School Curriculum

A Unique Child

Positive Relationships

Every child is unique, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Learning and Development

Enabling Environments

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. Emphasis is based on children learning through play with a good balance of child-initiated and focus activities.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.

The Curriculum programme is divided into seven areas of learning equally important and inter-connected. We believe that three of these areas are crucial for igniting the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are the prime areas of learning.

Communication and Language

Children will be given opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

Children will be encouraged to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children will be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will be encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities. We support the children in four specific areas of learning, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are the specific area of learning.


Children will be encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


Children will be given opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World

Children will be guided and encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will be given lots of opportunities to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Albert Einstein

Play is the highest form of research

At Hastings School, we believe that the children in our care are entitled to provision which supports and extends knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. We encourage positive attitudes and disposition to learn and aim to give protection from early failure. Above all, we believe that high quality care and education by teachers will lead to effective learning and development for young children. Every child deserves the best possible start and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.

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