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The curriculum is all the planned activities which are organised in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, but also takes account of the learning opportunities that children can experience as well as a range of activities that school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. It develops the independence and responsibility of all pupils. Our school ensures that all children have a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. The curriculum will develop in order to take account of an ever-changing world. Our school aims to teach pupils how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential.


Our curriculum will enable pupils to:

  • Feel successful in their learning and become the best they can be.
  • To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning.
  • Become independent learners.
  • Know what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop.
  • Develop their critical thinking.
  • Take risks, make mistakes and persevere.
  • To develop their resilience in a happy and safe learning environment.
  • To have continuity and progression in their learning.
  • Be positive citizens in society.
  • Challenge themselves and engage themselves in deeper learning.
  • To have respect for themselves and high self-esteem.
  • Nurture positive relationships promoting working co-operatively with others.
  • Explore their spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development.
  • To acquire knowledge, skills and qualities which will help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, morally and aesthetically, so that they may become independent, responsible, useful, thinking, confident and considerate members of the community.
  • To develop respect for the environment and society.


Equal Opportunities

John T Rice Infant School believes that all those who work in here - children and adults - have the right to be treated fairly and with respect by everyone connected with the school. Leaders, staff and governors aim that our school is a safe, supportive place, where all children and adults feel valued as individuals, whatever their ability, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The school aims to foster the social and personal skills of co-operation, sharing and mutual respect.


Key Skills

John T Rice Infant School believes the following skills and attributes are key within pupil development, and these are promoted through the curriculum:

  • Skills
  • Communication
  • Application
  • Information Technology
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving Attributes
  • Try new things
  • Work hard
  • Concentrate
  • Personal Challenge
  • Imagine
  • Improve
  • Understand others
  • Don’t give up




Our curriculum is underpinned by the principle value of providing high quality educational experiences that are focused on continued improvement in whole school standards and the development of independent and responsible learners. We strive to make our children passionate about learning and make their education as meaningful and relevant as possible. Every child is valued as an individual; we aim to nurture well rounded, respected and confident children who will develop skills for life-long learning.

At John T Rice Infant School, our values permeate all areas of school life and are reflected in the school’s motto; “Aim High and Shine”. We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously and ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. Our school values the way in which all children are unique, and the curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth. The curriculum is organised so that school promotes co-operation and understanding between all members of our community. Each child in the school is respected for who they are, and they are treated with fairness and honesty. School aims to enable each person to be successful and provide equal opportunities for all children in school. The environment is valued, and staff aim, through the curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and caring for it for future generations, as well as our own.