Infants

The Infant Department includes the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. The children in Infants receive an exciting, engaging and nurturing introduction to school life. They are supported, encouraged and challenged to reach their full potential. We put a strong emphasis on self-knowledge, self-acceptance and of others and foster a spirit of togetherness and encouragement of each other.

 

The classes are traditionally named after seas, with the exception of the Nursery Classes.  Caspian Class are Reception aged children, Coral are Year 1 and Caribbean are Year 2 children.

Reception

Reception

Caspian (Reception) Class, Taught by Pauline Butcher

We provide high quality, purposefully planned play opportunities that enable children to develop and flourish. Our spacious indoor and outdoor learning spaces enable children to be active learners, become independent and develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Equal importance is placed on inside and outside environments and we ensure that each area stimulates the children’s imaginations.  All the areas are delivered through carefully planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We have a termly topic to base our activities around and are steered by the children’s interests.

Our creative approach helps the children make links in their learning. The topics fully capture the children’s imaginations and foster a love of learning through exciting learning experiences and rich resources along with developing an enquiry approach to learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum includes the characteristics of effective teaching and learning. The Nursery and Reception teachers plan activities with these in mind. They highlight the importance of a child’s attitude to learning and their ability to play, explore and think critically about the world around them.

 

The three characteristics are;  

  1. Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  2. Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  3. Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

We follow the areas of Learning and Development identified in Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The areas are divided into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’.

 

Prime Areas:  

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED): This area of development is critical for children in every aspect of their lives. It enables them to succeed in all the other areas of learning. Children develop a sense of belonging in a secure environment where they can gain confidence and learn to be independent.
  2. Communication and Language (CL): The main focus in this area is on the development of speaking, listening, attention and concentration.
  3. Physical Development (PD): Children explore activities that help them to develop,practise, gain confidence and improve their gross and fine motor skills.

 

Specific Areas:  

  1. Literacy (L): Children learn to listen carefully and enjoy a range of stories and rhymes. Children are encouraged to share books and gain a love of stories. Opportunities are available for children to develop their pre-writing skills in different ways and using a variety of tools such as pens, pencils, and brushes.
  2. Maths(M): Through songs, stories, imaginative play, games, block building, sand, water, technology and art, children will use mathematical language and develop mathematical concepts. While playing indoors and outdoors children will become familiar with counting, sorting, matching, observing patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measure.
  3. Understanding the World (UW): Children are encouraged to observe, explore and experiment with a wide range of materials using their five senses. Children begin torecognise features common to their immediate environment and later they begin to develop a sense of time past.
  4. Expressive Arts and Design (EAD): At CIS we encourage children to develop their creative and imaginative skills by providing opportunities to explore tactile and sensory materials. We encourage children to explorecolour, shape, texture and pattern; musical instruments, sounds and rhythm; imaginative role play through stories, songs and home experiences.

Years 1+2

Years 1+2

Coral Class (Year 1), taught by Miss Kate Pauley
Caribbean Class (Year 2) taught by Mr Daniel Orwin

For the Year 1 and 2 classes, there are daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons. All classes follow a learning framework based on the International Primary Curriculum, or IPC for short. The IPC is a topic based approach that incorporates Science, History, Geography, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Design & Technology (DT), Art, Sport and Music.

 

RE and PSHE are also a very important part of the curriculum. In RE we explore some of the key beliefs, rituals and celebrations from different major religions.

At the Primary School Sport and Music are taught separately by specialist teachers but the core framework of the IPC remains the same. The topics are carefully chosen for their diversity, subject coverage and interest value by the Infant teaching team.

 

Coral and Caribbean Class learn through the same topics during the year. These are organised on a two year rolling programme, so a child in beginning in Coral Class will not repeat the same topic twice during their time in the Infants.

A plan of a typical school day might run as follows:

8.45 – Arrival and quiet reading/independent activities

9.00  – Spanish

9.30 – Maths

10.15  – Snack and Play

10.45 – Phonics (children in differentiated groups)

11.15 – Literacy

12.00 – Lunch and play

1.00  – Outdoor Sport

2.15 – Topic

3.15 – Story

3.30 – Home

We plan trips based on what the children are learning through their topic, for example a topic on Houses and Homes might be enhanced by a trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, to learn about how people in different parts of the world adapt to their climate.

 

We also promote the learning of languages, with Spanish being taught in two 30 minute sessions each week, lunchtime and after school clubs in French and Mandarin, and also Mother Tongue lessons twice a week.

 

Coral and Caribbean Classes will have swimming lessons during the Summer term, when the weather is a little warmer and the children are a little older! We believe that swimming independently is something that will be a benefit and a pleasure for them for life.

Cambridge International School - CIS Infants Children in Need

Primary School
(Cherry Hinton Hall)

Cherry Hinton Road,
Cambridge CB1 8DW

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 416938

 Admissions enquiry email:
admissions@cischool.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 778290

Infants

The Infant Department includes the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. The children in Infants receive an exciting, engaging and nurturing introduction to school life. They are supported, encouraged and challenged to reach their full potential. We put a strong emphasis on self-knowledge, self-acceptance and of others and foster a spirit of togetherness and encouragement of each other.

 

The classes are traditionally named after seas, with the exception of the Nursery Classes.  Caspian Class are Reception aged children, Coral are Year 1 and Caribbean are Year 2 children.

Reception

Reception

Caspian (Reception) Class, Taught by Pauline Butcher

We provide high quality, purposefully planned play opportunities that enable children to develop and flourish. Our spacious indoor and outdoor learning spaces enable children to be active learners, become independent and develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Equal importance is placed on inside and outside environments and we ensure that each area stimulates the children’s imaginations.  All the areas are delivered through carefully planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We have a termly topic to base our activities around and are steered by the children’s interests.

Our creative approach helps the children make links in their learning. The topics fully capture the children’s imaginations and foster a love of learning through exciting learning experiences and rich resources along with developing an enquiry approach to learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum includes the characteristics of effective teaching and learning. The Nursery and Reception teachers plan activities with these in mind. They highlight the importance of a child’s attitude to learning and their ability to play, explore and think critically about the world around them.

 

The three characteristics are;  

  1. Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  2. Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  3. Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

We follow the areas of Learning and Development identified in Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The areas are divided into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’.

 

Prime Areas:  

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED): This area of development is critical for children in every aspect of their lives. It enables them to succeed in all the other areas of learning. Children develop a sense of belonging in a secure environment where they can gain confidence and learn to be independent.
  2. Communication and Language (CL): The main focus in this area is on the development of speaking, listening, attention and concentration.
  3. Physical Development (PD): Children explore activities that help them to develop,practise, gain confidence and improve their gross and fine motor skills.

 

Specific Areas:  

  1. Literacy (L): Children learn to listen carefully and enjoy a range of stories and rhymes. Children are encouraged to share books and gain a love of stories. Opportunities are available for children to develop their pre-writing skills in different ways and using a variety of tools such as pens, pencils, and brushes.
  2. Maths(M): Through songs, stories, imaginative play, games, block building, sand, water, technology and art, children will use mathematical language and develop mathematical concepts. While playing indoors and outdoors children will become familiar with counting, sorting, matching, observing patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measure.
  3. Understanding the World (UW): Children are encouraged to observe, explore and experiment with a wide range of materials using their five senses. Children begin torecognise features common to their immediate environment and later they begin to develop a sense of time past.
  4. Expressive Arts and Design (EAD): At CIS we encourage children to develop their creative and imaginative skills by providing opportunities to explore tactile and sensory materials. We encourage children to explorecolour, shape, texture and pattern; musical instruments, sounds and rhythm; imaginative role play through stories, songs and home experiences.

Years 1+2

Years 1+2

Coral Class (Year 1), taught by Miss Kate Pauley
Caribbean Class (Year 2) taught by Mr Daniel Orwin

For the Year 1 and 2 classes, there are daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons. All classes follow a learning framework based on the International Primary Curriculum, or IPC for short. The IPC is a topic based approach that incorporates Science, History, Geography, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Design & Technology (DT), Art, Sport and Music.

 

RE and PSHE are also a very important part of the curriculum. In RE we explore some of the key beliefs, rituals and celebrations from different major religions.

At the Primary School Sport and Music are taught separately by specialist teachers but the core framework of the IPC remains the same. The topics are carefully chosen for their diversity, subject coverage and interest value by the Infant teaching team.

 

Coral and Caribbean Class learn through the same topics during the year. These are organised on a two year rolling programme, so a child in beginning in Coral Class will not repeat the same topic twice during their time in the Infants.

A plan of a typical school day might run as follows:

8.45 – Arrival and quiet reading/independent activities

9.00  – Spanish

9.30 – Maths

10.15  – Snack and Play

10.45 – Phonics (children in differentiated groups)

11.15 – Literacy

12.00 – Lunch and play

1.00  – Outdoor Sport

2.15 – Topic

3.15 – Story

3.30 – Home

We plan trips based on what the children are learning through their topic, for example a topic on Houses and Homes might be enhanced by a trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, to learn about how people in different parts of the world adapt to their climate.

 

We also promote the learning of languages, with Spanish being taught in two 30 minute sessions each week, lunchtime and after school clubs in French and Mandarin, and also Mother Tongue lessons twice a week.

 

Coral and Caribbean Classes will have swimming lessons during the Summer term, when the weather is a little warmer and the children are a little older! We believe that swimming independently is something that will be a benefit and a pleasure for them for life.

Primary School
(Cherry Hinton Hall)

Cherry Hinton Road,
Cambridge CB1 8DW

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 416938

 Admissions enquiry email:
admissions@cischool.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 778290


From late 2018 the Nursery & Primary School & Senior School will be operating as two separate schools. 
 
The Senior school is transferring back to the ownership of Dr Harriet Sturdy and will remain as CIS.  The Nursery and Primary School will remain under the ownership of ISP under a new name.  The staff will remain the same at both schools.  For further information, please click here
 
We are centrally managing the admissions for both schools and please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to find out more about the
opportunities for your children.

From late 2018 the Nursery & Primary School & Senior School will be operating as two separate schools. 
 
The Senior school is transferring back to the ownership of Dr Harriet Sturdy and will remain as CIS.  The Nursery and Primary School will remain under the ownership of ISP under a new name.  The staff will remain the same at both schools.  For further information, please click here
 
We are centrally managing the admissions for both schools and please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to find out more about the
opportunities for your children.