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Curriculum Intent

At Fairisle Infant and Nursery School we aim to provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that motivates and engages the children. We seek to equip each individual child with an understanding and knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. The children will be encouraged to tolerate, respect and have a positive attitude towards their own and other people's culture, religion and heritage.

Our motto is 'Expect Success' and we have high expectations of our children and staff.

We are committed to the principles of the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the Child, especially Article 28: Every child has the right to an education and Article 19: Every child has the right to be safe.

Our curriculum is based on the primary National Curriculum.

Our Early Years and Foundation Stage departments follow the Statutory Framework for the curriculum.

We follow the agreed local syllabus for RE: 

Please click here to view the Living Difference lll syllabus.

We aim to ensure that our curriculum:

  • meets statutory requirements
  • offers first-hand experiences
  • has clear skills progressions
  • allows pupils to apply these skills
  • supports vulnerable groups and individual needs
  • fosters pride in our city
  • promotes health and well-being
  • fulfils the requirement to promote British values
  • supports children’s place in a culturally diverse society

The curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Communication, literacy and mathematics have a high priority across the curriculum. We use a broad range of teaching strategies and ensure the curriculum provides many first hand experiences, including educational visits, visitors such as artists and musicians and extra-curricular activities.

Children in the Nursery and Year R follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. It is split into seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas.


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Communication and Language (CL)


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Please click here to view the long term Curriculum Map for Year R

Please click here to view the long term Curriculum Map for Year 1

Please click here to view the long term Curriculum Map for Year 2

Maths in the EYFS

Children in the Nursery and Year R have been learning about number in lots of different ways. See the information below for ideas on supporting your child at home.

Year R maths ideas Spr 1

Year R maths ideas Aut 2

Year R maths ideas Aut 1

Year N maths ideas


The school operates a reading scheme which consists of a range of leading educational publishers;

  • Rigby Star
  • Collins
  • Oxford reading tree
  • Pearson Bug Club
  • ‘real’ books

These books are colour banded so that there is a clear progression of skills which supports the development of the children’s reading.

This means that the children have access to a wide range of reading materials both in Fiction and Non Fiction. We also have a wide selection of phonically decode able books which means that children can quickly and easily begin to apply their phonics and develop their reading. We also have ‘real’ books for the children to enjoy, which again widens the range of reading material they have access to.

Please click here to view the Colour Banding details

Phonics Scheme

The school follows the progression set out in Letters and Sounds. 

Click the video below to listen to the articulation of the phonemes:

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