Our Winterbourne Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the children we have at WNIS and to ensure that the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum are delivered from Nursery to Year 2. We use a topic based approach as it promotes active learning, allows children to make links between various subjects and highlights the transferable skills being developed. Our curriculum is built upon a foundation of values and reflects the diverse cultural background of our school. It is steeped in language and promotes the development of oracy. Annually, we review, revise and develop our curriculum to ensure effective continuity and progression from Early Years to Year 2.


Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This consists of Prime and Specific areas.

The Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

At the end of the EYFS (Reception year), your child will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELG) in each of these areas. Throughout their time in Nursery and Reception, they will be working towards the ELGs. In the EYFS Curriculum Overview below, you will see the end of EYFS expectations.

The National Curriculum

Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum. Subjects taught in Key Stage 1 include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE
  • PSHE
  • RE

Children are taught phonics through the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme throughout the school, building upon a foundation of listening skills taught in Nursery, enabling children who leave our school to read and write successfully.

Assessment in Key Stage 1

Teachers are continuously assessing the children throughout the day and using this information to move learning forward, ensuring gaps are identified and addressed efficiently. This means that every child progresses in every lesson. At the end of Year 1, children take part in the Phonics Screening Test. This checks that children have the necessary phonic knowledge to read. At the end of Year 2, children take part in SATS tests.


Curriculum Overviews

Below you will find an overview detailing the expectations of what is taught within the EYFS, as well as years 1 and 2.