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Continuous Provision

The Power of Play

At Harnham Infant school we passionately believe a broad and balanced curriculum is best taught through the power of play, the power of continuous provision.

Research and school experience tells us that young children learn best through purposeful play and exploration; therefore, we have built upon our fantastic Early Years practice to provide children in both Year 1 and 2 (KS1) with engaging, experiential learning provision. This approach gives children time to think, explore and learn, they can be engaged in their learning all day long.

Our classroom environments are set up with book corners, science investigation areas, research hubs, spelling stations, design and construction spaces plus many, many more engaging learning stations and interactive displays … our learners are happy, motivated and busy! Within our classrooms children are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, to bounce back after difficulty all whilst developing their Growth Mindset.

Everyday our children get to be scientists, designers, artists, authors, musicians, mathematicians, storytellers, geographers, historians and researchers. Carefully and thoroughly planned play-based experiences inspire the children to consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding enabling them to be independent, resilient learners who aren’t afraid to challenge and stretch themselves.  

Our KS1 children are introduced to weekly challenges through which they can independently apply skills which have previously been taught. This allows children to demonstrate their understanding which in turn allows staff to plan the next steps in the children’s learning journey.

You will find a video below, which explains more about the continuous provision approach in our school. 


Here at Harnham Infant School our families and community mean the world to us. We welcome visits from prospective parents and colleagues alike, if you would like to experience our continuous provision for yourself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.