walking to the Horniman Museum, going to the local park, visiting local shops or places of worship.
We have many visitors over the year to complement our curriculum. Recent examples include theatre groups, dance workshops and interactive drama sessions.
For many of our topics, we hold a theme day. For example, if the children are learning about minibeasts, there will be a day when they come to school dressed as minibeasts, have a minibeast party, do minibeast themed Olympics and so on.
All of these we believe enrich the learning experiences for our children. We are always open to new ideas so if you hear of activities or events which you think would support our curriculum, please let us know!
To find out more about our curriculum, click on the following links. We send out half-termly curriculum newsletters for parents and carers as well as holding termly workshops on different aspects of the curriculum. These are always very well-attended!