Plaistow Hill Primary and Nursery School

Plaistow Hill Infant and Primary School

Everyday my daughter is very eager to tell me what she has learnt and is always excited to be going to school

Year 2 Parent

  • "Staff are kind, calm and encouraging - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Children flourish in an environment of genuine warmth and care - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Pupils in Key Stage 1 are confident, listen to each other, share and take turns - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Parents and carers praise the work of the school - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "One parent expressed the view of many with the comment 'the atmosphere and attitude of all the staff is incredible' - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "The outdoor learning environment is used effectively to help children co-operate with each other and practise their number knowledge and skills - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Pupils are happy at Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School - Ofsted, April 2022"
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Our vision statement for our school is that:

Plaistow Hill is a happy, safe and caring environment where everyone is welcomed. We work together to build strong foundations for every child's future steps in life.


Our school vision 

  • Every child should feel valued, safe and happy in our school (Belong)
  • Every child learns best when the curriculum is fun, engaging and creative (Enjoy)
  • Every child should be encouraged to develop their full potential (Aim high)
  • Every child should be taught to be aware of the feelings, wishes and rights of others (Respect)


We aim to achieve this by working as a team-staff, parents/carers, governors and the local community to:

  • Create a safe and nurturing environment where emotional well-being is supported
  • Promote high standards of behaviour and an environment where everyone is valued as individuals
  • Have a broad and balanced curriculum that is fun, hands on, creative and which is personalised to the children's needs
  • Have high quality teaching which inspires, motivates and engages all children and which develops a lifelong love of learning
  • Celebrate effort and produces confident pupils who are prepared to take risks and aim high
  • Focus on developing, caring individuals who have mutual respect for others and who will grow up to be caring and responsible citizens

 Our Guiding values and principles which underpin our curriculum

  • Initiative-Nurture a natural curiosity, enabling children to imagine, enquire and become enterprising
  • Possibilities- Broaden their horizons, expand their knowledge and excitement of the world
  • Adventure-Develop a passion for physical development and improve their confidence through sport and to give them opportunity to manage real risks
  • Community-Develop positive relationships and a sense of right and wrong and the ability to empathise. Understand the power of the school community to change and enhance lives
  • Environment- To learn about the world beyond their local community. To experience the richness of the world's diversity and learn to care about its protection for future generations

How we will do this on a day-to-day basis

  • We ensure an exciting and creative curriculum by:
  • Using both the indoor and outdoor environment for learning.
  • Trying to start each topic with an "inspiration" day to enthuse learning about a topic or theme.
  • Bringing visitors into school to enhance the children's learning and taking children out on visits as often as possible.
  • Taking children's interests and ideas and planning with those in mind
  • Having a termly focus on a key learning behaviour.
  • Taking part in city wide initiatives e.g. stories in the city, multi skills festival, Lord Mayor's carol service.
  • Making sure the curriculum is very hand's on and practical and takes into account the children's different learning styles.
  • Taking the children on "forest school" type activities.
  • Offering a wide range of extra curricular activities, including at our extended school's provision.
  • Regularly reviewing our curriculum provision.

We learn together and celebrate success by:

  • All EYFS children having an on line "Learning Journey" which is regularly updated. We ask parents to contribute to this by writing their own comments or adding photographs.
  • Celebrating "Star of the Week" in assembly/weekly newsletter.
  • Having a "Star of the Day"/Special Helper within individual classes.
  • Having weekly Handwriting and maths certificates for each class.
  • Children receive stamps/stickers/post cards home.
  • Sharing "special learning" with key adults.
  • Valuing children's learning and displaying it around the school.
  • Encouraging paired and small group work.
  • Regular circle time sessions.
  • Encouraging the children to share their achievements from out of school activities.
  • Making sure adults continue to be learners too.

We respect each other and the world we live in by:

  • Agreeing and re-visiting class rules with the children.
  • Having consistent expectations around behaviour, for all.
  • Ensuring that everyone has a voice that is listened to.
  • Welcoming all children and adults to the school.
  • Learning about different religions and from various artefacts in RE.
  • Having a focus for SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) on  planning.
  • Using assembly themes to support the children's learning.
  • Welcoming visitors from other countries and from different religions.
  • Helping children to learn more about their locality, their city, this country and the world beyond.
  • Fundraising for a range of charities.
  • Promoting outdoor learning, including forest school.
  • Having a termly focus on key learning behaviour.

We provide a happy and safe learning environment by:

  • Ensuring staff are available to greet parents at the beginning and end of the day.
  • All staff knowing the children well.
  • Having a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) available to support children
  • Ensuring the PSHE curriculum is consistently and progressively taught.
  • Teaching the children the necessary skills to be able to work safely within their environment.
  • Having playground pals.
  • Ensuring appropriate e-learning/e -safety procedures are in place.
  • Implementing Health and Safety procedures rigorously, including risk assessments.
  • Making sure all adults have received the appropriate training for Child Protection and First Aid
  • Welcoming parents as partners in their children's learning.
  • Encouraging school council representatives to give feedback on the school provision from a child's perspective.
  • Giving out regular questionnaires/feedback to the school community.
  • Providing before and after school care.