Learning and Teaching

Trafalgar Infant School offers a rich, varied and exciting curriculum covering academic, creative, personal, social and health education. A balance of adult led and child initiated activities is at the core of our approach to learning and teaching.

Here we provide information on how we teach basic skills. We provide information about our reading scheme, our approach to phonics and our approach to maths. We have also provided information about our curriculum. If you have any questions or would like further information about our curriculum please contact the school office.


Our Reading Scheme

These are some of the published  graded reading schemes used in school:

logos of reading schemes

They can be found within each of the following book bands:


Key Stage 1

The teacher assesses the correct level for the child and then monitors their progress, encouraging lots of books to be read at each level before moving them on.

Our ‘Happy Readers’ scheme includes children taking books home regularly to share and practice their reading skills.


How we teach Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, together with songs and videos the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.

Our Approach to Maths

Lessons are carefully planned to follow the National Curriculum objectives and guidance contained in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Progress of children’s developing sense of number and calculation strategies is monitored using maths target walls. This ensures that pupils and teachers are aware of the next steps to secure mathematical proficiency. A problem solving approach enables children to recall and apply their developing maths skills.



Our Assessment Principles (which can be found under Learning & Teaching section on our policies page) support effective learning & teaching.

Our Curriculum

Alongside the teaching of the basic skills, each year group covers 6 topics throughout the year so they can use and apply all their reading, writing and maths skills.

We have provided more detail about each of the topics below.

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Autumn Term 1: All about me
Autumn Term 2: Colour

Spring Term 1: How things work
Spring Term 2: All around us

Summer Term 1: Living things
Summer Term 2: Water

Year 1
Year 2
Whole School
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