At East Ruston we use the National Curriculum enriched with Forest Schools.  If you would like any information, plase contact the office.


Please click here in order to find out about the National Curriculum.

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A Typical School Day

8:45  Doors open

Early morning activities: reading, writing, computers. The children settle into school, order their lunch and have the opportunity to ease into learning through early morning activities. Children read individually to an adult or to each other. We have a range of colour coded reading books that children take home in their book bags.

9:00   Assembly
9:15  Daily 'Smart Kids' small group phonics lesson

Small ability groups working at different phases of the Letters and Sounds programme. Children learn to blend and segment words to read and to spell. Phase 1 focuses on single letter sounds while phase 4 looks at words using 'ou' or 'ow'

9:45  Rabbits Class

(Year 1 and 2) Literacy lesson and activities including speaking and listening, reading, drama and writing. We follow the National Curriculum. 

 9:35  Robins Class

(Reception) The children will be working in small groups. Literacy groups  making up stories with the help of puppets and role play and maths groups learning about numbers through interactive group activities. Talking about numbers in a practical activity has been shown to improve children's understanding of core mathematical concepts and this impacts on levels of achievement at SAT's in year 2. Groups will be working in Robins class, the hall and outside.

10:45  Playtime and morning snack
We aim to make playtimes a further opportunity for learning through play so provide a range of resources to develop creative thinking, collaborative play, team work and communication skills.

11:00  Rabbits Class

Maths lessons and activities following the National Curriculum and using Numicon resources and ICT. 

11:00  Robins Class

Groups change activities so all children have a focused activity session in literacy and maths everyday as well as time for independent play and a story at the end of the morning.

12:00  Lunch and playtime

School lunches are freshly cooked onsite everyday by our own school cook. 

1:00  Afternoon activities

 At East Ruston Infant School we are keen to promote an active, healthy curriculum where children have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and learn through exciting, challenging experiences. Our aim is to develop children's confidence and abilities in a broad and balanced curriculum. 

Art and Forest Schools with Mrs Barry

Mrs Barry is a trained forest schools teacher and the afternoon of activities in the environmental area is the highlight of most children's week. A programme of activities develops children's self-esteem, leadership skills and enables them to handle risk in a safe controlled environment. Please see the display in the corridor or speak to Mrs Barry or the children to find out more.

RE,, PSHE and Ecoding with Mrs Fisher

Our RE curriculum is based on the multicultural religions - Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism - and Chinese New Year.  We explore the festivals of the religions and link their beliefs compare and contrasting them with each other and our own.  For example, Diwali, Passover, Easter, Christmas, Harvest, Sukkot, Jesus as a phophet, calmness, and music.

Music and PE with Mrs Brooker 

Mrs Booker is our PE and Music specialist and she teaches children to a very high standard in both subjects. Children also have sports coaching each week and there is an after school sports club. All children from Year 1 and Year 2 currently have 3 half terms of swimming per year.


British Values 

At East Ruston Infants, we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:



These values are taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE) and a range of assemblies throughout the year. We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Each year we have a whole school enrichment week which focuses on British Values.


These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:



Children develop their understanding of democracy through the process of the School Council. Children experience the process of voting and the responsibility of representing their peers at the Council forum. They also have the opportunity to do the same with the Eco-Committee and their weekly choice of 'Bees Knees' certificate winner. This furthers the children's understanding of democracy and the democratic process.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Each class has an agreed set of rules alongside the school rules which are prominently displayed. Children are taught that community cohesion and personal responsibility are secured through rules and laws in our society. Visits from authorities such as the police are a regular part of our calendar and help reinforce this message.


Individual Liberty

Children are actively encouraged to make choices at school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices such as signing up for extra-curricular clubs and choosing the level of challenge in some lessons.


Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based on core values such as 'respect' and 'responsibility'. Assemblies promote personal qualities and values for life and are central to how we expect everyone to conduct themselves at our school. Mutual respect is fostered in children through the increased use of collaborative learning techniques in class. Children are given the opportunity to work with different members of the class to share views, ideas and opinions. These are used across the curriculum and children demonstrate a mature level of cooperation towards each other.


Acceptance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices are followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.