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Marlow Church of England Infant School

Early Years

Our Foundation Stage Curriculum is designed to inspire and excite all children, regardless of their background or prior experiences. We are committed to getting to know our children and take interest in their experiences to ensure the curriculum is most suited to their needs. Our curriculum builds on the characteristics of effective learning to develop curious, enthusiastic and resilient learners.

Our curriculum is clearly planned and sequential, taking key stepping stones in children’s development to ensure children are track for the next steps in their learning. Exciting stories and enrichment activities enhance the provision.

Staff value the place of high quality interactions with each and every child to help children to acquire a wide vocabulary and the skills to communicate effectively. The children learn to listen sensitively, respond appropriately, act with kindness and respect of others.

Systematic, daily phonics lessons take place to give children foundations for learning in both reading and writing. This is combined with daily reading sessions which ensure children put these phonics skills into practice, along with the acquisition of key words and opportunities to share good quality stories.


Our curriculum ensures children leave Reception with good social skills, a solid understanding of early mathematical concepts and the ability to read and write words and simple sentences. They are beginning to understand their responsibility to each other and to our planet. They are equipped to enter the Key Stage 1 curriculum with confidence.