Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’



Our whole curriculum, policies and practice throughout school is driven by our motto, mission statement and vision; alongside our commitment to the British Values.



We have long term curriculum plans in place and key knowledge progression grids from Nursery to Year 2 to enable children to:

  • Build on learnt knowledge and skills during their time with us
  • Provide inclusive learning with real context and experiences, deeper understanding to excite and motivate
  • Understand the world around them, locally and more widely
  • Prepare for their next stage in education



  • Planning is completed weekly and half-termly in year group teams using knowledge of children, expectations, knowledge and skills progression information and wider opportunities.
  • We have short-term, medium-term and long term plans to ensure the sequence and building of knowledge and skills. 
  • We have good quality resources.
  • We ensure ongoing assessment of children's learning.
  • There is a balance of adult-led and child-led learning.
  • We use trips/visitors and other opportunities to enhance the learning experience.
  • A curriculum plan for parents together with knowledge organisers for each subject is sent home for parents/carers at the beginning of each term so children can be supported at home. This includes specific vocabulary with definitions. 
  • Year group information pages on the website provide additional information for parents to allow them to support children at home in embedding key knowledge taught at school.
  • The Teaching and learning of the different aspects of our curriculum in school is supported by a range of commercial schemes including: Maths: White Rose Education,   Writing: Writing Roots,    Science: Kapow,   History: Kapow ,   Art and Design: Kapow,    Geography: Kapow,      Design and Technology: Kapow,     Music: Charanga,    PSHE: PSHE Matters,   PE: Real PE,   RE: Derbyshire All Our Worlds 



We measure the impact of the teaching and learning in each area of the curriculum through:

  • Assessment and monitoring of outcomes
  • Progress made from starting points
  • Conversations with children that demonstrate what they know, can do and remember (sticky knowledge)
  • Monitoring the work children do and their response to the learning
  • Monitoring the impact on children's health and well-being
  • Recording aspirations and supporting them through school ethos and the PSED/PSHE scheme