CURRICULUM – INFANTS
Cunningham Hill Infants have designed a curriculum around our belief that all children are unique and should be provided with opportunities to become happy, well-rounded and independent life-long learners, who are ready for the next step in their lives. Through careful planning of necessary skills, we are able to ensure that our children make positive progression as they move through the school.
We are proud of our diverse community and have integrated this as a fundamental element of our curriculum, whilst ensuring that Literacy remains the cornerstone of learning to support our multicultural school. By fostering this level of understanding and respect for all, our broad and varied curriculum offers our children the chance to thrive through topics whilst sharing in the rich experiences of others.
We teach the national curriculum to all children based on the latest programmes of study through an interesting, relevant and balanced curriculum. We give them:
- Opportunities for speaking and listening
- An emphasis on questioning skills.
- A wide range of stimulating resources.
- A range of teaching styles.
- Visitors from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations.
- History off the page and other curriculum-linked trips.
- Focus curriculum weeks e.g. poetry, music, art.
- A mix of formal and practical activities.
We get satisfaction from providing an enriched, relevant curriculum for all children. We are proud of our children’s independence and learning skills. For more information about our curriculum and ways you can support at home, please contact your child’s teacher or click on the link below to view the national curriculum in full.
Curriculum Skills Documents
These show the skills and knowledge that our children are expected to have gained by the end of Year 2. The Cunningham Hill Infant staff team have worked hard to ensure that the new National Curriculum is fully and comprehensively implemented within our school.
Each subject area now has a progression of skills chart which details the skills, knowledge and concepts that children will build up during their time in school. This ensures that children are offered teaching in line with their age and developmental stage, helping them to develop their learning in a coherent manner and supporting them to become increasingly independent in applying their skills.
At Cunningham Hill Infant School we know that children learn at different paces and some children will need additional support to acquire the key skills and knowledge stated on the Curriculum Skills documents. Other children may meet these objectives before the end of the Key Stage and they will be challenged to use their skills and knowledge in different contexts.
Our Curriculum Skills documents are linked to the National Curriculum. Teachers use Tapestry and SEESAW online platforms to provide suggestions for how parents can support at home and information about songs, stories, concepts and key learning in the classroom.
We take into consideration the interests of the children and teachers and make as many links across the curriculum as possible, e.g. teaching maths skills for handling data through a science lesson or writing diaries as a character from history.
We always welcome your feedback so if there is anything we can do to make the information contained here easier to access and/or understand please let us know. Please speak to Class Teacher or if you need any further information regarding the Curriculum Skills documents
Phonics and Reading
At Cunningham Hill Infant School, children learn to read with confidence and enjoyment through a structured teaching approach which includes the use of phonics, whole word recognition and comprehension and discussion. Teaching children to read is of paramount importance at Cunningham Hill Infant School. We believe reading is a life enhancing skill that is the entitlement of every child. We offer a balanced and creative, yet systematic, approach to the teaching of reading throughout the school; one which provides children with a teaching and application of phonics, alongside a focus on exploring comprehension, meaning and reading enjoyment. We encourage children to love books, to love reading, to love finding out information and to love sharing stories together.
We use a variety of different schemes to support English such as Literacy Tree.
Reading is an important part of the curriculum and is approached in many different ways including 1:1 reading, shared reading, group and whole class story sharing. We have a well-stocked library which is used by all the children, both formally and informally. Our children are supported to become fluent, confident readers who understand and can explain what they have read, thinking about pace and tone. They are also encouraged to become critical readers who can express opinions and preferences. Reading at home is also exceptionally valuable and we would like you to continue to support in this way by reading everyday with your child using either Bug Club or the texts supplied by school.
If you are able to volunteer some time to come in to school to hear children read, please contact the school office and we can organise times and classes.