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Curriculum Intent Development


As a school community we explored the barriers to learning which our children face. The staff and governors developed our Curriculum Intent together, to ensure that we provide opportunities for our children to thrive and to help them to diminish the barriers they face.


Healdswood Infant and Nursery School

Curriculum Intent

We believe that our curriculum should be rich and engaging; that it should be skills driven and prepare our children for success in life. 

Our school community is passionate about and constantly engaging in professional dialogue to ensure that our curriculum is relevant, rigorous and constantly evolving; to ensure learning ignites curiosity and raises aspirations.

Children learn best when the experiences we offer are first hand and linked to their interests.  Our children are encouraged to think creatively, question and explore to become lifelong learners.

We teach each of our learning behaviours systematically. So that our children learn how to develop resilience and creativity, work effectively within a team and become aware of themselves as learners. Our Healdswood Learning Powers: Agent Ideas, Fantastic Focus, Team Effort Expert, Keep It Up Captain, Have A Go Hero and Learning Legend.

Our Rainbow rules intertwine everything that we do, therefore our school has made seven curriculum pledges to our children.

Our Curriculum Pledges

1. To value each child as an individual, striving to provide a curriculum, which is engaging, purposeful and intertwined with knowledge and skills.

2. To provide a curriculum that broadens our children’s learning experience both in and beyond the community and school, as our children experience a range of trips, visits and outside visitors.

3. To embed our school values in our curriculum and to educate our children to be individuals; who care and respect each other, the community, the environment and the wider world.

4. To spark curiosity, awe, wonder and enable our children to appreciate and marvel in the world in which they live, through our curriculum.

5. To immerse our children in a language and vocabulary rich curriculum.

6. To foster a school community that values partnerships with parents, who understand and support how our curriculum can foster a love of learning.

7. To nurture our children to become confident and resilient learners, through a curriculum that values our children’s well-being.


Below are our whole school special events:

Spring Term 2019:


Week 1

Thursday 9th January

Music week with dress like a rock star day.

Week 2

Monday 13th January

The vicar from the local Methodist church is leading an assembly at 2.45pm.

Week 3

Monday 20th January

Chinese New Year (actual date Saturday 25th) themed assembly 9.30-9.50am

Links within classrooms this week, in particular on the Monday.

Week 4


E-safety day

Week 5

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th February    

Mental Health/Kindness/Anti-Bullying Week-

Intro assembly Monday 9.30-9.50am

Review assembly Friday 9.30-9.50am Pupil interviews before and after, letter sent out to parents explaining the week/bullying

Wednesday 5th February

Visit by Year 1 to Stoneyford Nursery Home (as part of kindness week (reading stories and playing games together)

Thursday 6th February

Visit by Year 2 to Stoneyford Nursery Home (as part of kindness week (reading stories and playing games together)

Friday 7th February

Wear ‘something that makes you feel happy’ Non-uniform day, children to bring chocolate for a chocolate raffle for Valentine’s Day

Week 6

Monday 10th – Friday 14th February

Foundation Stage having class pets in their classrooms (FS1- two guinea pigs, FS2- a rabbit). Being delivered on Monday at 9.15am and collected on Friday at 2.30pm.

Monday 10th- Thursday 13th February

Raffle tickets to be sold for the chocolate raffle on the playground in the mornings (Monday-Thursday) by the PTA. Prizes to be drawn in Thursday’s assembly to be sent home on this day.

Wednesday 12th February

Valentine’s Day themed film club- led by IA’s


Friday 14th February

Healthy Heart Day – activities throughout school



Week 1

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th February

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

Links within classrooms- Vicar to visit for an assembly

Week 2

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th March

Parent’s evenings 3.30-5.30pm

 Everyone together in the hall.

