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Ripple Infant School
Suffolk Road, IG11 7QS, UK Barking
+44 (0)208 270 4954

Welcome to Ripple Infants School

We teach children to respect, accept and value their classmates and adults in our multicultural school community and in their lives outside school by being role models. We want children to enjoy their time at school and will strive to create a comfortable and secure environment in which they feel cared for and valued by developing the children's independence, confidence and ability to make decisions for themselves.

We aim to make our school community welcoming and friendly in a safe environment. We feel that it is important that parents and teachers work alongside each other to help and support the children.


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School Library

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Literacy display

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Nursery playground
The Ripple Infants School building is of red brick and dates back to the beginning of last century. It has six classrooms, a nursery, a hall and offices. It provides a bright, cheerful environment for children and staff.

The accommodation consists of 6 classrooms, together with a hall, which houses a library, and is also used for PE. The nursery is situated at the end of the corridor in a large annex with a separate play area.

The school has full disabled access with ramps located at all entrances to provide wheel chair access.

There is an additional classroom in the playground, which provides the school with accommodation for a range of group activities. It is also used for an after school club, providing after school care until 6.00p.m. Please contact the school office for more information about this after school club.


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The Nursery and Reception curriculum is based on the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage document, which covers, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development, Personal & Social Development and Physical Development.
The following is a brief outline of the curriculum and at each stage.


Language and Literacy

Children will be given the opportunity to listen and in small and large groups. They will hear to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poem and be helped to enjoy books. We will expect them to recognise own name and use a pencil to write.


We will teach number rhymes and songs, and count and recognise numbers to 10. Children will learn about shapes and patterns. They will use money in play situation.

Knowledge and Understanding

Work will be based around the school surroundings and local environment and people who work there. Children will work with a variety of materials and tools and will be taught to use them safely and appropriately. They will use a computer and use the mouse. We want to encourage curiosity about the world by looking at plants and animals. There will be opportunities to cook and use a simple recipe.

Creative Development

There will be opportunities to paint, make models from a variety of materials e.g. dough, clay, junk boxes and construction toys. Children will look at the work of different artists; sing songs and rhymes, play instruments and listening to a range of recorded music.

Personal and Social

Children will be encouraged to try new things; as well as look after themselves by undressing and, dressing going to the, toilet and washing their hands independently. They will be encouraged to be work independently or with a partner or in a large group. They will be asked to share and take turns. They will learn about the cultures of other children in the group.

Physical Development

We aim to develop their confidence in moving in a variety of ways and using small apparatus with increasing control.


Language and Literacy

Speaking and Listening

Children will listen and discuss stories and experiences. They will be expected to listen carefully to and follow instructions. They will be encouraged to speak clearly and with confidence and ask adults and other children questions.


We aim to engender an enthusiasm for books. Children will be encouraged use pictures and their memory to talk about the content of books and to read a range of familiar words. They will be taught to recognise the name and sound of each letter of the alphabet.


We want children to using try to write and be able to use letter sounds to write unfamiliar words. They will be given a variety of writing purposes e.g. stories, lists, letters. We will teach correct letter formation.


Children will be taught to recognise and write numbers to 20 and to be able to do addition to 10. They will have experience of subtraction. They will sort sets by shape and colour, and recognise, copy and make up own patterns They will learn to understand the terms heavy and light and able to use 1p coins in shopping activities and recognise 2p, 5p, 10p, and 20p coins.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World


Children will be encouraged to use their senses to make observations. They will learn to name parts of the body; know the names of different animals; know what plants need to grow; be aware of the properties of different materials e.g. sand, water, clay, play dough; know how to make familiar objects and toys move; know some objects that use electricity.

Information Communication Technology

They use the computer and develop keyboard skills and use a variety of programs. They will also use a tape recorder and programme-controlled toys.


Children will learn about their development from birth. They will explore a variety of artefacts and pictures to find out about the past.


Work will be based on the school and local environment as well as observations of the weather and seasons.


Children will make imaginative and observational drawings and paintings. They will be encouraged to mix their own colours for painting. They will print and make models.


Children will sing songs and rhymes; copy a variety of sounds and sequences using voice and other instruments and experience playing instruments and know their names. They will listen and talk about recorded music.

Physical Development

Children are expected to gain greater control of their movement and use of equipment e.g. bean bags and balls.

Personal and Social

We want children to develop a positive attitude to learning and learn to work independently. They are encouraged to get on with adults and other children and be willing to share and take turns. Continue to develop their knowledge of other cultures in our society.

Click here for the curriculum covered within our Nursery & Reception Classes

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Within Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2), children follow the National Curriculum. The following gives a description of the work that will have been covered using a range of teaching strategies.


English is taught during the literacy hour. The school follows the Barking and Dagenham English Project, and within blocked units, texts are explored in depth and literacy skills are enhanced. Reading and Spelling Workshops develop word, sentence and text-level skills. Handwriting is taught within whole class lessons.

Speaking and Listening

Children will speak clearly and audibly in full sentences. They will retell a story in a logical sequence and express opinions about a story, using appropriate vocabulary. They will be able to compare similarities and differences, participate in class discussion. They are encouraged to listen with interest to other children and teachers.


They will read aloud confidently and with expression and be able to discuss the text, answering oral and written questions.


