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Malmesbury Primary School

Brings out the best in everyone

What are we learning at school?

In the early years we place great emphasis on knowing each child as an individual in order to respond to their arising needs and to instil high expectations. We aim to build secure foundations, in a nurturing and inclusive environment, so that our pupils can be successful in Key Stage One and beyond.

We prioritise the prime areas of learning in the Nursery curriculum and for those children needing this continued focus in Reception.  Our enabling environment and warm, skilful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration.

As the pupils move into Reception, we invest time and energy into helping pupils set and reflect on their own goals by aiming high and developing a love of reading, writing and number.  This is delivered through a holistic curriculum which is inspirational, relevant and fun.

We promote the unique child by offering extended periods of play and sustained thinking. We value imagination and creativity and seek to create a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning through a vibrant continuous indoor and outdoor provision alongside trips, visits and regular enrichment experiences. Our investment in specialist teachers mean that the children continually receive high quality teaching.


Please see the documents below which provide further information about our curriculum and school day. 
Visit the 'News and Events' section of our website for regular updates in our Reception newsletters. 


Learning Journals 


At Malmesbury, ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. Staff observe pupils to identify their level of achievement, interests and learning styles. These observations are used to shape future planning. Staff also take into account observations shared by parents and/or carers.

Each child in Reception has a learning journal folder which evidences observations as well as guided and independent learning.

Each term a child will receive a ‘special sheet’ with observations evidencing new learning and progress they have made. Please read the guide below: