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Jigsaw

Merry Hill uses the Jigsaw PSHE (personal social health education) programme. Jigsaw brings together PSHE education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It aims to enhance self-esteem and positive behaviour and relationships within the school. Want to know more? If you want to know more about Jigsaw, please do not hesitate to ask …

Special Educational Needs

In September 2014, a new Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) became law in England. It covers all schools and settings that cater for children and young people from 0 to 25. Merry Hill is a two-form entry, mainstream, inclusive community Infant School with a 60-place Nursery class. At Merry Hill, …

Supporting your Children’s Learning

The more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively he or she will learn at school. Children can achieve well at school when family and friends take an interest in their school and school work. Growth Mindset We recently launched an exciting and new initiative within our school which is designed to improve …

Our Curriculum

At Merry Hill we have a child-centred skills based curriculum, designed to develop a love of learning that meets the needs of all our children. Intent Statement At Merry Hill Infant school, our children arrive ready to learn with a wide range of experience so our curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide …

Early Years Foundation Stage

  The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important time in a child’s school career, where the foundations are laid for their future education . We welcome all children into the Nursery (Tigers, Pandas and Penguins) and Reception (Elephants and Zebras). The children in the Early Years learn through structured and planned play which …

Year 1

Year 1 is an exciting year for the children (and teachers!). We hope the children will come home full of stories to tell about the interesting things they are learning. The beginning of Year 1 is all about transition and helping the children to develop greater independence. Early in Year 1 we utilise practical activities …

Year 2

The final year of Infant School, bringing with it the increased responsibilities of being ‘top of the school.’ In Year 2 (Giraffes and Bears), there is a big focus on developing increased independence in preparation for the move to Junior School.  We hope parents will enjoy hearing at the end of each day all about …

Phonics & Reading

At Merry Hill, our aim is for the children to enjoy reading and develop the ‘reading habit’. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds‟ phonics scheme, to deliver high quality phonic teaching within a language rich curriculum that gives high standards in reading and writing. Letters and Sounds aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills …

Pupil Premium

The funding we receive includes an allocation of pupil premium (government funding to boost achievement for specific pupils). What is the Pupil Premium? The Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding provided by the Government for eligible pupils, to boost achievement.  It is allocated to children from lower income families …

Promoting British Values

At Merry Hill Infant School and Nursery, we fully support the ethos of promoting British Values to prepare our pupils for every success in modern Britain. We understand that the society we live in is diverse, and our curriculum and life at Merry Hill reflect this. Underpinning everything we do are the values and understanding …