Children will write descriptive stories with a clear structure, write instructions, notes, and record experiences. Literacy lessons within Year One will focus on Short Texts, Rhyme and Rhythm, Stories About Bears, Information Texts, Fairy Tales and Stories & Poetry. Within Year Two, literacy lessons will focus on the work of Author Martin Waddell, Information Texts, Traditional Tales, Short Stories & Poetry and Tales from Different Cultures. Children will correctly spell a wide range of commonly used words and use punctuation. Their writing will be legible and even in size. They will be systematically taught a range of spelling patterns. Most children are taught to join their handwriting within Year One.


Mathematics is taught through the National Numeracy Strategy. Children will be able to recall addition and subtraction facts to 20. They will tackle independently addition and subtraction to 100 and be able to tackle simple multiplication and division. They will be able to solve simple problems and justify answers. They will be able to perform simple calculations mentally. Children will sort and describe common 3D and 2D shapes and understand and know the language for standard units of length, weight, and capacity. They will make calculations using money to £5 and be able to use, interpret and devise appropriate data collection methods.


Children will be able to experiment and investigate and have knowledge of electricity, materials, sound and light and a range of environmental issues. Within Year One, children will explore the topics of Ourselves, Reflections, Sorting & Using Properties, Movement, Plants & Growth and Variation. The topics of Sound, Changing materials, Electricity, Health & Growth, Plants & Animals in the Local Environment and The Effects of Human Activity on the Environment will be examined within Year Two.

Information Communication Technology

Each classroom is equipped with at least four computers and a large screen and projector for whole class teaching (Whole Class Interactive Technology). There are also various other items of equipment including laptops and cameras. Other computers are situated around the school to provide the children with opportunities for individual work and collaborative work. It is a DfES requirement that ICT will be used within the teaching of English, Mathematics and Science within Key Stage One. At Ripple Infants, we believe that ICT should be used creatively to enhance the teaching of all subjects within the National Curriculum - helping to raise participation and increase understanding. Furthermore, ICT should also be used selectively during the consolidation elements of lessons thus providing children with opportunities to develop communication, collaboration skills, subject-based knowledge and increased ICT skills.

Religious Education

Children will learn stories from different religions and their relevance to our lives. They begin to talk about important issues in life, develop a greater awareness of right and wrong, play an active role in the school community and show an awareness of how others feel. We follow the Barking and Dagenham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The basis of our teaching is Christian, however we also teach about other faiths and celebrations.


Children discuss their environment and recognise and describe features of particular areas. They use simple geographical vocabulary and read simple maps. Within Year One, children explore the topics of Shops & Food, Making the Streets Safer and The Seaside. The topics of Around our School, An Island Home and North, South, East, West are followed in Year 2.


Children are aware that the past is represented in different ways and learn to answer questions about the past from different information sources and from observations. Within Year One, children explore the topics of Homes, Toys and Holidays. The topics of Schools, The Great Fire of London and Florence Nightingale are followed in Year 2.

Design and Technology

Children will skillfully use a range of materials to design and make simple products. They will explain the use and purpose of their choice of materials, tools and techniques. Within Year One, children work on the topics of Fruit & Vegetables, Moving Pictures and Playgrounds. Within Year Two, children examine Puppets, Buildings and Vehicles.


Children will produce drawings, prints and clay models. They are familiar with work of various artists and use well-known works of art as a starting point for work.


Children will know a wide variety of songs from different cultures and recognise different types of music and respond using simple musical expressions.

Physical Development

Children will have developed a wide range of simple and complex skills in dance, gymnastics and games and show. They will be taught control and the effective use of equipment. They will have opportunity to gain confidence in the water and learn to swim.

Click here for a table outlining the coverage of the National Curriculum within Year One.

Click here for a table outlining the coverage of the National Curriculum within Year Two.


Wearing school uniform helps to create a feeling of belonging to the school and sets the tone for a good work- place atmosphere. Children are expected to wear plain navy or grey and white.
The following clothing is expected:

Low heeled shoes that are suitable for all activities.
Fashion shoes cause danger and are not suitable
for school

• Pinafore dress/skirt/trousers either plain navy or grey.
• Blouse/shirt in white.
• Pullover/cardigan plain navy or grey.
• School tracksuit.

As above or:
• Short-sleeved blouses/shirts in white
• Short trousers plain navy or grey
• Dresses in navy/white or blue/white

Track suits
Plain Navy or Grey for the Infant
school, not the Juniors.

The above items are obtainable from most
large stores and the uniform shop in the town centre.

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For safety and hygienic reasons children are expected to change for PE. They will need:

• A white T-shirt and navy or white shorts.
• A tracksuit or extra jumper and trousers for outdoor PE on chilly days.
• Children do not wear footwear for indoor PE - it is safer to work in bare feet. Children will, however, need    plimsolls or trainers for out-door activities
• Please inform school if your child has a verucca. He/ she will need to wear plimsolls for all PE lessons, until    the verucca has gone.
• Children who forget their PE kit will be expected to do PE in pants and vest.

PE is part of the school curriculum and is important for your child's healthy development; he/she will be expected to participate in all lessons.

It is very difficult to identify lost items of uniform, so please mark clothing with your child's name.

Wearing jewellery in PE lessons is hazardous and children should not attend school wearing earings on PE days.

School Uniform can be purchased from 'National Schoolwear Centres'.  E-mail the Barking branch by clicking here.

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