Histon Early Years

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New School Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LL

Call us on 01223 712075  •  office@histon.cambs.sch.uk

Ofsted Registration Number 110595 / Childrens' Centre Ofsted number 21519


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Our Curriculum

We believe that 'play is children’s work' (Susan Isaac) and that young children learn most effectively through the medium of play.

We aim to help children acquire vital life-skills, which will increase their understanding of themselves, of others and of their environment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework was revised in September 2014 with more focus on the things that matter most.

The revised framework focuses not only on what children learn but how they learn. There is a greater emphasis on parents as partners by involving them as much as possible in their child’s learning and development.

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There is also a stronger emphasis on the three prime areas of learning which are most essential for children’s healthy development. These areas of learning are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas. They are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development (making relationships, self confidence, self awareness, managing feelings and behaviour)
  • Communication and Language (listening and attention, understanding and speaking)
  • Physical development (moving and handling, health and self care)

The specific areas of learning include essential skills and knowledge. They are:

  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Mathematics (numbers, shapes, space and measure)
  • Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)
  • Expressive Art and Design (exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative)

Above all we work to enable children to learn how to learn for themselves with increasing independence.

In planning our curriculum, we provide a wide range of practical, first hand play experiences which capture the interest of the children, motivate and challenge them and enable them to develop their full potential.

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Curriculum activities offered to your child in the Autumn Term

The primary focus for the first half term will be Personal, Social and Emotional Development; undertaking a project that enables the children to explore who they are, what they can do and to be motivated to learn. 

We will focus on the children having a sense of belonging, understanding how to access and use the continuous provision, including key areas such as: water; sand; mark-making; mathematics; block play and for children to be showing awareness of and responding to appropriate boundaries and routines.

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For example:

We will be supporting the children in getting to know their key-person and learning new routines such as: hand-washing; toileting; lunch time; snack arrangements, including having an awareness of their own dietary requirements, through our coloured cup and plate system.

Group and circle time will focus on ‘getting to know ‘each other through songs, activities, counting how many children are in the group and exploring the initial sounds (phonemes) of their name.

They will be encouraged to form positive relationships with their peers through various adult-led and child-initiated activities aimed at developing turn taking, cooperative play and responding to the feelings and wishes of others.

Children will explore areas across the Centre during a listening walk, linking with phase one of the Letters and Sounds initiative.

Key-persons will share with parent’s observations of their child’s first session and will ask for reflections on their experiences.

Baseline assessments will be undertaken within the first 3- 4 weeks of a child starting at Histon Early Years Centre, which will inform practitioner’s initial assessment of each child and help create individual next steps. There will be an opportunity for parents to meet the key workers and explore the environment on our Saturday meet and greet morning.

During the second half-term we will continue with our project related to ‘belonging’, using our assessment and observation information we will plan activities and experiences which develop children’s creative and critical thinking, helping them explore and develop shared interests and promote their personal fascinations.

We offer a family light and dark exploration evening to learn about festivals with a light and dark element and begin to think about celebrating Christmas.

We will be sending out the spring term curriculum area of focus before the Christmas break



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