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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars


The Curriculum at St Anne’s Infants’ School


Reach for the Stars


The children at St Anne’s Infants’ spend the crucial early years of their educational journey in our child-centred setting. Nurture is at the heart of what we do; each child is valued and respected as an individual, enabling them to develop a sense of self-belief which empowers them to strive for success.  All staff have the expectation that children will achieve at least in line with national expectations for their age at the end of Reception and end of Key Stage One, no matter what their starting point.


We recognise and celebrate our rare position as an infants’ school, in a historical building situated within a diverse and vibrant city. We foster natural creativity and curiosity through our enriching and inspiring curriculum, and engage children in a variety of experiences to ignite their interest and broaden their knowledge of the world around them. This in turn provides opportunities to develop their vocabulary, language and communication skills which will be vital throughout their lives.  The curriculum we offer is relevant to the young age of our children thereby creating a memorable education that allows them to flourish and secure the skills they need for their next step in education.


In collaboration with Lighting up Learning Ltd, we have designed a locally focused, curriculum that encapsulates our school vision and values.  Becoming ‘states of being’, for example, scientists, historians, geographers, engineers, philosophers, mathematicians, musicians, authors, readers, artists and athletes, our children are empowered to build upon their prior knowledge and acquire new knowledge and skills through rich experiences within the foundation subjects.  The achievement of ambitious milestones (linked to the National Curriculum), set through each ‘Curious City’ enquiry, leads our adventurous learners to independently apply their enquiry-led learning to complete a challenge, whilst developing the school’s star values within them.  Prioritising local experience, our curriculum is made even more memorable by the opportunities created for children to meet role models, creating aspiration for our young learners, whilst connecting them as local citizens of the present with the knowledge, skills and ideas they will need to have to be the successful, global citizens of the future.


At St. Anne’s Infants' School we are team players. All staff recognise the value of building strong relationships, working closely with our families, wider professionals and members of our local community to enhance children’s educational experience. In turn we teach the children how to develop respect and understanding of others, no matter what their background and beliefs. 


By fostering children’s growth mindset, we develop their resilience and adventurous spirit thereby raising their aspirations and ability to dream big! 


Each child at St Anne’s Infants’ is entitled to a curriculum that:


  • instils core values and skills needed to become polite, respectful citizens who positively contribute to their community
  • develops their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding along with awareness of the core British Values across a range of subjects
  • teaches them the foundations of reading and phonics from the day they join us, as this is fundamental to accessing all other learning
  • immerses them in a language and vocabulary-rich environment
  • equips them with core reading, writing and mathematical skills, which they are able to practise across the curriculum
  • progressively builds on their skills and knowledge in all subjects through high-quality teaching, feedback and regular formative and summative assessment
  • has carefully planned opportunities to revisit concepts in order to commit learning to their long term memory
  • is enquiry-led, linking together learning to build a bigger, more meaningful picture in their mind
  • is purposeful and sequences learning in order to achieve a clear end goal
  • scaffolds the learning process through carefully designed teaching structures
  • raises aspiration by immersing them in states of being from authors to mathematicians, athletes to engineers
  • is enriched through trips, visitors, real-life experiences and a range of extra-curricular activities
  • enables them to make informed choices about their own health, wellbeing and relationships


  • To find out more about the taught curriculum within each year group at St. Anne’s Infants’ School, please click on the relevant icon below to find out more about the curriculum at St Anne's Infants'.


  • Year group pages can be accessed under the Children section of the website.  On these pages you will find updates on the children's learning as the year progresses. If you require more information, please speak to your child's class teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.


  • We are proud to work with ‘Lighting Up Learning Ltd’ in the development and delivery of our enquiry-led wider curriculum.  To find out more about 'Lighting Up Learning' and what it means to be a 'Curious City' school, go to at



self believers - team players - adventurous - resilient - successful




To find out more about how we make the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs, please follow the link below.