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What does your child learn at school each day?

Find information about our curriculum here.





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All the children at John T Rice Infant School receive a broad and balanced curriculum relevant for the area that they live in. Our topics were chosen with our children and their interests in mind
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School drivers

School drivers 1 Effective Communication
School drivers 2 Active Learners
School drivers 3 Possibilities
School drivers 4 Healthy well-being


At John T Rice Infant School, the letters and sounds phonic programme is used across the school to support the teaching of reading. Children learn to blend letters and groups of letters together to read words. Children are taught  variety of actions that accompany each phoneme and this helps support the multi sensory approach to phonics we take.


All children in F1, F2, Year 1 and Year 2 access a daily, 20 minute discrete, systematic phonics lesson. These sessions follow the sound reading system methodology using the sequence of letters and sounds programme. The discrete sessions are a mixture of Year Group specific coverage and focused group sessions. Children are also taught common exception words alongside the phonics.



Children who need additional phonics receive weekly interventions specifically tailored to their needs.


Long-term Phonics plan FS2-Y2



At John T Rice Infant School, we aim to foster a real love of books and want all children to have access to high quality reading material. We are lucky enough to have a wide range of reading schemes, such as Oxford reading tree and Collins Bog cat, which include fiction and non-fiction books for children to select. In order to support the children moving through the different reading stages, all the books are Book Banded in to colours and Free Readers. Children have a reading diary containing a bookmark of questions related to their current reading stage. We encourage parents to read with their child at home every night and record this in their reading diary. Rewards are given when they reach a certain number of nights. 

Early reading skills are systematically taught both in daily whole class reading, small group reading sessions, individual reading and through other subjects within the curriculum. We believe at John T. Rice, that reading is the key to opening up the rest of the curriculum and we aim for all children who leave us to be competent early readers!


Switch on reading intervention is used throughout Key Stage 1 to give extra support to some children who need an extra helping hand with early reading skills. Support from home is key for this programme to be fully-successful and we liaise regularly with parents/ carers of children accessing this programme.




At John T Rice Infants School, we aim for all children to become independent and confident mathematicians. We follow a Maths Mastery approach which allows the children to explore and connect mathematical concepts through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract resources. Each classroom has a range of resources (such as counters, base ten, numicon) that children can access independently to support them in all areas of their maths learning. Reasoning is included in all areas of maths regularly and children are exposed to a wide variety of problems.


In Early Years, the approach to maths is a practical approach with emphasis on using concrete apparatus to understand mathematical concepts. There is a range of maths opportunities across the outdoor and indoor continuous provision, which teachers update regularly to reflect the weekly maths focus. Every week there is a teacher led maths focus activity and an independent rainbow challenge. There are daily maths activities in Foundation Stage 2 such as 100 days of school and number of the week.






We use the Notts Agreed Syllabus when planning and teaching our RE Curriculum. Lessons are taught discreetly via whole class sessions or through our Literacy work. 

Foundation Subjects


Our topic afternoons are driven by the Learning Challenge Approach. This ensures work is very interactive and hands-on. It also encourages independence with learning. The children in Key Stage 1 have challenge star charts where they are encourage to place a star against their name upon completion of each activity. They can decide which activity to do and when. 


Children will often say:

"I love filling up my star chart with the different coloured stars".

"I like to decide the activity I do first"

"I can decide who I want to work with"




Learning Challenge afternoons

Teachers try to use the outdoors to make the learning diverse and exciting. We have a large outdoor area, a well developed foundation stage playground and a pond and wildlife area. We make use of the local area and visit the local allotment each term. Our maths, reading  and writing is linked well into the other areas of the curriculum.

Foundation Stage Continous Provision

At John T. Rice we feel it is important to immerse the children in experiences some of which they may never have seen before. Recently we had some members from a brass band come and play for the children. The found out all about the instruments and asked some fantastic questions to the band members.
For further information about our school curriculum please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs. Bennett (Head teacher), Mrs. Smith (Deputy Head teacher/ curriculum leader) or your child's class teacher.