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Our Pedagogy

At Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School, provision and practice is creative and reflective.  Our values and principles of enquiry-based learning reference the work of the preschools and infant/toddler centres in Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy (Loris Malaguzzi), recognised for innovative approaches to Early Years education. We also follow the pedagogy of Froebelian Education (Friedrich Froebel). 


Teaching and Learning


At Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School we offer our broad, balanced differentiated curriculum which meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, National Curriculum, Primary and Religious Education and Worship requirements.

In addition to the statutory curriculum, we also believe that children are motivated to learn through pursuing their own interests and as such we provide a creative curriculum that is child centred and planned for their development needs. We provide a wide range of experiences which extends children’s interests and knowledge and allows learning from meaningful first hand experiences.

KEY STAGE 1 Curriculum   (Years 1 and 2)


Over the course of a year, your child will be involved in activities in all subjects covered by the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is divided into Core and Foundation subjects.


The core subjects are – English, Maths, Science, Computing and RE.

The foundation subjects are - Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education (P.E.)

There are separate guidelines for the teaching of Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Emotional learning.

Hertfordshire has an Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.  

RE is not a National Curriculum subject but it is a legal requirement that it is taught in schools. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from part of, or all, RE lessons.

Computing is taught throughout the whole curriculum and also as separate subject area.

Each curriculum area is given a specific time allocation, however links are made across the curriculum whenever possible.  The curriculum is child centred so that planning focuses on children’s interests and allows them to learn from first hand experiences.




The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage provides the structure for our curriculum and approach.

This stage prepares the foundations for the National Curriculum that starts in Year 1.

The children will experience activities through a thematic based approach.

The teachers and support practitioners plan together to ensure progression and successful transition throughout the Foundation Stage. Children have opportunities to take part in planned, purposeful activities starting with what they already know and are designed to then further their learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on a carefully structured pattern, which ensures that children have a balance of all areas of learning with play as an integral part of this learning.

Find out more about our curriculum by:

  • reading the half termly, class Curriculum Information ‘Learning Letter’
  • reading individual Curriculum Policies
  • attending parent consultations, curriculum workshops and open events
    refer to the website. Look at the School Prospectus in 'About our School' for further details on School Curriculum provision, content and approach.


Reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics. For details of our approach to reading please refer to the website, ‘School Phonics Teaching’ by clicking onto the Parents tab. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which is complimented by others such as Heinemann Discovery World and Collins BIG CAT