Learning in Our School

Our Curriculum

Matthew 7:7 ‘Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you’.


Curriculum Intent

In our school, through our Christian ethos, we appreciate the uniqueness of everyone in our community. We strive for them to meet their full potential with a curriculum that creates a passion and excitement for learning. We build the foundations for life-long learning by providing invaluable first-hand experiences and teach the skills needed to become independent and resilient learners. We ensure that every child has the opportunity to communicate their ideas, listen respectfully to others, feel empowered to contribute to the school community while understanding how to keep themselves safe.


Curriculum Implementation

In our school, children experience hands-on, real life and memorable experiences to embed life-long learning. Throughout the children’s journey with us they build upon and develop skills that are embedded over time. Through each theme, all skills and knowledge are built on and developed, deepened and mastered. Our Christian values, including spiritual development, and growth mindset are woven into all aspects of school life.


Curriculum Impact

When children leave our school, they are confident, resilient and independent learners who are able to transfer the skills learnt ready for their next stage of learning. Our children are well-rounded individuals; who have a strong sense of community, are inquisitive about the world around them, have the confidence to challenge themselves, value and appreciate all individuals and have a love of learning. Through our embedded Christian values and beliefs, children are able to articulate challenging thoughts and reflect powerfully on their daily lives.

Ofsted January 2019 

Pupils are making strong progress in writing from their starting points because of effective teaching and support.

[The school has] consulted pupils and created new curriculum themes that include pupils’ interests.

SIAMS July 2019

The curriculum is creatively designed to enable pupils to enjoy learning and achieve their best. Consequently, pupils love to come to school.

At Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School, as well as giving the children the essential tools for learning, we believe education is about children experiencing the joy of discovery, solving problems, being creative in thinking, writing, art, music, developing their self confidence as learners and maturing socially and emotionally.

Our school curriculum takes a knowledge and skills based approach centered around speaking and listening and first hand experiences.

Through a rich and stimulating curriculum we encourage each child to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

The principles of learning and teaching in our school:

Good learning and teaching should:

  • Ensure every child succeeds: provide an inclusive education with a culture of high expectations.
  • Build on what learners already know: structure and pace teaching so that students know what is to be learnt, how and why.
  • Make learning vivid and real: develop understanding through enquiry, creativity, e-learning and group problem solving.
  • Make learning an enjoyable and challenging experience: stimulate learning through matching teaching techniques and strategies to a range of learning styles.
  • Enrich the learning experience: build learning skills across the curriculum.
  • Promote assessment for learning: make children partners in their learning.