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 / Little Owls Ofsted Number 2530904


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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.

To find out more about the EYFS curriculum please visit:


If you require a paper copy of any of the information on this website it will be provided free of charge.

Curriculum activities offered to your child

Our curriculum is predominately based upon the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Playing & Exploring;                  Curiosity

                                                         Representing Ideas and Experiences     

                                                         Taking Risks


Active Learning;                            Concentration


                                                           Sense of Achievement


Creating & Critical Thinking;       Having own ideas            

                                                              Making links



Sample focus activities

Block Play - Block play provides a structure and foundation for children to learn to persevere, develop self-control and delay gratification, expand curiosity, gain self-confidence, and learn to overcome failure. Through exploration with blocks children become competent learners in all areas of cognitive, physical, social and emotional development as well as developing mathematical concepts. Blocks are especially beneficial when children are allowed to freely explore and manipulate the blocks in a variety of engaging ways.

Watercolour Painting - Children learn the skills of using resources and materials creatively to represent their ideas and theories, helping them to explore their thinking in different ways. We begin with painting a self-portrait to help children develop the appropriate skills such as understanding colour choices. 

Large Drum- Children use the large drum to explore rhythm as well as movement. Adults and children work together to develop critical thinking skills and make discoveries as part of a learning group. They set rules for working and learn to negotiate and reason with each other.

Mud Kitchen- The mud kitchencreates the opportunity to practice social skills and help children make sense of the world. It encourages creative thinking, helping to develop positive dispositions and improving cognitive function. Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity and position whilst exploring the characteristics of everyday kitchen objects and using everyday language to describe them.

Footprints Woods Visit- Woods visits impact on children’s confidence, social skills, language and communication, motivation and concentration, physical skills, and knowledge and understanding of the world. Children begin to feel confident about taking risks and trying things out. Asking questions and putting forward their own ideas whilst working as part of a group.  

Water Exploration- Water exploration is an inquiry into the properties of water; adults embrace children’s curiosity and encourage questions and problem solving as part of science exploration. Children can see how they affect the properties of water through their play.       

Kitchen Garden-As part of our ‘Food for Life’ initiative we grow some of our own fruit and vegetables. Through gardening children become more resilient, confident, eager to learn and develop healthier lifestyles. Gardening has an impact on children’s literacy and mathematical development as well as leading to being more active, having an inquisitive approach to learning and improved problem solving skills.

Light & Dark Exploration- Children are naturally curious; light and dark exploration acts as an open ended project for children to develop their own ideas and theories. We provide the space and time to explore with a variety of resources such as light boxes, projectors, torches and bubble tubes; making discoveries about shadows, colour, light, cause and effect. Children use their knowledge and skills to make connections across the areas of learning.

Throughout the Centre we plan using the Characteristics of Effective Learning alongside the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning (The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum https://foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf ).

We place emphasis upon children’s levels of well being and involvement.



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