Virtual Open Day

Welcome to Moorings Way Infant School’s Virtual Open Day

I am incredibly proud to be the Headteacher of Moorings Way Infant School. Our committed and experienced staff ensure that children are exposed to learning experiences in which they can flourish, becoming confident and curious lifelong learners, ready for whatever the future holds.

We believe our greatest asset is our children and we are proud of their many achievements and their personal growth. Our pupils develop into responsible, happy and confident young people. Over lockdown, we introduced bedtime stories on our Facebook page for everybody to enjoy – and many of our pupils took over the sessions themselves by reading their favourite book.

Our children’s development doesn’t just take place in the classroom, however. We are passionate about the use of outdoor learning and run a series of extra-curricular activities like sports clubs, drama clubs, languages, karate and our choir. We also run a breakfast club and after-school club. I hope you enjoy exploring our school!

Mrs R. Vonk | Headteacher


'Leaders are determined that every single pupil at Moorings Way will make a strong and confident start to their education.' - Ofsted

Cognitive Approach to Education

We believe passionately in providing our students with the best foundations on which to build their academic and personal success. 

Our curriculum promotes cognitive education and thinking skills by providing our children with a range of tools and techniques to support learning, not just now but for the future. Thinking Maps and Thinking Hats are embedded within our curriculum, used within language and social emotional development and help with decision making at different levels throughout the school. We are also currently developing other thinking tools to further embed these skills.

Our School Day

Every child is personally greeted by one of our staff. We believe this helps to foster good relationships and sets us up for the day.

We aim to provide the children with a range of learning opportunities throughout the day. Our day begins with Read Write Inc. which is one of the tools we use to teach phonics and reading. Typically, children in Years 1 and 2 have English and Maths lessons in the morning. In the afternoon foundation subjects such as Science, Art, and Computing are taught and linked to the topic. In Year R children follow the Early Years curriculum with plenty of opportunities for learning through play, practical exploration and group work. Year R have free-flow access throughout the day to the outdoor classroom.

We have an excellent outdoor space and we believe strongly in using this space to enrich all children’s learning. We use the field extensively for sports activities and we have our “Treasure Garden” which we use for den building, exploring wildlife and changes to the seasons

Part of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

1. WHO THEY ARE: Affectionately nicknamed Our Trust, it’s effectively the family name for the 18 schools in Our Trust. The schools within Our Trust are situated across Medway, Deal, Hampshire and Plymouth.

2. WHY A THINKING SCHOOL IS THE ONE FOR YOUR CHILD: A Thinking School challenges students to think deeply about their thinking, to be their best self and to gain the knowledge, tools and skills to shape their success in a life beyond school.

The children and young people we're presently educating will retire around 2070. According to experts most of the jobs our children will have don't even exist yet, and this is why developing skills to think independently and become life-long learners is so important.

3. HOW A THINKING SCHOOL WORKS: Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a 'one size fits all'. Each and every member of the TSAT family is equally as important and shares a direction and ethos; put simply, we believe that we are stronger together.

Our schools work with each student so they are aspirational and ready to move forward and understand their role within their local community and beyond. The Thinking School approach to education is unique and we believe that it genuinely transforms the life chances of our children, teaching them the critical thinking skills they need to be resilient in life after school.