Dormers Wells Infant School

Dormers Wells Infant School



Children in the Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).  Nursery is sometimes referred to as FS1 and Reception as FS2.  The EYFS Curriculum promotes development in seven areas of learning and development which include three prime areas:

      • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
      • Physical Development
      • Communication and Language

      and four specific areas:

      • Literacy
      • Mathematics (numeracy)
      • Understanding the World
      • Expressive Arts and Design

      In addition to beginning to write, the children are taught phonics (the link between sounds and alphabetic symbols) in a systematic and progressive way. We follow Jolly Phonics in the Nursery and then the DFE recommended Letters and Sounds phonics programme. We offer the children a broad range of reading books from a variety of reading schemes to develop their understanding of books and print. When they are able, we introduce them to the main school core scheme, Reading 360. They progress through this supplemented at each level by a variety of books. We aim to inspire a love of reading, through an exciting and varied range of fiction and non fiction texts.



Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum for KS1 as follows:


The school’s Literacy Programme is divided into 4 strands: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening.

The reading established at EYFS is continued on through Key Stage One using the core scheme, supplemented by wider reading across Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club, All Aboard, Rigby Star and may other schemes. By Year two most children are reading paperback 'chapter books' such as Horrid Henry and the easier Roald Dahl books.

It is a carefully structured programme, which leads to an overall understanding and appreciation of language. We value the use of stories and base much of our work around them. Good presentation is encouraged in all schoolwork we use the nelson handwriting scheme and once neat printing and letter formation are established the children join-up their letters.

We offer extension teaching for more able pupils and group support for children experiencing difficulties. This is through differentiation of work and intervention groups. Teaching is highly visual to support our predominantly bi-lingual population. 


We teach “Letters and Sounds” throughout the key stage. This is supported by "Phonics Play".


We are working with another school in Wandsworth who are part of The White Rose Maths Hub. This work is based on 'mastery'. We develop mathematical concepts in an interesting and enjoyable way, using practical methods.  We encourage every child to think logically and clearly and to express ideas fluently in a mathematical manner.  We offer extension maths for more able pupils and group support for those experiencing difficulties.  We provide opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum particularly to solve problems.


Science is based on cross-curricular topics, which follow guidelines set out in the National Curriculum. The school has good practical resources that enable children to develop their natural curiosity and encourage them to observe and investigate their environment.  The school has its own field in which we have an “outdoor classroom”.  This is a rich resource for the development of knowledge, understanding and respect for the natural world.  We have also achieved the silver level Eco-Schools Award.


We aim to help children become confident and effective users of ICT.  Children practise their ICT skills in the ICT suite and in class.  ICT is used across the curriculum to support and enrich learning.

All pupils have access to a child friendly Internet Service.  We have Interactive Whiteboards linked to the computers in every classroom. 

History and Geography

Work in these areas is usually integrated into each half-termly topic.  Pupils learn a range of skills and concepts using first-hand experience and a variety of reference material supported by local visits and fieldwork.  They study local history, as well as important periods from the past. The geography of the immediate environment and the wider world is taught, in line with the National Curriculum.


All children experience listening to music from a variety of cultures.  They are taught to play percussion instruments throughout the school and learn a variety of songs and rhymes.  The children also take part in performances for parents. We have visiting teachers from The London Borough of Ealing Music Service and J&C Academy.

Physical Education (PE)

Physical activity is an integral part of the National Curriculum.  EYFS children have access to soft play apparatus to aid physical development in the mini-gym and daily access to the school field. In the playground, co-ordination and skills are taught through the use of large and small apparatus.  Reception, Year One and Year Two follow a programme of gymnastics and dance in our school hall and games in the school playground.   Specialist sports coaches run a lunchtime club for children in Year 1 & 2 and also run activities in the playground every lunchtime.

Design Technology 

Design Technology introduces a wide range of practical problem solving activities.  The children develop skills identifying needs, generating designs, planning, model-making and evaluating results.


Art supports the pupils’ work in other subjects, as well as being an area of study in its own right.  Through the use of a wide range of materials the children develop skills of observation, appreciation and creativity. We have benefitted from an Artist in Residence in 2016-17 who has worked with the children to create a beautiful mural in our reading area and on a number of themed projects in a variety of media.

Religious Education (RE)

Our religious programme is based on a multi-faith approach, linked to the London Borough of Ealing’s agreed syllabus.  Through R.E. children develop their understanding of the world’s major religions, develop spiritual values and a sense of awe and wonder for their world.  Children are taken to visit local places of worship to deepen their understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs.  

Parents have the statutory right to withdraw their children from R.E. on written application to the Headteacher, and after discussion with her.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

We encourage the children to become morally responsible and to practise generosity, thoughtfulness, tolerance and kindness in everyday life.  These principles underpin the school’s ethos.  Our community is culturally diverse and we recognise and celebrate the richness that this diversity brings, thus strengthening the self-esteem of our children and their respect for others.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

The school’s policy for Special Educational Needs fully embraces the principles of the Code of Practice.  We have detailed procedures for successfully identifying and assessing pupils with Special Educational Needs.  The school provides these children with an effective combination of individual and group support from Teaching Assistants.  The preparation of Individual Educational Plans and Action Plans makes a positive contribution to meeting their individual needs and we work with a wide range of professionals from other agencies. 

More Able Children

Children of above average ability take part in a programme of extension and enrichment.  Classrooms are provided with “Challenge Boxes” to develop higher order research and thinking skills. The School Council develops debating skills and articulation.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Children learning English as an additional language are supported by a visually rich curriculum and additional small group support in class. Children at an earlier stage of English benefit from small group sessions based on the Hounslow Language Service model. 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE)

PHSE is broad based and ongoing in the school; it equips children with the skills they need to make a positive contribution as responsible citizens in the future.  It is delivered through the new Ealing Syllabus and involves circle time in which pupils learn, through participation, that every individual has a right to be heard and respected.  We also stress the need for a healthy diet, exercise and personal care and the school has Healthy Schools status.

Sex Education Policy

Dormers Wells Infant School does not provide sex education.  We do, however, answer children’s questions as honestly as we can, in an age-appropriate way and work closely with parents on this issue, as the need arises.


Children are encouraged to participate in assemblies in various ways. Each class leads an assembly during the year. There are assemblies around stories, British Values, acknowledging achievement and we celebrate festivals from major world faiths in this way.