Our Curriculum at Histon and Impington Infant School
Histon and Impington Infant School nurtures the progress of every child through a creative curriculum. Independent learning is encouraged through a wide variety of rich, challenging and exciting activities. Fundamental to achievement are the acquisition of knowledge, skills and reflective thinking.
The National Curriculum (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum) sets out what children should be taught. The new national curriculum, released in 2014, programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught by the end of each key stage and in each of the subject area. Children in their Nursery and Reception years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2)
Here at Histon Infant School, we deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. This National Curriculum comprises of three core subjects:
In addition, there are a number of foundation subjects which are taught across the primary phase:
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education (PE)
- Religious Education
- MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum. At Histon and Impington Infant School, we follow the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus 2018.
Our curriculum is planned for each year group and we follow a yearly curriculum overview which can be found on our website. We plan our learning based around a topic and try to make cross-curricular links where possible. There are however times when subjects are stand alone and are delivered to run parallel to our topic learning. Working as part of the Cambridge Primary Education Trust, we plan collaboratively across the four schools, drawing on expertise across the trust to enhance the planned learning for our children.
At Histon and Impington Infant School, we are looking to create opportunities for children to experience and master a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to enhance in school learning. Each year, the children access a range of trips, visitors and other thematic experiences to enrich their time here.
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
“to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, RE, PSHE and Assemblies provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.
Phonics is the name given to the process of learning the sounds, names and shapes of the letters that make up the English language. There are 44 different sounds, made up of singular or groups of letters. Some of these sounds then have a variety of ways of writing them down.
Histon and Impington Infant School follows the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’, using a variety of ways of delivering it. We use a variety of approaches to reach all children and often use a multi-sensory way of learning which we feel is successful for the vast majority of our children. Young children in particular learn by ‘doing’ so it is common to see them hunting for hidden words around the school or digging for hidden letters in the sandpit, taking part in treasure hunts-anything that gets them moving! All of our children take part in a daily 20 minutes Phonics sessions where they are taught the skills of segmenting and blending in order to become successful readers and writers.
There is some key vocabulary that both children and adults use:
Phoneme – the smallest unit of sound a letter, or group of letters makes.
Grapheme – the written shape of a phoneme
Digraphs and Trigraphs – two or three letters making one sound
Blend – two or more sounds said closely together e.g. spl, fl, xt, ump
We teach the cursive style of letter formation but it is important that children are exposed to all sorts of letter styles and fonts.
We strongly believe that reading is the key to accessing most other subjects within the curriculum and is a basis for having a sound education. We strive to teach the children the key skills to be able to read, as well as a passion and love for books and reading. We provide an environment conducive to this by ensuring children are exposed to a rich variety of texts, opportunities to share and enjoy books and the role models they need to experience why reading is so great!
Guided Reading is a dedicated, accurately planned session during which children are taught the skills to become confident, independent and motivated readers. Skills we teach include; application of phonics to decode words, self-correction, self-monitoring, omission to work out unknown words, reading for meaning and inference.
We are very proud to be a school which offers the Boosting Reading Potential (BRP) programme. BRP is a one to one reading intervention which is hugely successful in supporting children to make rapid progress with their reading ability.
Parents are encouraged to read with children at home using books from our colour banding reading scheme, communicating their child’s progress in the reading journals that the school look at regularly. Our reading books come from a range of different reading schemes that include the Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat as well as a decodable picture books appropriate to the children’s level.
Should you have any questions about the school curriculum or require a paper copy of any information, please contact your child’s class teacher or a member of the School’s Leadership Team.