Jenyns First School and Nursery

Our Children, Our Future.


What is the intent of our curriculum?


At Jenyns First School and Nursery, our curriculum supports our children to be engaged, motivated and resilient learners and has been built upon our three core values: Ambition, Positivity and Respect. 


We teach a Values Education, whereby children explicitly learn what is needed to equip them for everyday life. Our inclusive curriculum has been designed so that it is knowledge rich across all subjects, coherent and progressive; where children can make meaningful links and prepare them for each chapter in their school journey and beyond.


Children’s characters are nurtured and developed just like the knowledge and disciplinary knowledge of our curriculum. With high expectations, we create a learning environment where every child is valued and respected. All learning styles are planned for when teaching, to ensure every child can reach their full potential while developing personal characteristics to grow into a well-rounded citizen.


We have a strong belief that reading and vocabulary plays a huge part in our curriculum. From the moment, a child joins our school, we aim to immerse them in a wealth of high quality, diverse and relevant texts to support their vocabulary and knowledge of the world. We know our curriculum is most effective, when a high quality core text is used to support children's understanding of vocabulary and knowledge. 


How is our curriculum implemented?


The Jenyns curriculum is based on strong building blocks:

  • Excellent EYFS curriculum based on sound early years pedagogy. We use the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) to support young children overcome language barriers.
  • Literacy is structured through Little Wandle Phonics Programme and The Power of Reading from the Centre of Literacy in Primary Education. Handwriting, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) is taught explicitly through the Herts Essential Spelling Programme.
  • Maths learning is structured through the Herts Essential Maths programme. The children start every day with a 15 minute maths fluency session. Maths Mastery is taught across EYFS and KS1.
  • Science is taught through units taken from STEM and Hamilton 
  • Foundation subjects are taught through units taken from Kapow Primary. 
  • PE, PSHE and RE are taught as discrete subjects. PSHE and RSE is taught through Jigsaw. RE is taught using the Herts agreed syllabus.  
  • Enrichment opportunities are planned for to widen pupil's learning experiences such as Forest School, music tuition, trips, extra curricular clubs, sports events and enrichment days. 



Children’s love of books is celebrated and reading materials closely match each child’s phonic knowledge. Teachers assess through feedback and marking and use this information to ensure that the next lesson is progressive from the last. They are given opportunities to revisit all aspects of the curriculum to weave into larger concepts, regular reviews of learning are carried out at the end of a topic to ensure that teachers can gauge the knowledge a child has built up and how they apply this.

What impact will this have?


The children will leave Jenyns as confident learners ready for their next stage of life. They will hold the disciplinary knowledge required to learn independently, solving problems and having high aspirations of themselves. Because they are well-rounded children they will choose a profession suitable to their interests, skills and aspirations!

At Jenyns, our results are evidence of the high expectations we have of the children at our school.

Whole School Curriculum Overview

Core Text Overview

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