The Grange Community Infant School

I play, I learn, I belong



"Leaders plan the curriculum to provide pupils with a broad range of experiences that support their learning and personal development. Pupils have many opportunities to take part in a wide range of sporting and creative activities. The school's values are deeply embedded in the curriculum and ethos. As a result, pupils behave well and respect each other." (Ofsted 2018)


At The Grange the children enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum and we are creative in the way that we plan and teach all subjects. We believe that this approach motivates and inspires our children to learn. We believe that every child has their own unique gifts and abilities and should be valued for their individuality. Our vision is to promote a love of learning that will continue throughout life and we work in partnership with those at home so information is given in the weekly newsletter about the  areas of learning that will be taught the following week so that parents and carers can promote positive learning habits.


Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum at The Grange do please ask you child's teacher. 


Should you wish to find out more about a subject included within the National Curriculum then please ask at the school office for a paper copy.


We promote learning to learn behaviour and introduce the 'Achievosaurs'.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In Reception the teaching and learning is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is followed in most pre-school settings. This is specifically designed to meet the needs of our youngest learners. We provide an environment that is rich and stimulating with well planned, purposeful activities designed to engage the children.

Children  have a natural curiosity for learning and we encourage them to broaden their experiences through a range of practical activities. We structure and model the language for learning when the children are enjoying exploring new concepts and ideas.

The EYFS Curriculum is built upon what children know and can do. It recognises and provides for children that have different starting points and is structured into different areas of learning. Essential to these are the ways in which children learn through play, exploration, being active and creative. Many of the activities incorporate more than one area of learning and develop critical thinking as well. 

All children have a Learning Journal. We hope to collaborate with you on recording evidence of your child’s learning at home. At The Grange we place great importance on supporting the Reception children as they begin their learning journey through school. In addition to our well-resourced classrooms called Ladybirds, Owls and Hedgehogs, the children's learning opportunities and experiences are extended through the outside classroom area. We offer a range of structured and well-planned activities both inside and outside balanced between adult-led and  child-initiated.


We continuously measure the progress and success that children make towards the Early Learning Goals.  We share targets with parents every term so that children's learning can be consolidated. Achievements are reported to parents in July.The stage reached in all areas of learning for all 17 Early Learning Goals is reported. This is described as emerging or expected. (See Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework)

Key Stage 1- Year One and Year Two

Across the school we use a variety and range of teaching styles. Learning and teaching take place in the inside and outside environment sometimes as a whole class, small group or individually.

Our Year 1 and 2 children enjoy learning through a cross curricular topic based approach.  During the year the children cover the National Curriculum through a range of exciting learning experiences.

All children make good progress because teachers carefully monitor children’s learning and ensure that next steps are appropriate for each child.


In Reception, children are taught to form their letters correctly.  Once they begin to join their letters we encourage them to use a cursive style of writing (see our 'How to help your child at home' page for more information). Children learn to write for a range of purposes and audiences. They learn through writing stories, poems, lists, letters and recounts with the emphasis being on writing for a purpose.


Reading, writing and spoken language are developed using a creative, cross curricular approach.

We aim to foster a love of reading and offer a wide range of reading material through story books to be shared at home and our reading booked matched to the teaching of phonics. The Systematic Synthetic Phonics scheme that we follow is 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised'. Click here for the overview of the programme.


We aim for children to become clear, fluent and confident speakers and our children take part in many presentations and school performances. Good listening is developed in many ways such as listening to stories being read or discussion in learning circles.



We aim to make Maths relevant and enjoyable and promote a cross curricular approach in learning whenever possible. Children enjoy many practical experiences to acquire skills and understanding in number, shape and space (geometry), measure and data handling/statistics. They are encouraged to use these skills so that they can manipulate numbers easily, make reasoned arguments and solve problems. Children are given opportunities to learn individually, in groups and as a class through mathematical challenges.

Religious Education

RE is a compulsory component of the curriculum in all schools and at The Grange is taught in accordance with the Surrey Syllabus. At each Key Stage, teachers may draw from other religions and viewpoints, as appropriate to recognise and celebrate the diversity of the school community, especially those views represented in their own class. Whilst R.E encourages the understanding  of difference and diversity within and across religions it is important that mainstream views and practices predominate through the units studied. 

In Reception children are taught RE through the topics of 'Specialness', 'Celebration' and 'Belonging' based upon children's own lives and experiences. Christianity and other religions and beliefs represented in their own class are introduced.

Key Stage One follow the Surrey Syllabus Units and are introduced to aspects of Judaism and Islam and  consider non-religious views. 

All children are engaged in comparative topics where they discuss big questions such as 'Who looks after our world?' and 'What can we learn from stories?'


All pupils, unless parents have requested that they should be excluded, take part in a daily act of collective worship - this usually takes the form of an assembly. Parents are invited to some special assemblies such as Christmas or class assemblies.


In Science children cover a range of topics including seasonal changes, plants, everyday materials, humans and other animals, living things and their habitats. They work scientifically by observing, asking questions and performing simple tests.


Computing includes teaching children to understand how to give instructions to computers and programs, keep safe on the internet and use modern technology such as iPads, netbooks, cameras and programmable toys. We subscribe to a resource called 'Purple Mash' which enables the children to practise and learn new skills using child friendly computer applications.