We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum. We take a whole school approach to planning and take a topic based approach to teaching most of the subject areas.


Most school work is based on first hand experiences. Parents can help by showing enthusiasm for their child’s achievements, however small. Encouragement, support and interest inspire children to try harder and achieve more each day.

An overview of the topics being covered each half term will be sent home so you know what is being taught and examples are given of ways in which you can support your child. Where possible foundation subjects are linked via a topic based approach to offer a motivating, exciting, ‘hands on’ approach to learning that young children can relate to in a practical manner.


Foundation Stage

The Reception children follow the Foundation Stage curriculum.


There are three prime areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language


There are four specific areas:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


All reception children build on their past experiences both at home and within pre school settings, through the Foundation Stage provision. This ensures progression within these settings and sets out a range of activities at different levels, that cover different abilities. In common with Year 1 and 2 children, Reception children gradually work towards longer daily Literacy and Numeracy sessions developing a more structured approach as soon as the class is ready.


The Reading and Writing Process                   

  • Phonics – a route to good word recognition and recall

Phonics is the process by which speech is written down. At Costessey Infants we use;

  1. Speech sounds .Spoken words are formed by articulating groups of speech sounds
  2. Written sounds. To make reading and writing easier for children, we use Read Write Inc Phonics programme. It starts with a simple code, so children learn one way to read and write each of the 44 speech sounds.
  3. Decoding. When we read a word, each letter or letter groups make a speech sound. These are then blended into a spoken word.
  4. Encoding. We break words down into speech sounds and then write the letter for each sound.
  5. Synthetic Phonics teaching is built on the opposite principle of the alphabetic code; we decode the letters into sounds in order to read and we encode sounds into letters to spell.


  • Talk: the way to good language comprehension – recent studies suggest there is a very strong link between the academic success of a child and the number of words the child’s parents spoke to the child up to the age of three.
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