St Nicholas Church of England

Infants' School

Becoming The Best We Can Be


Our school follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales. In Nursery and Reception the children follow an Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum - a play based curriculum based around seven areas of learning called 'prime' and 'specific' areas.


Play is essential for children's development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. They will learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


In Year 1 and 2 the curriculum begins to take on a more formal approach whilst continuing to allow for the need for exploration and problem solving and children study English and Maths alongside Science, Art, DT, History and Geography through a topic approach. We follow a scheme of learning for Computing and have specialised input for PE from sports coaches. Learning is enhanced by a dedicated Library, a set of class ipads and laptops, additional outdoor areas and resource rooms for smaller group work. Creative subjects such as Art and Music are taught alongside Physical Education in the school hall and the field/playground. We have recently developed a bespoke PSHE curriculum which underpins our vision for children to 'Become the Best that they can be' in the context of the wider life beyond school. Beyond the National Curriculum we teach RE following the Oxfordshire Diocese Scheme of Work.


Worship is integral to the ethos of the school and your child will enjoy assembly gatherings where they will learn the concepts of shared responsibility and values - education driven by the church in conjunction with you as the community.


Our whole school themes drive our topic choices which change with the needs and interests of the children below is an illustration of how this works. Please note that this may change as we also work to incorporate the children's interests and ideas.