Overview and Curriculum Statement
Our Curriculum at Histon and Impington Infant School
At Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET), we understand the importance of a well-rounded, fulfilling curriculum to prepare our pupils for the next stage of education, and for their future as citizens of the UK.
Through our curriculum, we aim to:
• Ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge that create interested and lifelong learners.
• Ensure that our curriculum underpins and is central to our schools work and embedded practice.
• Provide exciting, flexible, enjoyable and engaging learning experiences for all pupils whilst fully implementing the National Curriculum.
• Enable depth of coverage and effective sequencing in order to build progression of skills.
• Ensure that all children make good progress.
• Actively seek and plan for creative links between subjects.
• Plan for opportunities to write for real and experienced purposes across the curriculum.
The National Curriculum sets out what children should be taught. The 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. www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2
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 the overview of this learning can be found at the bottom on this page. 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. Each subject area has a clear progression of skills and learning builds on prior learning and provides children with the knowledge and skills ready for the next step of the learning journey. Working as part of the Cambridge Primary Education Trust, we plan collaboratively across the five 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.
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’. We use a variety of strategies to ensure that we 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
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!
Reading is taught through dedicated, accurately planned sessions 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, reading for meaning, retrieval, prediction 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 banded 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 range of decodable picture books appropriate to the children’s level.