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Our vision

At Brightside Nursery Infant School we will provide a safe, secure, nurturing, supportive, bright and well resourced environment. All our children will be happy, well behaved, caring, investigative, and innovative in order to reach their full potential in all aspects of their development. We will plan and deliver a personalised curriculum based on first-hand experience which recognises and builds on the experience for each child. 
If you have any questions about the school curriculum please speak to our curriculum leader Miss Louisa Frost. 

Long term planning for the whole school curriculum

Our Curriculum Intent

At Brightside Nursery Infant School the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop communication skills, build independence, and provide a bright start to lead to a brighter future.

We celebrate and welcome differences within our school family and wider community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We strive to develop a unique curriculum based around our local context to engage, stimulate and deepen learning. Our aim is to provide children with the ability to become reflective, creative and resilient learners who aim high to succeed in life. We use a Learning Challenge curriculum as a vehicle to enable all our learners to become confident, respectful problem solvers who have the capability to overcome barriers that they face.

Children leave Brightside with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners



Our curriculum aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils
  • Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
  • Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Promote British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare pupils for life in modern day Britain.
  • Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
  • Promote independence, resilience and a positive attitude towards learning
  • Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
  • That all teachers and other professionals are “lifelong learners”, committed to an ongoing development of their own knowledge and skills to optimise the pupils’ learning experiences.
  • That a positive, caring attitude, where achievements at all levels are acknowledged and valued, is prevalent throughout the school.
  • Provide opportunities to talk both imaginatively, expressively and to explain, reason and clarify using deeper thinking skills
  • Provide pupils with the skills, attitudes and values are so they are prepared for the next stage of learning


Pupils are assessed at the end of reception and at the end of year 2. At the end of year 2, pupils will take part in the KS1 assessments for reading, writing and maths. Please use this link for more information.

KS1 exemplification materials for reading

KS1 exemplification materials for writing

KS1 exemplification materials for maths

At Brightside NI School, we use the Sheffield STAT for teacher assessment from nursery to year 2.  Please click here for more information.