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Our School Curriculum

Every Child an Active Participant on a Learning Journey


At Pickhurst Infant Academy, we aim to offer a curriculum that supports every child in reaching academic excellence across all subject areas. We also believe in excellence when it comes to children’s social and emotional development, ensuring that every child understands and demonstrates our Pickhurst Values: Friendship, Respect, Excellence and Determination.  The curriculum that we have designed has these core values threaded throughout, so that they form a key part of children’s learning experiences.  


In both Early Years and Key Stage One, our curriculum is built upon shared learning experiences which encourage the children to be excited about their learning and to be enquirers.  Each term, children develop lines of enquiry around a central theme, taking them on a Learning Journey.  In Early Years there are two planned Learning Journeys each term; in Key Stage One there is one key journey per term.  These journeys have been designed following feedback from the children to ensure that the themes are relevant, inspiring and engaging, whilst supporting the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.  There is an emphasis on supporting children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development throughout the curriculum.  When planning the curriculum we also take account of the school’s locality, ensuring that local events and history are key components of children’s learning.


As the children progress along this learning journey, they develop key knowledge, understanding and skills, working both collaboratively and independently.   Throughout each Learning Journey children are encouraged to ask questions and find new ways of discovering answers. All subject areas are included on each learning journey to ensure that children develop a deep understanding of key subject content. 


As well as deepening knowledge and skills throughout each Learning Journey, children are encouraged to be innovative, developing their own ideas and creativity. Each Learning Journey includes key points of innovation where children use the knowledge and skills that they have developed and apply this to produce creative outcomes. 


Towards the end of each learning journey, children celebrate the knowledge, understanding, skills and creativity that they have developed through community celebrations.  These celebrations are an opportunity for children to invite key people from their lives to share the outcomes from their learning journeys, as well as including other members of the school and wider community.  Children plan and set up these celebrations collaboratively with their teacher so that every child’s learning is valued across a wealth of subject areas.


During their time here at Pickhurst Infant Academy, every child will cover all areas of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study throughout their Learning Journeys.  We hope that these journeys will take our children to new and exciting places, both geographically and educationally. We hope that whilst on these learning journeys all children will engender friendship, respect, excellence and determination.  We hope that through a wealth of experiential learning, including Forest School, all children will be inspired by what the world has to offer.  Above all, we hope that these learning journeys will ensure that at Pickhurst Infant Academy, all children love to learn.


At Pickhurst Infant Academy we follow the DfE Letters and Sounds Document to teach phonics from Reception though to Year Two. We also use supplementary resources to ensure that phonics is taught in a multi-sensory way, such as those from Jolly Phonics.  In addition, we use some resources from Ruth Miskin's Read, Write Inc, such as the letter formation Handwriting phrases.  These support the children when developing early writing.

Across Reception and Key Stage One we use a range of Reading Schemes to support children in making progress.These come from a range of publishers including Oxford university press, Collins and Pearson.  Throughout the school we use Book Banding to ensure that children engage with books which are appropriate to their  reading stage, offering challenge and support as needed. Book banded books can include those from the educational publishers mentioned, as well as high quality picture books and chapter books. As a school we believe that children need to have the opportunity to engage with a high range of quality texts throughout their time with us, and beyond.  Our varied approach to reading schemes and other texts reflects this.

Please see the attached documents for further information or contact the school to discuss this further.


“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B.Yeats