Thursday 5th March

World Book Day- fancy dress with a winner for the best costume in each class 

Week 3

Monday 9th- Friday 13th March

Sign Language Week- assemblies on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Friday 13th March                

Sports relief

Week 4

Monday 16th – Friday 20th March

Science Week with a dress as a mad scientist day (

Friday 20th March

‘Making memories with Mummy’ afternoon for Mother’s Day (actual date Sunday 22nd March). Crafts, sharing books and other activities in classrooms. Mother’s Day cards to be made previously to give to Mum’s on this afternoon and one song taught to sing to Mum’s in the classroom

Week 5

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th March

Take One Picture Week

Wednesday 25th March

Easter Bonnet Competition- bonnets to be brought in the morning, voted for by children in the afternoon and prizes/hats given back after school/the disco

Easter themed disco. FS2 & KS1: 3.30-4.30pm

Week 6

Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April

Easter themed activities within classrooms to make things for the Easter Sale.

Thursday 2nd April

Nursery AM and Ash Class Spring performance in hall 9.20am

Nursery PM and Beech Class Spring performance in hall 1.20pm

Parents stay and play in the classrooms after

Thursday 2nd April

Easter sale




Autumn term 2019:


Week 1

Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th September

Take One Picture Week (whole school)

Week 2

Wednesday 11th September

Swimming starts for Year 2 Sycamore

Week 3

Friday 20th September

Harvest assembly 9.30am

Collecting cupboard items for the homeless

Followed by Harvest activities in classrooms

Celebration assembly to start at 3.00pm (JRe) so that children can bring some of their work to celebrate

Week 4

Friday 28th September

Meetings with parents reading/ phonics/ writing  FS2

9.10am in the hall led by ZDu/GGr


Macmillan Coffee Morning- on the playground (PTA to organise)

Week 5

Thursday 3rd October

School photographs individual 8.30am start

School Census Day- Super Hero themed lunchtime

National Poetry Day

Friday 4th October

Grandparents Day

Week 6



Week 7

Wednesday 16th October

Halloween disco       Whole school: 4.00-5.00pm




Week 1

Monday 4th November

Bonfire Night- fire safety in class       

Assembly at 9.30am

Visit by a fire engine

Wednesday 6th November

Diwali- comparisons to Bonfire in class      

Assembly at 9.30am

Week 2

Monday 11th November

Nursery AM and FS2 Ash Class Autumn performance in hall 9.20am

Parents stay and play in the classrooms after

Nursery PM and FS2 Beech Class Autumn performance in hall 1.20pm

Parents stay and play in the classrooms after

Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th November

Kindness week

Assembly at 9.30am

Friday 15th November                 

Assembly at 9.30am

Children in Need (£1 donation per family, wear pjammas and bringing coins for a copper Pudsey on the playground

Activities in classrooms

Week 3

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th November                

Parents meetings (3.30-5.30pm)

Week 4

Friday 29th November

Christingle - Introduction assembly at 9.30am

Christingle- classroom activities

Celebration assembly to start at 3.00pm so that we can light the Christingles and sing hymns whole school

Week 5

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd December

School PANTO visits

Friday 6th December

Nursery - Christmas Craft morning (parents welcome)

FS2 and KS1 – Christmas Craft afternoon (parents welcome)  

1 hour visit                               

Week 6

Tuesday 10th December                 

Nursery PM and FS2 Ash Class Nativity performance 2.00pm

Thursday 12th December

Nursery AM and FS2 Beech Class Nativity performance 10.00am

Friday 13th December                 

Christmas Dinner day for all children

Wear a Christmas jumper/festive clothing

Week 7

Tuesday 17th December                

Yr2 – Silver Birch and Sycamore classes - Nativity performance 10.00am  Yr1 – Cherry and Maple classes - Nativity performance 2.00pm

Wednesday 18th December                

Yr1 - Cherry and Maple classes - Nativity performance 10.00am                                Yr 2 - Silver Birch and Sycamore classes -  Nativity performance 2.00pm

Thursday 19th December

FS2 Christmas party PM- hall needed     (send in party clothes)   

Send home a decorated bag for children to send their own food in

Thursday 19th December               

Carol singing in the playground 3.00pm

Friday 20st December                 

FS1 Christmas party AM- hall needed    

Send home a decorated bag for children to send their own food in

KS1 Christmas party PM- hall needed     (send in party clothes)   

Send home a decorated bag for children to send their own food