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Curriculum Intent


At Meadowhead Community Infant School and Nursery we believe that all children have a right to a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong focus on every child fulfilling their reading potential.


By doing this it is our intention that our curriculum

  • extends opportunity
  • raises aspiration
  • opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment
  • enables children to live happy, healthy and productive lives
  • inspires children to be the best they can be
  • offers moments of joy
  • instils our school values of Ambition, Friendship, Kindness, Respect and Teamwork


Our curriculum focusses on the development of children’s knowledge and skill across all EYFS Areas of Learning and National Curriculum subjects with the aim of ensuring all pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning.


We have a rigorous approach for the teaching and learning of fundamental skills. Speaking and listening, phonics, reading, writing and maths skills are taught daily to enable our children to acquire the skills to access the wider curriculum and learn independently.



We use Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics from Nursery to Year 2.

All classes have a daily phonics session where children learn the vital building blocks needed for successful reading and writing. Children’s progress is monitored closely and those children who are not making expected progress receive small group interventions giving them the best chance to catch-up.



All our children read at school daily whether to an adult in a small group, 1-1 with an adult or independently.

All our reading books in school are phonetically decodable and are matched to the correct phonics phase for your child. We predominately use the ‘Jelly and Bean’ decodable books for both guided and home reading. Once children are becoming fluent readers then a wider choice of books are used to improve children’s vocabulary.

Children’s reading progress in monitored closely and those children not making expected progress are listened to by an adult 1-1 in an afternoon.


Religious Education

We follow the Blackburn with Darwen Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017-2022.


It teaches children about a variety of religions and provides an opportunity to learn about things that matter in the lives of local people and the wider world.


There is opportunity to visit different places of worship and share personal experiences and beliefs in class.


To find our more information about the knowledge and skills we teach in both EYFS and Key Stage 1 please click the subjects below.