Our Curriculum

For further information on any aspect of the school curriculum please call the school office on 01384 872382.

Every child at Foley Infant School has access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The curriclum comprises all the varied and exciting activities and experiences we offer to the children and includes all the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and National curriculum. Ofsted commented that:


“The good curriculum is extended by an excellent range of enrichment activities. These include a very wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as tennis, French, yoga, choir, gardening and knitting. The quality of the curriculum is reflected in the variety of national awards the school has gained, such as Artsmark, Healthy Schools Award and Activemark.”  

The Early Years Foundation Stage  – EYFS (Reception)

Children begin school with a wealth of skills and knowledge. The period of education from birth to five is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and pupils in Reception continue to work towards Early Learning goals in six areas of learning –

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

National Curriculum Subjects

These are categorised as Core Subjects –

Literacy (reading, writing, speaking & listening and drama), Mathematics (number, shape, space & measures and data handling),


Information and Communication Technology

Religious Education.

The foundation subjects are:

  • history
  • geography
  • design & technology
  • art and craft
  • music
  • physical education

In addition we teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Citizenship, Environmental Education, and, exceptionally for an infant school, French.

The basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics are given a high priority.

Literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening, drama)

We place great emphasis on literacy at Foley Infant School. Children are taught the skills of handwriting, spelling, comprehension, punctuation and grammar and are encouraged to write for many different purposes. They are given the opportunity to listen and respond to stories and poems and we are very successful in helping children to becom confident, independent readers and writers. Children read for enjoyment and information every day. 

Our phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds.

Our reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree (supplemented by other schemes and books to ensure quality reading provision for our children).

Mathematics (number, shape, space and measure and data handling)

Children are taught the importance of selecting from a range of mental strategies to solve mathematical problems. Emphasis is placed on practical and oral work and mental computation as well as the application of principles and knowledge to everyday situations.



For further information on any aspect of the school curriculum please contact the school office on 01384 872343.
Year 1 SCHOOL DAYS Changes in schools in the last 100 years


POLES APARTHot and Cold Countries


‘GET OUT OF MY SWAMP!’ The land of Fairy-tales


TOYS Changes through the generations

History & Technology

FLIGHT Study of the First Flight


Year 2 THE HOME FRONT World War II from a local and UK view


INDIAN SPICE India as a contrasting locality


‘WONDER WOMEN’ Famous women in history


LONDON’S BURNING The Great Fire of London


PIONEERS Innovative individuals

Science & History

Year 3 ‘MEET THE FLINTSTONES’ Britain in the Stone, Iron and Bronze Age


EXTREME SURVIVAL Adapting to different climates and environments


TOMB RAIDERS Ancient Egyptians


TRANSPORT Aviation and Exploration


CHINA The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

History & Geography

Year 4 ROMAN RULE The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain


THE WORLD’S KITCHEN Food and farming around the world


CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Changes in social history


REIGN OVER US The power of the monarchy




Year 5 INVADERS Angles, Saxons and Scots


WILD WATER Rivers and Coasts


MEXICO AND THE MAYANS Modern and Ancient Mexico

Geography & History

BRITAIN AT PLAY Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century


WALLS AND BARRICADES Borders or barriers? To defend or to divide?

History & Geography

Year 6 RULE BRITANNIA The Viking and Saxon battle for the throne of England DISASTER! Natural Disasters – Volcanoes and Earthquakes GREECE LIGHTNING A study of modern and Ancient Greece YES MINISTER! British Politics and Parliament


OUT OF THIS WORLD Solar system, universe, space exploration and alien life